Explore a Career in U.S. Manufacturing

The U.S. manufacturing industry is one of the most exciting, innovative and vibrant places for graduates in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Technology programs to begin and build a career. The industry is growing and employers are seeking bright, talented young people who are studying STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math).



Parents and Students

We encourage parents and students to consider all of the educational opportunities available to them. As baby boomers retire, U.S. manufacturing will need more engineers of all types in manufacturing, design, bio-medical, aerospace, etc. In addition, we need to replace the baby boomers who are retiring as computer numerical control (CNC) machinists, computer-aided designers (CAD), quality control and production technicians.
Engineering degrees require a Bachelor’s Degree from an Engineering School. Manufacturing production careers require an Associate Degree. Students can find terrific advanced manufacturing technology degree programs at many community colleges. AMT works locally with The National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) member schools which can be found in most major cities, and can set up an internship with a local manufacturing company.
Through our education partnerships with NCATC schools and other four-year engineering colleges and universities around the country, we are working to funnel the best candidates to U.S. manufacturing through MTCareers to connect students to internships while they are still in school and to jobs with employers when they are at or near graduation.

Where should I begin?

HR Managers

AMT has compiled a quick-reference guide for HR Managers to correlate educational pathways with industry-supported credentials or degrees. This tool also includes average annual compensation levels for many of the job functions in manufacturing that are in the highest demand today. 

Continuing Education / Certification

The Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineer (CMTSE) Program is the only nationally recognized program that acknowledges individuals who possess the skills and knowledge needed to perform effectively as machine tool sales engineers. Find out more about the CMTSE Program

AMT has partnered with ToolingU, the leading e-Learning content provider in the manufacturing industry to deliver specific tracks of training to our member companies: 
Additive ManufacturingTechnology Fundamental and Quality. Find out more about MTUniversity.

The Manufacturing Technology Sales Fundamentals (MTSF) Workshop is designed for sales people who have been recently hired into the industry or who are migrating from an application engineering or service technician position into sales. Find out mroe about Sales Workshops