Advanced manufacturing is the use of innovative technology to improve products or processes. Not all advanced manufacturing applies to next generation products; it can be driven by quality improvements in existing manufacturing processes. Advanced manufacturing … includes using new, often leading-edge machines and processes to make products that are unique, better or even cheaper. Advanced manufacturing also facilitates rapid integration of process improvements, readily permits changes in design, such as new part features or substitute materials, and accommodates customization and cost-effective low-volume production.
In addition, advanced manufacturing entails systems and products that not only increase worker productivity/efficiency but also lead to a greater degree of employee safety (for example: automation lifting systems that reduce the risk of back injuries).
Jobs in the advanced manufacturing sector require a complete understanding and mastery of a variety of skill sets. At the top of the list are strong foundational skills in math, reading, communications and technology. In addition, workers need production skills to set up, operate, monitor and control the manufacturing process. They need skills in health and safety to maintain a safe work environment. They need skills in maintenance, installation and repair to maintain and optimize complex equipment and systems. They need knowledge of supply chain logistics in order to plan and monitor the movement and storage of materials and products. Advanced manufacturing workers also need skills in quality assurance and continuous improvement to ensure that products and processes meet quality requirements.
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Advanced Manufacturing Pathway Certification (scaled down) – approved November 2016
Nash Community College area partners – approved 10/2017
College of the Albemarle area partners – approved 2/2018
Edgecombe Community College area partners – approved 8/2019
Halifax Community College area partners – approved 12/2020
Career Examples (click to link to O*Net)
Quality Control Tech
Industry Machine Mechanic
Production Team Member