Build your career in the growing advanced manufacturing industry! As the result of new technology, careers in manufacturing are engaging, technical and fast-paced. Some of the technologies used include computer technologies, sustainable technologies, advanced robotics, and process technologies. A career in manufacturing will allow you to take part in the process of creating a meaningful product!

Career Pathways

Requires on-the-job training, work experience, and/or a high school diploma
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Assembler and Fabricator $14.51
Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical Assemblers $15.35
Installation, Maintenance and Repair Workers $16.84
Welder, Cutter, Solderer and Brazer $17.68
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Structural Metal Fabricator and Fitter $14.53
Welder, Inspector, Tester, Sorter, Sampler and Weigher $24.50
Machinist $25.05
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Engineer $38.73
General and Operations Manager $51.35

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs
Training Programs Institution
Pre-Engineering Beulah Middle School
Fabrication and Engineering Ernest Ward Middle School
Advanced Manufacturing Northview High School
Advanced Manufacturing Pensacola High School
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
Machinist/Fabricator Pensacola State College
Advanced Welding George Stone Technical Center
CNC Composite Pensacola State College
CNC Composite Fabricator / Programmer Pensacola State College
CNC Machinist Pensacola State College
CNC Machinist Operator/Programmer Pensacola State College
Digital Manufacturing Specialist Pensacola State College
Industrial Technology Pensacola State College
Manufacturing Automation Specialist Pensacola State College
Welding George Stone Technical Center
Welding Certification Advanced Welding Pensacola State College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
Accounting University of West Florida
Business Administration University of West Florida
Computer Engineering University of West Florida
Economics University of West Florida
Electrical Engineering University of West Florida
Finance University of West Florida
Management University of West Florida
Management Information Systems University of West Florida
Mechanical Engineering University of West Florida
Supply Chain Logistics Management University of West Florida

IMPORTANT: In each potential pathway, the ability to transfer credits from one program level to the next is dependent on a variety of factors. Statewide articulation agreements may assist in these efforts but are not available for all potential career pathways. Ongoing guidance from academic career advisors and supervisors throughout your education and training pathway is recommended.

Note: Entrepreneurial skills are frequently incorporated in different Career Pathways programs to help students prepare to launch and contribute to successful enterprises of all types.

*Salary information source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics. The final education and wage rate is the decision of the hiring employer.

For more information about career and technical education in Escambia County middle and high schools, please visit Escambia County Schools Workforce Education.

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