At a Glance

With an estimated 34,590 new job opportunities each year in California, and only about 5,868 graduates to fill them, manufacturing and product development remains a promising sector for those who like to work with their minds and hands. High-tech manufacturing continues to grow, especially in the areas of 3-D printing, and high-speed, computerized numerical control machining. A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.

Types of Careers

  • CNC Programmer
  • Machine Technician
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Cabinetmakers & Bench Carpenter
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Power Plant Operator
  • Fabric & Apparel Pattern Maker
  • Certified Welder

Salary Snapshot

  • Welder, Cutters, Solders, and Brazers:
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
    Technicians: $65,521
  • Electrical and Electronics Repairers,
    Commercial and Industrial Equipment:
  • Industrial Engineering Technicians:
  • Occupational Health and Safety
    Specialists: $80,213
  • CNC Machine Tool Pragrammers, Metal
    and Plastic: $62,479

Annual Wages are based on 2,80 work hours per year.

Industry Sector Pathways

  • CAD/CAM, Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Industrial Automation, Supply Chain Technology
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, Instrumentation Technology
  • Machine Technology, Machine Operator, Basic/Conventional Machining, Tool & Die
  • Operations and Production Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Welding, SMAW, GTAW, FCAW, Stick, TIG

Consider a Career in Advanced Manufacturing