Advances in manufacturing technologies are revolutionizing industry. In fact, Advanced Manufacturing is impacting almost every employment sector including:
- Food production
- Printing and publishing
As products are becoming more refined, concepts in nanotechnology are being implemented into common industry practices. Nanotechnology is any technology related to developing materials or structures with features on the nanometer scale (less than 1 micrometer). Examples of these technologies are thin films, fine particles, chemical synthesis, advanced micro-lithography and atomic/molecular engineering.
The Advanced Manufacturing program spans four semesters. Students will spend the first three semesters taking general education and science courses at Venango and Clarion campuses. A capstone Advanced Manufacturing course will be offered the third semester at the Gregory Barnes Center for Biotechnology Business Development.
You will spend your fourth and final semester at Penn State University as a Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology semester student. There you'll receive the most current, hands-on exposure available in nanofabrication manufacturing and characterization technology.
The National Science Foundation estimates two million skilled, high-tech workers will be needed worldwide by 2015. One million of those jobs are in the United States.
Salaries for Advanced Manufacturing graduates with an associate degree range from $35,000 to $55,000 per year. Those with bachelor’s and master's degrees can expect much higher compensation.
The environment can range from a traditional powdered metal facility with additional safety protocols to working in a clean room – a highly disciplined, ultra-clean world of machining at the atomic level.
Just like the traditional manufacturing work place, the sophisticated equipment used usually requires a team of operators, technician and engineers.
The equipment used for machining at the atomic level falls into three categories:
- Current industry tools used for manufacturing
- Instruments that fabricate or control nanoscale structures
- Tools to characterize what has been developed
*Please note that all courses scheduled must be approved by your advisor for the Advanced Manufacturing concentration.