Career Pathways in the
Advanced Manufacturing Industry

Build your career in the growing advanced manufacturing industry! As the result of new technology, careers in manufacturing are engaging, technical and fast-paced. Some of the technologies used include computer technologies, sustainable technologies, advanced robotics, and process technologies. A career in manufacturing will allow you to take part in the process of creating a meaningful product!


Requires on-the-job training, work experience, and/or a high school diploma

Job   2015 Avg Hr Rate
Metal Machine Operators and Tenders   $14.59
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers   $15.20


Requires 2-4 years of education beyond high school or on-the-job work experience

Job   2015 Avg Hr Rate
General and Operations Managers   $60.71
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators   $15.09
Industrial Production Managers   $53.94
Maintenance Workers, Machinery   $20.57


Requires 4 or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience

Job   2015 Avg Hr Rate
Chemists   $31.93
Architectural and Engineering Managers   $55.79
Software Developers, Systems Software   $43.52
Management Analysts   $28.89


Programs are middle and high school career exploration or career academy programs

Training Program   Institutions/School
Fabrication & Engineering Academy   Ernest Ward Middle School
Automation & Production Technology Academy   Northview High School

Automation & Production Technology Academy**

International Trade & Logistics Academy

  Pensacola High School
Robotics & Energy Academy   Workman Middle School


Programs are certifications, technical programs or 2-year degrees

Training Program   Institutions/School

Welding Certification

  George Stone Technical Center

Welding Certification

​Electrical & Instrumentation Technology**        

  Locklin Tech*

Welding Certification

CNC Machinist Certification

AutoCAD Foundations Certification

A.S. Engineering Technology (Specialization in Advanced Manufacturing)

A.S. Engineering Technology (Specialization in Mechanical Design and Fabrication)

A.S. Industrial Management

  Pensacola State College


Programs are bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral programs

Training Program   Institutions/School

B.S. Mechanical Engineering**

B.S. Electrical Engineering

B.S. Computer Science

  University of West Florida

*Located in Santa Rosa County

** Program Coming Soon

Organized by Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties


Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics - August 2014
Primary Data Collection - Greater Pensacola Chamber