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 $11.47
Woodworking Machine Setters Operator $13.41
Inspector, Tester, Sorter, Sampler and Weigher $14.35
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Welder, Cutter, Solderer and Brazier $19.81
First Line Supervisor of Production and Operating Workers $22.03
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Civil Engineer $30.44
Engineering Manager $54.75

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs
Training Programs Institution
Welding Technology Fundamentals Homes County High School
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
Advanced Welding Technology Florida Panhandle Technical College
Drafting Florida Panhandle Technical College
Electrical and Instrumentation Technology Florida Panhandle Technical College
Welding Technology Florida Panhandle Technical College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
Civil Engineer Florida State University (Bay County)
Computer Engineer Florida State University (Bay County)
Electrical Engineering Florida State University (Bay County)

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.

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