Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathway

Certificate of Applied Science (1 year)


Associate's Degree/Certificate (1-2 years)


Bachelor's Degree (4 years)


    Try Your Hand at Work


  • Job Shadow
  • Pre-Apprenticeship
  • Summer/Part-time Job
  • Tour a CNC manufacturing facility or manufacturing business
  • Attend College-Industry Events (i.e. TekNoExpo at MSU Northern, Manufacturing Day at Gallatin College, Women in Gear at Helena College, Industrial Expo at Missoula College)

    College Major Options


  • Photonics
  • Process Plant Technology
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • CNC Machining Technology
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician
  • Engineering Technology

    Career Options


  • Automated Manufacturing Technologies
  • Machine Operator
  • CNC Machinist
  • Design Engineer
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Precision Measurement Inspector
  • Manufacturing Quality Control
Industry Recognized Credentials
American Welding Society
OSHA 10 and/or OSAH 30 Safety Training
Canadian Welding Bureau
OSHA Welding Certification
Recommended High School Courses
    Advanced Manufacturing Courses:

  • Engineering
  • Electronics/Digital Electronics
  • Robotics
  • Computer Programming
  • Business
  • Drafting (CAD)
  • Welding/Metals/Fabrication
  • Shop Safety
  • Construction
  • OSHA Training
    Other Valuable Courses:

  • Physics
  • Senior Year Math
  • Career Planning
Recommended Dual Enrollment
    Advanced Manufacturing Courses:

  • CAD (DDSN101/114)
  • Solidworks (DDSN135)
  • Blueprint Reading (WLDG117)
  • Intro to Welding (WLDG110/111)
  • Shop Safety (WLDG105)
  • Intro to CAM (MCH122)
    Other Valuable Courses:

  • Technical Math (M111)
  • Physics (PHSX121)
  • Chemistry (CHMY121/122)
  • Introduction to Business (BGEN105)
  • Intro to Communication (COMX111 or COMX115)
Postsecondary Options in the Montana University System
Bitterroot College City College Dawson Community College Flathead Valley Community College Gallatin College Great Falls College Helena College Highlands College Missoula College Montana State University Bozeman MSU Northern University of Montana