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The best thing you can build is a great future.

When you work in manufacturing, not only will you get to make great products, you get to make something great of yourself and your future. Today’s manufacturers rely on cutting-edge technology and need skilled professionals at every level to develop and operate it. Whether you’re starting a career, switching fields, or transitioning from military service, the Alliance can help, with training programs that prepare you for today’s most in-demand positions and networking opportunities that connect you to our sector’s movers and shakers.

Now In Demand

CNC Machinists | Operators

CNC Machinists | Operators

Average Salary: $40,560 | $31,616

Modern manufacturers rely on computer numerical control (CNC) machines throughout the process. The demand for trained Machinists and Operators to program and run this specialized equipment is on the rise.

Maintenance Mechanic

Maintenance Mechanics

Average Salary: $45,011

Maintenance Mechanics repair and maintain factory equipment and other machinery. Typical tasks include disassembling, repairing, and replacing components of any malfunctioning machinery. Mechanics may also be conduct testing, and must be able to read and understand technical manuals.



Average Salary: $35,859

Welders join together sections of metal plate and pipes in many different industries. Often times they are also responsible for making repairs on manufacturing equipment and machinery. For this career, an understanding of technical plans and solid math skills are essential in order to work out precise measurements.


Earning Potential

Here's a look at how your salary could grow over time during the course of your manufacturing career

Get A Job

High School Diploma/GED, on-the-job training and work experience will get you ready for an entry-level position.

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assembler
  • Manufacturing Production Technician
  • Inspector, Tester, Sorter, Sampler and Weigher

Get Ahead

2-4 years of education beyond high school will help you move up the ladder.

  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technologist

Get to the Next Level

4 or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience will take you even higher.

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software

Market Conditions

Modern Manufacturing: A World of Opportunity
Hillsborough County manufacturers serve a vast number of industries, creating opportunities for many different types of people, working in many different types of places. And as our technology grows more advanced, the demand for a highly skilled and trained workforce is soaring.

  • 1,136 manufacturers work in Hillsborough County today. By 2023, these companies are projected to employ 25,931 people.
  • 1,136 manufacturers work in Hillsborough County today. Growing dependence on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinery will create an explosion of job opportunity over the next seven years. Experts project 25% growth for CNC Operators and 19% growth for CNC Programmers.
  • Welding is hot! There are 283 job openings for Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers in Hillsborough County today. By 2023, the demand for Welding and Brazing Machine Setters and Operators is projected to grow by 29.4%.
  • The demand for Industrial Machinery Mechanics is projected to grow 15.5% over the next seven years – that equals 413 new jobs.
  • Non-metallic mineral product manufacturing, the fastest growing industry in Hillsborough County, is projected to grow by 28% and add 464 new jobs by 2023.

The Alliance offers focused training for the biggest opportunities in manufacturing.

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The Alliance can help connect you with all the latest opportunities in our thriving industry. Contact us today!

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