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Advanced Manufacturing uses cutting-edge science and innovative technology, including 3D printing, augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, and robotics to improve manufacturing production processes. Advanced Manufacturing requires professionals with advanced skills who are creative, critical thinkers, and problem-solvers.
According to the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the industry is diverse and geographically dispersed across the state, with over 5,900 manufacturing firms, more than 120,000 employees, and $16.3 billion in annual economic output. Today, Colorado is at the forefront of advanced manufacturing and is bringing high–paying manufacturing jobs back to the United States.
Colorado manufacturers are highly innovative and use advanced processes to serve diverse sectors across the Colorado economy – from electronics and consumer products to clean energy systems, aerospace vehicles and medical devices. Manufacturing leaders in the state are also global leaders in advanced materials, as well as food manufacturing and beverage processing.
It’s a new day for manufacturing in Colorado and anyone interested in being part of one of today’s hottest and most interesting fields should think about advanced manufacturing. Digital technology is transforming manufacturing, making it leaner and smarter—and raising the prospect of an American industrial revival.
Opportunities abound: Today’s industry is cleaner, safer and higher-tech than ever before, with an estimated 4.6 million jobs available in the next decade and an average undergraduate salary starting at more than $76,000.
Studying Advanced Manufacturing Science at MSU Denver means your education goes beyond the classroom. As one of the nation’s first undergraduate degree programs, we’ve developed an applied multidisciplinary curriculum using the state-of-the-art tools and technologies (such as the Stratasys Fortus 900mc additive printer) available in the award-winning Aerospace and Engineering Sciences facility you’ll call home.