Advanced manufacturing describes the use of innovative technologies to improve all types of manufacturing.
It's a broad term that describes both a manufactured product with a high level of design, as well as the technology required to make it – such as CAD/CAM (computer aided design and computer aided machining) or robotics.
Advanced manufacturing is generally more flexible, efficient and cost-effective than traditional manufacturing processes. Workers trained in the latest advanced manufacturing technologies are immediately employable in a wide variety of industries.
Please note that Advanced Manufacturing-related programs fall under several different names at Dallas College:
Why is This a Good Career Bet?
With the D/FW area a hub of high-tech manufacturing industry, trained workers are needed across all fields that require advanced manufacturing skills. Advanced manufacturing technicians, CNC (computer numerically controlled) machine operators and semiconductor technicians are needed right now to program, operate and repair sophisticated equipment for high-tech manufacturing.
Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas's targeted occupations through 2017 projects around 20% annual job growth this year for machinists and CNC machine operators, all positions in which automated processes play a role.
High- and steady-growth industry sectors include information technology, semiconductor manufacturing, medicine and homeland security.
Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant
Richland is the recipient of a $3.25-million grant awarded by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) to meet regional employer needs through associate degree and certificate programs in electronics and manufacturing. The program also offers nationally recognized credentials from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET).