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Welcome to Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing

Demand for new projects in Orange County, particularly those incorporating “green” technologies, is leading to unprecedented opportunities for career-educated professionals in this evolving field.

Saddleback College graduates enter the workforce with confidence, in a variety of high-paying careers and grads from Saddleback’s Architectural Drafting program report an average wage increase of 74%, while Construction Inspection alums increased their salaries by more than 50%.

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Potential Salaries

$53,900 - $113,020

Per Year

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Model Maker

Industrial Designer

Mapping Technician

Electronic Drafter

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Hiring Companies

Space X


Fox Racing

Many More!

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Demand for manufacturing professionals is building!  Here are just a few of the many careers and their average salaries.

Model Maker - $53,900

Commercial / Industrial Designer  - $70,410

Electronic Drafter - $68,670

Architectural / Civil / Mechanical Drafter - $61,590

Mapping Technician - $68,100

Geographic Information System Technician - $98,010

Cartographer / Programmetrist  - $83,480

Geodetic Surveyor  - $91,030

Architect (w/ further education) - $87,180

Materials Engineer (w/ further education) - $103,720

Remote Sensing Technician (w/ further education) - $113,020

Saddleback College’s Advanced Manufacturing department offers four associate degrees and three career certificates in this in-demand field. 

For more information about these programs, you can also visit the main Saddleback website’s Advanced Manufacturing page.

  • Advanced Manufacturing (Associate in Science)
  • Advanced Manufacturing (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Architectural Drafting (Associate in Science)
  • Architectural Drafting (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Drafting Technology (Associate in Science)
  • Drafting Technology (Certificate of Achievement)
  • Engineering (Associate in Science)

Northrop Grumman * SpaceX * Raytheon * Deloitte * Arconic * ViaSat * Byrd Industrial Electronics * Precision Castparts * LPA, Inc. * Fox Racing * Jacobs * Aerotas * Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. * TRC Companies, Inc. * Rambøll * Moffatt and Nichol * FCS International * L3 Technologies * And Many More! *

The Advanced Manufacturing Department (VIL 7) can be contacted at (949) 582-4541.

Glen Stevenson, Department Chair - (949) 582-4427

Thomas Smith, Senior Lab Technician - (949) 582-4780

Saddleback College is proud to be Orange County’s premier provider of low-cost career education. See the 2019 Cost of Education Statement for the most recent information on cost of attendance.

For financial aid, visit the Student Financial Assistance & Scholarship Office online, for details on financial assistance sources, including grants, loans, scholarships, work-study opportunities, and more!

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