Advanced manufacturing describes the use of innovative technologies to improve all types of manufacturing.
It's a broad term that describes both a manufactured product with a high level of design, as well as the technology required to make it – such as CAD/CAM (computer aided design and computer aided machining) or robotics.
Advanced manufacturing is generally more flexible, efficient and cost-effective than traditional manufacturing processes. Workers trained in the latest advanced manufacturing technologies are immediately employable in a wide variety of industries.
Please note that Advanced Manufacturing-related programs fall under several different names at the colleges of DCCCD.
With the D/FW area a hub of high-tech manufacturing industry, trained workers are needed across all fields that require advanced manufacturing skills. Advanced manufacturing technicians, CNC (computer numerically controlled) machine operators and semiconductor technicians are needed right now to program, operate and repair sophisticated equipment for high-tech manufacturing.
Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas's targeted occupations through 2017 projects around 20 percent annual job growth this year for machinists and CNC machine operators, all positions in which automated processes play a role.
High- and steady-growth industry sectors include information technology, semiconductor manufacturing, medicine and homeland security.
Advanced manufacturing technology is used in automated fabrication machinery (robotics) that require skilled technicians to design, program, service and repair. The technology is also used to create automated processes that operate with minimal human intervention, freeing workers from routine tasks. Mechatronics refers to the combination of mechanics and electronics.
Learn more about Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics Technology.
This degree was designed in collaboration with Texas Instruments (TI), using target skills identified by its Engineering Council to produce highly skilled semiconductor manufacturing technicians. Its creation was funded by TI and Dallas County Community College District, as well as by a federal grant to Richland College to support the Veterans-Focused Engineering Technology Project for local veterans to enter or re-enter the job market.
Learn more about Engineering-Related Programs, including Electrical Engineering Technology.
Semiconductors, or microchips, are the "brains" of computers and can be found in almost every electronic product — including cars, cellphones, microwaves and traffic signals. The Internet, wireless communications, satellites and modern medicine all depend on the microchips that control sophisticated computer systems.
Learn more about Semiconductor Manufacturing.