What is advanced manufacturing?

In Central Texas, there's a fascinating field called advanced manufacturing. It involves creating all sorts of things, from huge rockets and turbines to tiny nanochips. And guess what? They need people like you to make it happen! Here's the scoop: More than 2,200 employers in Central Texas are part of this exciting industry. It's one of the fastest-growing job sectors in the region. So, if you're curious about making things and being part of innovation, this is your chance!

Why should you care?

  • High school opportunities

    Even if you're still in high school, you can start building skills and even earn college credit. Imagine getting a head start on your career journey!
  • Upskilling and transitioning

    Maybe you're looking to learn new skills or switch to a different field. Well, accelerated training programs are waiting for you. They'll equip you with the necessary skills for a fast-paced career in advanced manufacturing.
  • Veterans welcome

    If you're a veteran transitioning back to civilian life, this field offers exciting possibilities. Think robotics, engineering, programming, and production—all happening right here in Central Texas!

Ready to take charge of your future? Fill out our intake form, and a representative from ARMA (Austin Regional Manufacturers Association) will guide you toward an exciting and fulfilling path! 🚀🔧🤖

Exciting Opportunities

Let's break down the exciting career opportunities in advanced manufacturing. These roles offer robust paths for anyone interested in shaping the future of manufacturing! 🛠️🌟:

Maintenance technicians
  • What they do: Calibrate, troubleshoot, and maintain equipment using various tools.
  • Why it matters: Ensures that machines and production levels run smoothly.
Maintenance and equipment engineers
  • What they do: Manage production schedules and ensure equipment efficiency.
  • Why it matters: Connects different departments, focusing on assembly, machinery, and processing across production lines.
Robotics and automation project managers
  • What they do: Orchestrate the development and launch of new products and processes.
  • Why it matters: Leads cross-functional teams and brings innovative ideas to life.
Innovation managers
  • What they do: Scout out emerging technologies and drive Research & Development efforts.
  • Why it matters: Shapes the future of manufacturing within the organization.
Data scientists for manufacturing
  • What they do: Analyze production data to uncover insights and optimize processes.
  • Why it matters: Helps predict future trends.
AI specialists for manufacturing
  • What they do: Use artificial intelligence to optimize production and ensure quality control.
  • Why it matters: Predicts equipment failures and improves efficiency.
Additive manufacturing specialists (3D)
  • What they do: Master 3D printing, creating complex objects layer by layer from digital designs.
  • Why it matters: Pioneers transformative technology, crafting personalized prosthetics and lightweight rocket parts.
Sustainable manufacturing specialists
  • What they do: Make manufacturing greener by optimizing resource usage and minimizing waste.
  • Why it matters: Reduces the environmental footprint.
Semiconductor engineers
  • What they do: Design and fabricate tiny yet powerful components.
  • Why it matters: Drives innovations in consumer electronics and automotive systems.

Start your training

Four institutions in Central Texas offer affordable programs. Not sure which one is right for you? Contact us and we will help you choose.

Austin Community College

ACC's Advanced Manufacturing Department offers academic degree programs and continuing education programs. Whether you are pursuing a degree or skills training for entry-level jobs, ACC has courses for you.

Texas State Technical College

TSTC offers both an associate's degree and certificate program in advanced manufacturing and machinery. These programs focus on the assembly, operation, maintenance, and repair of electromechanical devices.

Skillpoint Alliance

The training course at Skillpoint Alliance prepares graduates for entry-level technician positions. This course includes many opportunities for hands-on learning with high-tech machines.

Temple College

Temple's Engineering Technology Department offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Drafting/Design Engineering Technology. This degree prepares you to work as an engineering technologist or to continue your education at a four-year college.

What to expect from manufacturing training?

In Central Texas, there's a program called Advanced Manufacturing. It helps you learn and prepare for jobs in this exciting field. Here's what you can expect:

  1. 1. Hands-on training

    You'll learn in modern classrooms at schools like Austin Community College, Texas State Technical College, and Temple College. They'll teach you about things like computer design, making stuff, quality control, and electronics.
  2. 2. Credits and skills

    As you learn, you'll earn credits. But it's not just about credits—it's about gaining practical skills. These skills can stack up like building blocks. They'll help you get different jobs and make you more competitive.
  3. 3. Entry points

    Whether you're just starting out or have some college experience, this program has options for you. You can even get ready for entry-level jobs in just a few weeks through programs like Certified Product Tech (CPT).
  4. 4. Industry connections

    The training also connects you with local employers. They're the ones who hire people for these jobs.
  5. 5. Career ladder

    If you want more focused training, there are awards and certificates. These can lead to associate degrees and even bachelor's degrees. It's like climbing a ladder to success!

Explore the specific programs our training providers offer to find your path in advanced manufacturing! 🛠️🌟

Myths and facts about advanced manufacturing

Let's break down some common myths and set the record straight:

Myth: You can't earn college credits in high school manufacturing programs

Fact: Actually, you can! If you're in high school and interested in manufacturing (like welding, machining, programming, or robotics), local colleges like Austin Community College, Temple College, and Texas State Technical College offer partnerships. You can earn college credits toward certificates, associate degrees, and even bachelor's degrees while still in high school. That's a head start on your college journey and future career!

Myth: Manufacturing is stuck in the past!

Fact: Not true! Advanced manufacturing, which includes robotics and automation technology, is all about cutting-edge stuff. Imagine robots, AI, and 3D printing. It's way cooler than the old image of “making widgets in a factory.”

Myth: It's all low-paying, dead-end jobs

Fact: Nope! Advanced manufacturing jobs pay well and offer clear paths for growth. It's not just a job—it's a career. You can climb the ladder and see your salary increase along the way.

Myth: Manufacturing isn't safe for the planet

Fact: Wrong again! Sustainability matters in advanced manufacturing. They're all about eco-friendly production methods and creating products that are kinder to our planet. So, it's a win-win for both us and Mother Earth! 🌎🌱

Remember, advanced manufacturing is exciting, forward-thinking, and full of opportunities! 🛠️🌟