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Advanced Manufacturing

What is Advanced Manufacturing?

Advanced Manufacturing refers to traditional manufacturing industry that is currently experiencing renewed growth and job creation as a result of evolving new technological advancements being merged with traditional manufacturing processes that have been the foundation of manufacturing for the last 100 years.

The Advanced Manufacturing industry of today can be summed up this way:

Advanced Manufacturing involves the use of technology to improve products and/or processes, with the relevant technology being described as advanced,” “innovative,” or “cutting edge,” combined with traditional technologies such as machining and welding. These advanced technologies include but are not limited to automation, computer controlled processes, networking, and software.

Careers in Advanced Manufacturing

Experts agree that careers in Advanced Manufacturing are plentiful and will continue to be available for years to come. Here are a few key statistics:

  • By 2030, 77% of skilled Baby Boomers (those born between 1946-1964) will have left the workforce and will need to be replaced, many in Advanced Manufacturing.*
  • Currently, 83% of manufacturers say a lack of skilled workers is hurting their business and 56% expect the shortage to worsen in the next 3-5 years.*
  • Careers in Advanced Manufacturing have some of the highest tenure and best benefits in the private sector, with 90% having medical benefits and 78% getting retirement contributions from their employers.*
  • These jobs also pay well – the average entry-level wage for manufacturing workers in the Piedmont Triad, including architecture, engineering and production occupations, is $30,000,  and the average annual wage for more experienced workers in these occupations is $49,000.

Forsyth Tech’s Advanced Manufacturing programs prepare students for careers in a variety of local industries including aviation, construction and heavy equipment, energy, and a diverse group of manufacturing support businesses. Our Advanced Manufacturing programs include:

Forsyth Tech has received the National Association of Manufacturers’ “Manufacturers’ Endorsed” designation for offering NAM endorsed third party certifications to students in the first four manufacturing programs listed above. These industry-recognized skills certifications enhance our graduates’ value in the workforce. Learn more here.

Valuable Links

The Facts About Modern Manufacturing, produced jointly by The Manufacturing Institute, the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, and the National Association of Manufacturers, is a collection of the key facts and figures that define the state of the U.S. manufacturing industry.

Manufacturing.gov, offering news and information on advanced manufacturing programs and related activities under way in federal agencies with science and technology missions.

*Source: Manufacturing In America: Perception Vs. Reality, sponsored by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), and the U.S. Commerce Department’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). (http://www.nist.gov/mep/mfg-america.cfm)

To learn more about Forsyth Tech’s Advanced Manufacturing programs, contact Todd Bishop, Department Chair of Integrated Manufacturing, and Program Coordinator of Mechanical Engineering Technology and Computer-Integrated Machining, at 336.734.7529 or tbishop@forsythtech.edu.

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