As an Advanced Manufacturing Technician, you’ll be working in manufacturing facilities that use advanced equipment and computers to build and design products. Technicians set up, test, and run machines and equipment. To prepare for this field, your training will cover: quality control, computer-aided design, automated manufacturing, electronics, programmable logic controllers(PLCs), CNC machines, pneumatics, and schematic and blueprint reading. Hands-on lab activities are a major part of the instruction.
According to the Austin Chamber of Commerce, high-tech manufacturing currently represents 63 percent of the region’s manufacturing employment. Nearly 450 high-tech manufacturing firms employed 39,000 workers in 2019.
Classes offered at Austin Community College.
Individuals interested in this field should like working with their hands, tools, and machines. You will need to be a good troubleshooter who will take on and solve complex problems. You should be able to plan your steps, processes, and keep organized along the way.
The average salary for experienced professionals is around $59K a year. Entry-level pay starts around $16 an hour.