Advanced Manufacturing and Emerging Technologies

Students programming a 3d printer at the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technology

Manufacturing is rapidly re-inventing itself as a major player in the high-tech sector of New Jersey’s economy.

Today’s advanced manufacturers require a workforce with the skills and education to develop, operate and maintain the highly technical systems used to produce and distribute products essential to many industries, as well as consumers.

Thanks to partnerships with local, national and international manufacturing companies and colleges and universities, several NJ county vocational-technical schools have launched new programs in advanced manufacturing and engineering technology; others will be starting soon.

Here are some of the career pathways in this industry:

  • CNC Machinist
  • Industrial Designer
  • Machine Tool Repair Specialist
  • Safety and Health Engineer
  • Welder
    • Engineer
    • Industrial Technician
    • Model Maker
    • Quality Control Specialist
      An advanced manufacturing student at Burlington County Institute of Technology's Medford campus
      Students working with advanced manufacturing technology at the Morris County Vocational School District's Engineering, Design and Advanced Manufacturing program at the County College of Morris
      Students working robotics projects at the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison

      For students and parents:

      To see what advanced manufacturing programs the county vocational-technical school in your county offers, find your school.

      For adult students:

      To find manufacturing-related career training opportunities at county vocational-technical schools near you, use the “Find Adult Career Programs” tool.

      For more information about careers in advanced manufacturing:

      Check out videos on various career pathways in manufacturing at NJCareerConnections.

      O*Net Online has comprehensive information on all types of jobs, including surveys that help people find careers they might enjoy.

      Check out New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) Educational Resource Directory.

      From, a guide to the industry and the careers it offers.

      From Forbes Magazine: “Advanced Manufacturing is not a job-killer, it’s a job creator.”