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 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
Packaging and Filling Machine Operator $20.10
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
Electrical and Instrumentation Technology Florida Panhandle Technology College
Welding Technology Florida Panhandle Technology College
Advanced Welding Technology Florida Panhandle Technology College
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
/School
Advanced Welding Technology Florida Panhandle Technical College
Drafting Florida Panhandle Technical College
Electrical and Instrumentation Technology Florida Panhandle Technical College
Electrician Tom P. Haney Technical College
Engineering/Manufacturing Gulf Coast State College
HVAC Tom P. Haney Technical College
Welding Technology Florida Panhandle Technical College
Welding Technology Tom P. Haney Technical College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
/School
Electrical Engineering University of West Florida
Manufacturing Gulf Coast State College

*Salary information source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics, August 2016. The final education and wage rate is the decision of the hiring employer.

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.

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