Associate of Applied Science | 63 credits
Academic and Career Advising
The Advanced Manufacturing AAS degree provides students with a clear pathway from secondary education to full-time employment with career advancement through a three-year apprenticeship. The program engages students in their junior year of high school to begin progression toward a completed apprenticeship in mechanical or electrical production. Additional specialty tracks will be available to students and industry partners in the future, while the core content in advanced manufacturing remains the foundation of the degree. Within either track, students develop the skills and knowledge to progress through their apprenticeship to become a fully trained technician with real-world experience. Students learn the fundamentals of manufacturing and professional development with hands-on technical skills that typically come from experience working on the production floor. Students have the option of choosing either a three-year apprenticeship with a certified host company or developing an equivalent series of capstone projects with an industry partner.
Students who complete the three-year apprenticeship may be offered a full-time position by their host company or seek employment in virtually any sector of advanced manufacturing. Students will enter the workforce at intermediate and professional levels due to real-world experience gained through the program.
Current advanced manufacturing partners estimate an ever-increasing need for experienced, skilled individuals in their respective advanced manufacturing sectors. Industry estimates a new workforce need of 600+ individuals over the next year alone.
In 2013, the State of Utah was one of only seven states where more than 10% of the workforce was employed in advanced manufacturing. Salt Lake City Metro ranked in the top 15 large metro areas with the highest percentage of advanced manufacturing employment. Not only did advanced manufacturing account for over 11% of all jobs in the state, but the advanced manufacturing industries also accounted for more than 16% of the total output for the state, exceeding $11 billion. (https://www.rbmn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/SLC-UT-Advanced-Industries-Analysis.pdf)
In 2018, manufacturers in Utah accounted for 10.82% of the total output in the state, employing 8.77% of the workforce. The total output from manufacturing was $19.19 billion in 2018. In addition, an average of 133,000 worked for manufacturing companies in 2018, with an average annual compensation of $68,974.36 in 2017.
In 2018, the top 10 major manufacturing sectors for Job Growth in Utah included advanced manufacturing and medical equipment (#1) and aerospace manufacturing (#2). (https://www.nam.org/state-manufacturing-data/2019-utah-manufacturing-facts/)
The previous information supports the overall trend in manufacturing in Utah, where jobs grew by an average of 25 Thousand each month from 2009-2019 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) and Governor Herbert’s declaration of Utah Advanced Manufacturing Week Nov 4-8, 2019.
Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Mechanical Track: $450.00
Electrical Track: $150.00
Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to change.