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.


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

20,305 Jobs

Almost 700 manufacturing firms employ over 20,305 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.

Advanced Manufacturing Careers

Read about career job descriptions, find average wages and skills needed.

Career Success Stories

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

Leigh Cathy

CT operator with GE Aviation

Athena Maria Thomas-Jones

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

Brian Pollet

CMC Production Quality Assistant, GE Aviation

Susan Chandler

Lab Tech, Advanced Superabrasives

Patrick Bailey

Welding Supervisor, Sylvan Sport

Bronson Patton

Assembler One, Sylvan Sport

Carmita Rivera

Product Specialist, UPM Raflatac

Josh Bradley

CC Operator, Advanced Superabrasives

Chris Valenzuela

Lead Assembly Technician, Sylvan Sports

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.