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!

  • Manufacturing Supervisor: $40,700 – $55,600
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic: $39,800 – $50,900
  • Electrical Technician: $39,300 – $54,200
  • Production Manager: $71,100 – $96,600
  • Civil Engineering Technician: $50,500 – $65,600
  • Electrical Maintenance Technician: $44,100 – $52,700
  • Engineering Technician: $45,000 – $58, 700
  • Aircraft Mechanic: $50,700 – $62,200
  • CNC Machine Operator: $42,300 – $55,600
  • Mechanical Drafter: $46,900 – $57, 418

    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 people in 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