Is getting a degree in Advanced Manufacturing (AM) worth the next two years of your life?
The short answer is YES! Capital IDEA has done the research. Every degree program we sponsor has to meet several criteria before we can add them to the Career Expressway and offer them as FREE degrees:
The Advanced Manufacturing degree at Austin Community College meets the criteria above, and the Austin area has excellent companies looking to hire college graduates for skilled positions right away. We have created a Top 5 List. These local Manufacturing companies have historically been reliable employers of AM graduates, and they provide a livable wage with room for advancement.
OUR TOP 5 LIST:
Samsung Austin has close to 5,000 employees in Austin and is a leading manufacturer of digital products. Their Austin facility is one of the most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the world.
National Instruments has been around since 1976, is a nationally known brand, and is one of the largest manufacturing companies in the Austin area. They have over 10,000 employees and are always looking for high-performing graduates.
Flex has close to 2,000 employees in Austin and was one of Fortune’s 2021 World’s Most Admired Companies. They specialize in electrical and electronic manufacturing, so AM graduates focusing on electronics are a good fit for them.
Applied Materials boasts the title of #1 provider to the semiconductor industry since 1992. The Austin branch hosts close to 2,000 employees, and a quick search on Indeed.com will show they have current open positions.
Tesla may be the new kid on the block in Austin, but they are one of the most well-known electrical automobile manufacturers in the world. With the new plant opening in the Austin area, they are currently hiring for many manufacturing positions.
While you can get some manufacturing jobs without a degree or certification, those jobs start out either at minimum wage or slightly above and often have limited opportunity for advancement. With a degree, you’ll enter at a higher level with a career path ahead of you.
If this is the exciting, high-tech career opportunity you’ve been waiting for, then an associate degree is what you need to jump in, start at the right level, and keep climbing. The employers on our Top 5 list are only some of the great companies in the Austin area ready to hire you once you graduate.