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Advanced Manufacturing

Tennessee’s Advanced Manufacturing programs of study equip students with relevant, portable skills in fields that have been identified as rapidly growing and strategically important to the economy.

Welding

Description

Welding is designed to prepare students for entry-level welder certification. Skills in basic shielded metal, gas metal, flux cored, and gas tungsten arc welding are developed over a series of three courses.


Outcomes

Upon completion of this POS, proficient students will be able to apply quality control methods to the welding process, as well as be eligible to complete the American Welding Society (AWS) Entry Welder qualification and certification.

Dual enrollment and dual credit are offered in all Welding Pathways through area TCATs; check with your local school on availability.


Available at these schools

$38,150 median salary

4% job growth* From 2014-2024 – The median annual wage for career opportunities from this program with an associate degree, according to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics.


For careers in:
  • pipe-fitter
  • welder
  • plastics fabricator
  • millwright

Industry Update:

"The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways, and buildings." - cite

Electromechanical Technology

Description

Electromechanical Technology is designed for students who wish to pursue careers related to industrial maintenance. The course content focuses on analytical understanding, troubleshooting, operation, and maintenance of electrical, instrumentation, and mechanical systems in typical manufacturing facilities.


Outcomes

Upon completion of this POS, proficient students will be prepared to pursue postsecondary electromechanical programs and entry-level industrial maintenance technology careers.

Dual enrollment through TCAT Whiteville is offered with the Electrical program at Haywood High School.


Available at these schools

$53,340 median salary

1% job growth* From 2014-2024 – The median annual wage for career opportunities from this program with an associate degree, according to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics.


For careers in:
  • Industrial Maintenance Supervisor for a variety of industries
  • Electrical Technician
  • Mechanical Technician
  • Instrumentation Troubleshooter

Industry Update:

"Electromechanical technicians are generalists in technology, and their broad skill set will help sustain demand for their services." - cite

Mechatronics

Description

Mechatronics program content focuses on the components and design of manufacturing systems, electronics, mechanics, fluid power systems, and computer control systems, as well as the collection and analysis of quality data, technical documentation, and troubleshooting.


Outcomes

Upon completion of this POS, proficient students will be prepared to pursue industry certification and coursework at a technology or community college, or an engineering degree at a four-year postsecondary institution.

Dual credit/enrollment with Jackson State Community College and area TCATs is offered while students complete the Mechatronics Pathway in high school; contact your school for specific information.


Available at these schools

$53,910 median salary

2% job growth* From 2014-2024 – The median annual wage for career opportunities from this program with an associate degree, according to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics.


For careers in:
  • Quality Control Supervisor
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Computer Controls Technician

Industry Update:

"Opportunities for mechanical engineering technicians should continue, especially for those who can master new software and technology." - cite

Machining Technology

Description

Machining Technology is designed to prepare students for careers such as machinist, computer-numerical-control (CNC) operator, and machine setter. It focuses on concepts and practices needed to be successful in a production environment supported by advanced machining and engineering facilities.


Outcomes

Upon completion of this POS, proficient students will have gained experience to pursue postsecondary education and certifications related to the metalworking industry.

Dual enrollment with either TCAT Jackson or TCAT Whiteville is offered through Pathways; ask your local school which program they offer.


Available at these schools

$42,110 median salary

6% job growth* From 2014-2024 – The median annual wage for career opportunities from this program with an associate degree, according to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics.


For careers in:
  • NIMS Certified Machinist
  • Computer-numerical-control (CNC) operator
  • Metalworker

Industry Update:

"Employers will continue to need machinists, who have a wide range of skills and are capable of using modern production techniques. As manufacturers invest in new equipment and modify production techniques, they will rely heavily on experienced machinists." - cite

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