Advanced Manufacturing offers a life-long career path, with numerous opportunities for advancement. Over the next decade, nearly half of the manufacturing professionals in Florida are expected to retire, leading to thousands of openings for career seekers. Businesses are proactively recruiting skilled workers – those with training beyond high school, but less than a degree.
Potential Careers in Advanced Manufacturing: Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator, Quality Control Inspector, Production Technician, Logistics Technician, Electronics Technician, Assembly Technician, Machinist, Welder
Through CareerSource Central Florida and Valencia College’s ongoing commitment to meet regional demand, the Advanced Manufacturing programs were developed under the direction and continued oversight of key industry leaders. Our programs remain up-to-date and in-line with innovative industry standards, to meet the expectations of regional businesses.
We offer the opportunity to expand and grow your current skillset through degrees, specialized training, and continued education.
Advanced Manufacturing Specialist Certificate (AMSC)
This required four-day foundation course is designed to introduce you to the field of advanced manufacturing. It will cover the various specializations and certifications available, as well as the different careers.
Career Pathways Upon Completing AMSC:
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Production Specialist (220-hour course, plus 100 hours of hands-on experience) This internationally – and nationally – recognized course offers a pathway to one of the most sought after positions in today’s high-tech manufacturing marketplace. You will start with the basics of CNC machining by working first with the manual machines and then progress to working with some of the most advanced computer simulation tools in order to better understand the mechanics of designing and making simple parts. You will then get hands-on training on the big CNC machines and put your knowledge to use.
Typical entry-level wages for these positions average $12 – 20 per hour.
Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA) (200-hour course, plus 80 hours of hands-on experience) The American Society for Quality (ASQ) CQIA certification is nationally recognized. Quality is ingrained into every part of the manufacturing process. Students will learn about quality control and inspection methods need in today’s manufacturing environment, along with various process improvement tools. Students will be exposed to the basic concepts of Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing, as well as learn the use of multiple tools for measuring quality tolerances in a hands-on capacity.
Typical entry-level wages for these positions average $12 – 17 per hour.
Assembly Operator/Certified Production Technician (CPT) (200-hour course, plus 80 hours of hands-on training) This nationally-recognized certification is tested and certified by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC). The education is focused around key skills needed within the manufacturing sector including: safety, quality and measurements, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness. Hands-on assembly training including wire harnessing and cabling, soldering, and practical experience with tooling and equipment is also included in this course.
Typical entry level-wages for a CPT range from $10 – 15 per hour.