Manufacturing Abstract

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing professionals design and improve products, operate high-tech tools and machinery, analyze problems, and come up with creative solutions. In Advanced Manufacturing you will have the chance to work with both your hands and your mind.

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Building Things Precisely

When Michelle Dirham expressed interest in switching careers, her husband encouraged her to take a machining course at FVCC. “He reminded me that I like to build things and that I insist on precision,” she said. She enrolled in a CNC machining course and things clicked into place.
Michelle Dirham Portrait
Having a variety of class times to choose from has been helpful. And the instructors are very understanding and supportive
Michelle Dirham
The mother of three children is now well on her way to earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Machine Technology, as well as an Associate of Science degree.

Certificate of Applied Science

One year of study.
Precision Assembler

Precision Assembler

  • Average Salary:  $30,270
  • Job Growth (10 yr):   Average
  • Annual Openings:  Very few
CNC Manufacturing

CNC Operator

  • Average Salary:  $40,080
  • Job Growth (10 yr):  Average

Associate Degree/Certificate

Two years of study.
Industrial Electronics Repair

Industrial Electronics Repair

  • Average Salary:  $66,430
  • Job Growth (10 yr):  Slower than average
Machinist

Machinist

  • Average Salary:  $42,270
  • Job Growth (10 yr):  Average
  • Annual Openings:  Few

Bachelor's Degree

Four years of study.
Photonics Engineer

Photonics Engineer

  • Average Salary:  $84,040
  • Job Growth (10 yr):  Faster than average
  • Annual Openings:  Very few
Industrial Electronics Repair

Production Manager

  • Average Salary:  $127,400
  • Job Growth (10 yr):  Average 

Make Your Way Into the Advanced Manufacturing Field

Whether you’re just exploring in high school, still undecided as a college student, or an adult who is wondering if this field is right for you, you can take steps today to enter the advanced manufacturing field. Find out what you can do no matter where you are.
  • Engineering
  • Electronics/Digital Electronics
  • Robotics
  • Computer Programming
  • Business
  • Drafting (CAD)
  • Welding/Metals/Fabrication
  • Shop Safety
  • Construction
  • OSHA Training
  • Physics
  • Senior Year Math
  • Career Planning
  • Photonics
  • Process Plant Technology
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • CNC Machining Technology
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician
  • Engineering Technology
  • Job Shadow
  • Pre-Apprenticeship
  • Summer/Part-time Job
  • Tour a CNC manufacturing facility or manufacturing business
  • Attend College-Industry Events (i.e. TekNoExpo at MSU Northern, Manufacturing Day at Gallatin College, Women in Gear at Helena College, Industrial Expo at Missoula College)
  • Automated Manufacturing Technologies
  • Machine Operator
  • CNC Machinist
  • Design Engineer
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Precision Measurement Inspector
  • Manufacturing Quality Control

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