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    Advanced manufacturing is the use of innovative technology to improve products or
    processes, with the relevant technology being described as advanced, innovative, or
    cutting edge. Advanced manufacturing industries increasingly integrate new
    innovative technologies in both products and processes. The rate
    of technology adoption and the ability to use that technology to remain competitive and
    add value to define the advanced manufacturing sector.
    A 2010 survey of advanced manufacturing definitions by the White House states: "A
    concise definition of advanced manufacturing offered by some is manufacturing that
    entails the rapid transfer of science and technology (S&T) into manufacturing products
    and processes."
    Our graduates go on to careers as machinists, CNC programmers, robotics specialists,
    and engineers just to name a few. The average Machinist salary in Pittsburgh, PA is
    $43,749 as of September 25, 2020, but the range typically falls between $38,905 and
    $50,419. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors,
    including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have
    spent in your profession. Students of the Advanced Manufacturing program at
    Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology receive NIMS credentials Each NIMS
    credential represents a collection of skills and knowledge, and a person that earns one
    has demonstrated competency in that occupational area. As that person earns more of
    these stackable credentials, they show that they have an array of skills that have been
    verified against an industry­ written standard.
    Machinists set up, maintain, and operate computer and mechanically operated
    machines used to create parts for the manufacturing process. These positions require
    training, either in apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, or community or
    technical colleges. These employees also receive lots of on-the-job training. Advanced
    manufacturing centers upon improving the performance of industry through the
    innovative application of technologies, processes and methods to product design and
    production.


    Possible
    Occupations:

    · CNC Operator
    · CNC Programmer
    · Tool & Die Designer
    · Tool & Die Maker
    · Precision Grinder
    · Precision Machinist
    · Quality Control
    · CAD Programmers
    · Production Supervisor
    · Manufacturing Engineers



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    Academic
    Requirements:

    · Algebra I
    · Algebra II
    · Geometry
    · College Prep English
    · Science


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    Curricular
    Components:

    · Engine Lathes
    · Milling Machines
    · Surface Grinders
    · Saws & Drill Presses
    · CNC Programming & Operation
    · Blueprint Reading
    · Machine Maintenance
    · Safety

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    Fact Check

    · People interested in becoming machinists should be mechanically inclined, have good problem-solving abilities, be able to work independently, and be able to do highly accurate work that requires concentration.

    · Employment of CNC operators is expected to increase by 7 percent, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations.

    · Because most machinists train in CNC programming, they may write basic programs themselves and often modify programs in response to problems encountered during test runs. Modifications, called offsets, not only fix problems, but they also improve efficiency by reducing manufacturing time and tool wear.

    · Median hourly wages of machinists were $17.41 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $13.66 and $21.85.

Last Modified on April 21, 2021