Advanced manufacturing may be defined as the rapid transfer of science and technology into the manufacture of products or producing technologically complex products using high-level design skills. Technically skilled employees, especially those who are cross-trained for different positions, are in high demand. Students may concentrate on one of four areas: CNC (Computer Numerical Control)/machining, industrial systems, manufacturing/design or welding.
What they do
- Machinists and tool and die makers set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments and tools.
- Welders join metal parts together and also fill holes, indentions, or seams of metal products, using hand-held metal joining equipment.
- Maintenance workers repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery. Assemblers put together finished products and the parts that go in them.
- Computer-assisted designers and drafters use computer software to convert designs into technical drawings and plans.
- Degree may also be a bridge to JC’s Bachelor of Science in Energy Systems Management.
Jackson College Offers the following program options:
Employers typically look for applicants with some college education, usually a certificate or associate degree. Jackson College offers an associate degree in advanced manufacturing, as well as certificate and skill set credentials in: • Industrial Systems – Advanced Manufacturing; • Manufacturing Design – Advanced Manufacturing; • Welding – Advanced Manufacturing
Starting salaries vary, with a range from the mid- $35,000 to $75,000 per year.
Depending on the location and the job, employment in these careers is projected to increase from 7-19 percent in the coming years.