Picture blocks of metal: steel, aluminum, brass, copper or possibly various alloys of these materials. Now picture these blocks of metal transformed into complex intricate and highly precise parts and products. Manufactured items include tools and parts or sub-assemblies used in the automotive, aerospace, medical and construction industries to name a few. Students in NHTI’s Advanced Manufacturing Process Technology program learn manufacturing processes related to traditional machining practices and computer-controlled (CNC) automating machining.
According to the United States Department of Labor, job opportunities for machinists and tool and die makers should be excellent, as employers continue to value the wide-ranging skills of these workers. The number of workers learning to be machinists and tool and die makers is expected to be smaller than the number of job openings arising each year from the need to replace experienced machinists who retire or leave the occupation for other reasons.
Advanced Manufacturing Process Technology is one of NHTI’s programs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). According to the US Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are expected to grow by 17% through 2018 and STEM workers command earnings 26% more than their counterparts in non-STEM occupations. STEM jobs grew 7.9% from 2000 to 2008, for example, while non-STEM jobs grew just 2.6% during that time. Also, STEM workers earn more, from 12 – 60% more, than their counterparts with similar levels of education.
Visit NHTI’s Advanced Manufacturing Process Technology Department for information on degree and course offerings. NHTI also offers degrees in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Robotics and Automation Engineering Technology, as well as the following certificates: Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Applied Career Fundamentals for Advanced Manufacturing.
- Career Paths for This Major
- Skills Developed Through This Major
- Sample Career Titles
- Sample Employers
- Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers
- How to Increase Employability
- Professional Association Links
- Employment and Internship Links
When you graduate with this major, you will have work options that are varied and that depend upon your specific interests, abilities, work values, and hands on experience in the field. Advancement and post degree opportunities vary depending on the industry, employer, and specific knowledge and skills sought. Some grads may prefer the hands on side of machining and pursue work that allows them to hone specific hands on skills while others prefer to focus on higher degrees of computer/automation related skills and training. Employers may offer specialized training in house that relates to their specialized work needs. In addition, some advanced machinist positions, such as those in the aircraft manufacturing industry, require the use of advanced applied calculus and physics. Self-employment is yet another option for a skilled machinist.
Advanced studies in engineering and/or business would lead to even greater career avenues. The specific academic and hands on training sought depends on personal interests and goals.
- Application of shop and tool room mathematics
- Interpretation and understanding of tool room mathematics
- Interpretation and understanding of engineering drawings
- Knowledge of machine tool processes and the basic machine tools: lathe, milling, machine grinder, CNC programming: mills and lathes
- CNC machine operation
These titles include positions that you may qualify for with this associate’s degree:
Positions that may require a bachelor’s degree and beyond:
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Industrial Engineer
- Materials Engineer
- Manufacturing Firms
- Machine Shops
There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing. Use the links on this page to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’. Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.
- Machinists (and Tool and Die Makers) – Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Machinists - O’NET
- Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic O’NET
Additional sources of information for this major include:
- NHTI Faculty, Advisors, and Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Process Technology Department resources
- Professionals who are working in the field
- Professional Associations (see below)
- Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
- Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment/internship positions related to your targeted field.
- Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations. You can use the links below to do career research and to connect with local association members. You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member.
- New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP)
- Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA)
- National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
- American Mold Builders Association (AMBA)
- Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
- National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA)
- Precision Machines Products Association (PMPA)
- Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)
- Practical Machinist – largest manufacturing technology community on the web
See below for job posting sites related to this major (including our own home grown NHTI posting site – see first link).