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 $13.50
Inspector, Tester, Sorter, Sampler and Weigher $16.82
Woodworking Machine Setter, Operator and Tender $17.54
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer $19.05
Civil Engineer Technician $21.01
Industrial Machinery Mechanic $22.10
Welder, Cutter, Solderer and Brazier $26.10
First Line Supervisor of Production and Operating Workers $26.63
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Cost Estimator $29.76
Civil Engineer $45.93
Industrial Production Manager $49.05

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
Architecture Design Northwest Florida State College
Drafting and Design Northwest Florida State College
Electricity Emerald Coast Technical College
Heating, Ventillation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration 1 Emerald Coast Technical College
Heating, Ventillation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration 2 Emerald Coast Technical 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
Aircraft Airframe Mechanics Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Aircraft Power Plant Mechanics Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Computer Science University of West Florida
Engineering University of West Florida

Find Out More

To find out more about Middle and High School Career Academies in Walton County, please contact Abby Kellam at (850) 892-1100 ext. 1553, or submit this form:

To find about more about Next and Later education and traning programs, please contact our partners.


See a complete list of Walton County Career Academies or for more information about career and technical education in Walton County middle and high schools, please visit Walton County Career and Technical Education.


Explore other careers in the area…

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Architecture and Construction

Arts, AV Technology and Communication

Business Management and Administration

Engineering and Technology Education

Health Sciences

Hospitality and Tourism

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety and Security, Education and Training


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.