• Additive Manufacturing

    Unlock the door to innovation with our Additive Manufacturing program. From conceptualization to creation, students delve into computer aided design and 3D printing, mastering the art of turning imagination into reality. Explore a curriculum ranging from foundational safety protocols to advanced engineering applications, empowering students for success in mechanical and technical design. 

    Gain hands-on experience with SolidWorks and OSHA certifications, opening doors to a multitude of career pathways. Join SkillsUSA where students cultivate leadership, technical prowess, and citizenship, ensuring they’re equipped to lead America’s workforce into a future of unparalleled achievement and prosperity. 

    Program Overview

    Additive Manufacturing is based upon Computer-Aided-Design and 3-D Printing. This program provides students with the knowledge of Introduction, Intermediate, and Advanced Drafting Design Technology, Three-Dimensional Solid Modeling and Engineering Applications and the skill to be successful in the Mechanical and Technical Design fields.

    Courses Offered 

    • Safety and Health Regulations 
    • Introduction to Drafting Design
    • Intermediate to Drafting Design
    • 3D Solid Model Design I
    • 3D Solid Model Design II
    • CTE Lab in Manufacturing
    • Career Pathway Project in Manufacturing

    Credentials Students Can Earn

    • OSHA 30
    • SolidWorks Associate

    Employment Outlook

    Our Additive Manufacturing program provides students with a solid foundation for various entry-level positions in the field, and further education can lead to more advanced career opportunities with greater responsibilities and higher earning potential. 

    For students graduating from an additive manufacturing program without pursuing further education, there are several entry-level job opportunities available in the field. These may include:

    • 3D Printing Technician/Operator: This role involves operating and  maintaining 3D printers, ensuring they function properly and produce high-quality prints. Techniciansmay also troubleshoot issues with printing processes and perform routine maintenance tasks. 

    • CAD Technician: With skills in CAD, graduates can work as CAD technicians, creating and modifying digital models for 3D printing. THey may collaborate with engineers and designers to develop prototypes and products. 

    • Manufacturing Technician: Graduates can work in manufacturing settings where additive manufacturing processes are utilized. They may assist in production, quality control, and process improvement activities. 

    • Production Assistant: In manufacturing environments, graduates can work as production assistants, supporting the additive manufacturing process by preparing materials, monitoring equipment and ensuring a smooth workflow. 

    • Assembly Technician: Some industries, participate in product development and prototyping, may require assembly technicians to assemble components produced through additive manufacturing into final products. 

    For students interested in advancing their careers and taking on higher-level roles, pursuing further education, such as an associate's or bachelor’s degree, can open up additional opportunities. Jobs that may require further education include:

    • Mechanical Engineer: Mechanical engineers design, develop and test mechanical devices and systems, including those utilizing additive manufacturing technologies. A bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or a related field is typically required for this role.

    • Product Designer: Product designers create concepts and designs for new products, often using CAD software for visualization and prototyping. While some entry-level positions may be available, many employers prefer candidates with bachelor’s degrees in industrial design or a related field. 

    • Manufacturing Engineer: Manufacturing engineers optimize production processes and systems to improve efficiency and quality. They may work with additive manufacturing technologies to develop new manufacturing methods and implement them on the production floor. A bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field is typically required. 

    • Quality Control Specialist: Quality control specialists ensure that products meet quality standards and specifications. They may inspect components produced through additive manufacturing processes and develop testing procedures to assess their quality. A bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field may be required for this role.

    Student Organization

    SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Alabama SkillsUSA is committed to producing a generation of strong workers and exceptional leaders who will take America’s workforce into a new frontier of triumph and prosperity.

    Faculty Contact

    Matt Basaraba | matthewbasaraba@albertk12.org