Manufacturing

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 Setter, Operator and Tender $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
Industrial Machinery Mechanic $21.61
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
/School
Advanced Manufacturing Technology Freeport High School
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
/School
AC Refrigeration and Heating I & II Emerald Coast Technical College
Architecture Design Northwest Florida State College
Drafting and Design Northwest Florida State College
Electricity Emerald Coast Technical College
Engineering Technology Maintenance Northwest Florida State College
Engineering Technology Mechanical Design and Fabrication Specialization Northwest Florida State College
Project Manager - Technology Management Northwest Florida State College
Technician Specialization Northwest Florida State College
Welding Technician Northwest Florida State College
Welding Technology Emerald Coast Technical College
Welding Technology Advanced Emerald Coast Technical College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
/School
Accounting University of West Florida
Aircraft Airframe Mechanics Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Aircraft Power Plant Mechanics Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
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 Walton County middle and high schools, please visit Walton County Career and Technical Education.


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