Advanced Manufacturing

Demand for production work is shifting toward roles that support advanced manufacturing and away from those that have traditionally employed people in the Pittsburgh region. Advanced manufacturing, leads to a smaller number of higher skilled jobs. Automation controls and increased robotics expertise are now more sought after than in the past. About 6,000 production workers and engineering technicians who are unemployed are estimated to need more skills. Community members can help address the stigma with production and manufacturing jobs. Continued research in the field can also lead to more innovation here in the Pittsburgh region.

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Example Career Ladder: Advanced Manufacturing

Follow an example a career pathway in manufacturing from the core skills of Skilled and Technical Sciences into a career path.

An example career path in the field of manufacturing.

Machine Operators

  • Use of hand tools
  • Interpreting blueprints
  • Basic machine operation
  • Responsible for lceaning and maintaining manufacturing floor



  • Operate specialized machine tools to perform precision operations
  • Fabricate, inspect, and modify machinery parts

CNC Programmers

  • Prepare machinery for operation using numerical computer programming techniques and CAD software


  • Coordinate and assess the operations of the manufacturing team
  • Manage manufacturing floor for efficient operation