Advanced Manufacturing

A new product is invented every day. And once you know the process of making something, there are rewards waiting for you. Programs in this sector train you in traditional manufacturing processes. Then, you learn how to branch out—things like customization, scalability and specific industry technologies. As California’s entire manufacturing industry expands, more job opportunities go to those who choose this career path.

Career paths & salary info (Median yearly salary)

  • Structural Iron and Steel Workers $63,398
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics $55,744
  • Machinists $49,332
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians $64,026
  • Industrial Production Managers $95,885

SAMPLE OF LOCAL EMPLOYERS

  • General Atomics
  • BAE Systems
  • Cymer Incorporated
  • United Technologies Corporation
  • Northrop Grumman
  • GKN Aerospace
  • Teledyne Technologies
  • Orbital ATK
  • UTC Aerospace Systems

Did you know?

  • San Diego County’s Advanced Manufacturing sector includes aerospace, maritime, clean technology, biomedical devices and products, pharmaceuticals, sporting goods, beverage and precision manufacturing.
  • 62% of students who graduated from the San-Diego Imperial community colleges’ Advanced Manufacturing programs in 2016 were employed after a year of exiting post-secondary education.
  • Most employers have difficulty finding qualified candidates for computer numerically controlled machine tool programmers, mechanical engineers and machinists.
  • Because Advanced Manufacturers are small, specialized firms, employers invest significant resources in training their workforce and providing personnel opportunities for job growth.
Source: San Diego-Imperial Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research & San Diego Workforce Partnership

Programs & Schools

Cuyamaca College

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  • Business Office Technology
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Assistant
  • Business Information Worker
  • Account Clerk
  • Front Office Receptionist
  • Office Assistant Level 1
  • Office Assistant Level 2
  • Office Professional
  • Office Software Specialst 1
  • Office Software Specialist 2
  • CADD Technology
  • Building Design Industry
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Computer and Information Sci
  • Networking, Secur & Sys Admin
  • Management
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Grossmont College

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  • Business Administration *ADT cert
  • Business Office Technology
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Assistant
  • Business Information Worker
  • Account Clerk
  • Front Office Receptionist
  • Office Assistant, Level 1
  • Office Assistant Level 2
  • Office Professional
  • Office Software Specialist, Lev 1
  • Office Software Specialist, Lev 2
  • Virtual Office Assistant
  • Computer Science/Info Systems
  • Computer Programming
  • Info Technology Technician
  • Management
  • Marketing
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Imperial Valley College

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  • Welding Technology
  • Diesel Farm Machinery and Heavy Equipment
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MiraCosta College

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  • 3D Modeling and Prototyping
  • Applied Design
  • Architectural Design
  • AutoCAD Certified User
  • Biomanufacturing
  • Computer-Aided Drafting
  • Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
  • Construction Management
  • Drafting Fundamentals
  • Engineering Design Graphics
  • Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Design
  • SolidWorks Certified User
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Palomar College

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  • Apprenticeship-Carpentry
  • Apprenticeship-Drywall/Lather
  • Apprenticeship-Inside Wireman
  • Apprenticeship-Plasterer
  • Apprenticeship-Sheet Metal
  • Cabinetmaking and Millwork
  • Carving Technology
  • Case Furniture Construction/Manufacturing
  • Guitar Making Technology
  • Lathe Turning Technology
  • Table and Chair Manufacturing
  • Veneering Technology
  • Woodworking Fundamentals
  • Woodworking Skills Technology
  • Construction Inspection
  • Computer Assisted Drafting
  • Drafting Technology: Multimedia
  • Drafting Technology: Technical
  • Electro-Mechanical Drafting and Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Technician
  • Foundations in Technical Careers
  • Public Works Management - Level I
  • Public Works Management - Level II
  • Entry-Level Gas Metal/Flux Cored Arc Weld
  • Entry-Level Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Entry-Level Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Welding Technology
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San Diego City College

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  • Machine Technology
  • Manufacturing and Engineering Technology
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San Diego Continuing Education

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  • Auto Body and Paint Technician
  • Quick Service Inspection Technician
  • Auto Technician
  • Service Advisor
  • Upholestry
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Metal abd Flux Cored Arc Welding
  • Pipe Welding
  • Metal Fabrication I
  • Metal Fabrication II
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San Diego Mesa College

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  • Computer Fashion Technology- Design
  • Computer Fashion Technology - Merchandising
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San Diego Miramar College

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  • Airframe
  • Airframe & Powerplant
  • Aviation General Studies
  • Engine Overhaul, Caterpillar
  • Engine Overhaul, Cummins
  • Engine Overhaul, Detroit Diesel
  • Engine Repair, Caterpillar
  • Engine Repair, Cummins
  • Engine Repair, Detroit Diesel
  • Pilot Studies
  • Powerplant
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Southwestern College

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  • Computer Aided Design and Drafting
  • Computer Aided Design and Drafting- Advanced
  • Construction Inspection
  • Construction Management
  • Design Technology
  • Electronics Computer Technician
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Pharmaceutical and Laboratory Science
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