Advanced Manufacturing

Explore a Career in Advanced manufacturing

Ever wondered how your favorite video game console is made?

Or how drones can take incredible photos as they fly through the sky?
We can thank

Advanced Manufacturing

for these innovations and so many others.

If the thought of working with computers, sensors, 3D printers, robots, and artificial intelligence every day gets you excited, then consider a Guilford Apprenticeship Partners (GAP) program in advanced manufacturing

As a GAP apprentice, you will:

Gain the hands-on skills you need

Get paid to go to school and train

Earn a college degree for free

Companies will pay you to work as an apprentice so you can gain the skills you need. Plus, you get to earn a college degree for free, all while you’re still in high school — fast-tracking your way to a paycheck and a rewarding career.

Skills for Success in Advanced Manufacturing

Imagine using your talents and skills to do something you love and turning that into an actual career. If you enjoy problem-solving, creating things, and working with technology, a career in advanced manufacturing could be a perfect fit for you.

Here are some traits and interests that skilled professionals in this field often have in common:


  • Innovation
  • Computer programming/coding
  • Electronics
  • Robotics/machines
  • Building
  • Artificial intelligence


  • Problem-solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Mechanical ability
  • Resourcefulness
  • Precision
  • Curiosity
  • Creativity

School Subjects

  • Physics 
  • Chemistry
  • Materials science
  • Computer science/IT 
  • Graphic design
  • Engineering/computer-aided design
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The Future of Advanced Manufacturing Careers

Today’s advanced manufacturing facilities are high-tech spaces where workers create amazing technologies that help shape our future, while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. It’s no surprise that the U.S. economy relies on qualified manufacturing professionals to remain competitive in the world. And with an existing generation of workers retiring and a lack of skilled workers to fill those roles, opportunities abound for a bright future in advanced manufacturing.

Harness your passions and abilities and add real value in exciting fields like these:

The possibilities are endless. You might be programming a robot for a new medical technology one day and using 3D software to produce a part for a spaceship the next.

Specific job titles in the field of advanced manufacturing could include:
  • Robotics technician 
  • Program operator
  • Mechanical engineering technician 
  • Precision machining programmer 
  • Metal and plastic model maker 

The head start you gain from an apprenticeship could provide you with a higher-paying position sooner and help you build a more competitive salary path throughout your career. On average, the U.S. hourly pay rate for these professional positions ranges from approximately $26-$33. Factors that can affect pay rate include experience level and location.

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Potential Apprenticeship Providers and Employers

At Guilford Apprenticeship Partners (GAP), we work with top advanced manufacturing employers in the Piedmont-Triad area to provide the best hands-on apprenticeship training. Learn from experienced workers who live in your community, gain valuable skills, and develop strong connections.

Once your apprenticeship is complete, you could continue working with your apprenticeship provider as a regular full-time employee. After all, our apprenticeship partners are looking to invest in you — building their next generation of skilled, loyal workers.

Learn more about our participating employers.


Get answers to some of the common questions we hear from interested students just like you.

GAP applicants come from many local areas, including Browns Summit, Greensboro, High Point, Jamestown, Summerfield, Stokesdale, Oak Ridge, McLeansville, Pleasant Garden, Whitsett, and Sedalia.

No, students do not need to live in Guilford County, NC, or attend high school in Guilford County to qualify.

You could apply to GAP starting as early as the fall of your junior or senior year of high school. If accepted, you could start getting paid on-the-job training before you even graduate. Additionally, the cost of all tuition, books, and fees to attend Guilford Technical Community College following high school are covered as well.

Throughout your apprenticeship, you’ll earn a competitive hourly wage that increases as you progress through the program. Once you’ve completed the apprenticeship, you’ll have earned an associate’s degree from Guilford Technical Community College. If you’d like to continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree, your associate degree credits are eligible for transfer to most state 4-year universities.

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Yes! In the Piedmont area alone, there are companies that supply parts for SpaceX, install equipment at the Dallas Cowboys stadium, provide software support for Microsoft, and make equipment that is used on the International Space Station.

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