There are many opportunities for career advancement within the advanced manufacturing sector and those opportunities will lead to wages above the median wage for our region.  An estimated 1,000 job openings are available today.

$63,836

Average earnings per manufacturing jobs in the Local Area, from ESMI data.

18,000+ Jobs

Almost 700 manufacturing firms employ over 18,000 individuals in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties.

Career Pathways

In the manufacturing industry, following a pathway to move up in your career can advance your job responsibilities and compensation.  Move from one pathway to another as you advance from entry-level all the way to management.

Career Success Stories

Read a few stories of people who’ve found opportunities for growth and on-the-job training.

Zachery Chambliss

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Customer Service Representative - Plasticard-Locktech

Athena Maria Thomas-Jones

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Production Operator, Jacob Holm : Buncombe County North Carolina
Aviation Careers

Brian Pollet

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CMC Production Quality Assistant, GE Aviation

Juan Carlos Parra Cueto

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Maintenance Technician - Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.

Susan Chandler

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Lab Tech, Advanced Superabrasives

Patrick Bailey

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Welding Supervisor, Sylvan Sport

Bronson Patton

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Assembler One, Sylvan Sport

Carmita Rivera

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Product Specialist, UPM Raflatac
Josh-Bradley

Josh Bradley

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CC Operator, Advanced Superabrasives

Current Job Openings

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Earn & Learn Programs

Free college and a paycheck!

Many employers will provide reimbursement for tuition, and will often pay for you to get certificates and accreditation to help advance your career. Education can include both formal education at a community college and a four-year university but it includes on the job training as well.

Visit an NC Works Career Center near you to connect with local resources.