Preparing for a Career in Advanced Manufacturing

It's never too late to begin your career development in the high-tech manufacturing world. Technically skilled employees are needed now more than ever, contrary to what you might read or be told! Learn more about different career pathways to help you prepare for a wide variety of advanced manufacturing occupations. There are so many educational options available to help you pursue opportunities within your region, in your state and across the country.

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Society of Manufacturing Engineers - Education Foundation
Dearborn, MI

The SME Education Foundation is committed to giving the next generation the proficiency they need to be successful in a world of unprecedented technological change and global competition.

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Johnson County Community College
Overland Park, KS

Programs: Industrial Maintenance, Metal Fabrication Technology, Welding Technology

The Metal Fabrication/Welding Technology program offers two distinct career path options. The Structural option is designed to train students to operate welding equipment to weld structural metal components/members. The Manufacturing option is designed to train students to operate welding equipment to weld metal components in a manufacturing environment.
The program is accredited as an American Welding Society Participating Organization in the Training and Testing of Entry Level Welders.

Industrial maintenance requires people employed in the field to be trained in a variety of areas, including welding, electricity, HVAC, gasoline or diesel engines, and generators. Often, the needs will change due to growth in a company or the expansion of services provided. This degree option will allow a student to choose from numerous courses to custom build a program that will fit the needs of an employer. It will also allow students employed in an industrial maintenance position to broaden their skill areas and achieve an associate of applied science degree.


Richard Tremain
Industrial Technology Department

Phone: 913-469-8500

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