An Industry with a Future.

The Advanced Manufacturing sector combines cutting-edge technology with state-of-the-art processes in order to meet the ever-changing production requirements of California’s major industries. As this sector continues to evolve and adopt new technologies, the demand for workers who possess these advanced, high-tech skills will continue to grow. A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.

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Careers in Advanced Manufacturing

Make great products… and a great living! Advanced Manufacturing professionals are in demand.

3-D Printing | Machining | Chemical | Food | Biotech | Aerospace | Dental Equipment | Petroleum | Furniture | Household Products | Plastic Products | Paper Products | Metals | Transportation | Building Materials | Printing | Computers

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Skills Gained

Get the critical knowledge and tools to succeed in an Advanced Manufacturing career.

Critical Thinking | Leadership | Math | Problem Solving | Teamwork | Ability to Learn | Technical Ability | Mechanical Understanding | Listening | Communication | Situational Awareness | Computer Proficiency

Earning Potential for Careers in Advanced Manufacturing

Your Career Education in Advanced Manufacturing opens doors to bigger opportunities,higher salaries, and more!

  • 3-D Artist/Modelers: $50,000 – $55,000
  • Additive Manufacturing Techs: $27,000 – $56,000
  • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators: $31,860 – $48,910
  • Computer Hardware Engineers: $87,910 – $147,020
  • Cutting, Punching & Press Machine Setters & Operators: $26,710 – $40,640
  • First-Line Supervisors: $44,910 – $76,370
  • Industrial Engineers: $68,550 – $106,970
  • Industrial Production Managers: $60,030 – $193,450
  • Machinists: $33,410 – $53,540
  • Manufacturing Production Technicians: $46,810 – $79,290
  • Purchasing Agents: $47,070 – $81,830
  • Team Assemblers: $21,780 – $48,340
  • Welders, Cutters, Solderers, Brazers: $26,750 – $69,780
  • Industrial Engineers: $68,550 – $106,970

I’m juggling kids and a business, and I was able to find something here that I could fit into…my crazy life.

Jodie Davies
Fullerton College student

Advanced Manufacturing Facts

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The Orange County region accounts for 13.5% of all Advanced Manufacturing jobs in California. 

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From 2012-2017, the Manufacturing sector employed more peoplein Orange County than any other sector (more than 250,000).

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In a survey of Orange County Career Education students in manufacturing careers, 85% reported a wage increase, while 92% reported being “satisfied”or “very satisfied” with their education.

Orange County Community Colleges