Arizona’s collaborative manufacturing talent implement global solutions and develop the technologies of the future. With innovative training programs, leading universities and a robust pipeline, Arizona’s talent pool is ready to shape the future.



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Talent training and university programs in Arizona focus on smart, connected manufacturing with hands-on opportunities. The state is a hub for high-tech manufacturing talent prepared for collaboration, innovation and the future.


41 schools offering related programs

23,315 degrees and certificates granted in 2020


Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe is one of the nation’s largest colleges and universities. ASU is home to the highly regarded W. P. Carey School of Business, Thunderbird School of Global Management and Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. The university has partnered with industry giants such as Honeywell Aerospace to produce a Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub where students, faculty and industry partners are designing and prototyping new production test beds, materials and software to transform the manufacturing industry. ASU’s Materials Science and Engineering program also conducts research in structures and composite materials with a particular focus on the application to energy storage.


University of Arizona (UArizona) in Tucson is home to the nation’s first academic department for systems engineering which prepares students for technology-augmented manufacturing jobs of the future. The College of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UArizona houses multidisciplinary research centers that support internationally recognized research in areas such as autonomous systems and robotics communications, circuits, microelectronics and optics and photonics. The Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering includes materials synthesis, processing and fabrication among its research priorities.


Northern Arizona University’s undergraduate engineering program is ranked among the best in the nation for schools where a doctorate is not offered. NAU also offers astrophysics programs, mechanical engineering, aerospace studies, adaptive materials and systems, composites and optics. The university is also home to The Advanced Composite Materials Laboratory, a research laboratory equipped for the fabrication, testing and analysis of composite materials. 

Arizona Advanced Technology Network

Arizona Advanced Technology Network
When Lucid Motors decided to move to Arizona, the Arizona Commerce Authority took the initiative to lead an effort to ensure that the state continues to produce highly-trained talent for Lucid Motors and other manufacturers in the region so companies know exactly what graduates have learned and have a workforce prepared to excel in their facilities. Thus, Arizona’s employers, public sector and academic institutions created a first-of-its-kind partnership - the Arizona Advanced Technology Network (AATN). The Maricopa County Community College District, Central Arizona College and Pima Community College worked with dozens of manufacturers to develop a unified, industry-recognized curriculum specifically designed to teach the skills needed for manufacturing jobs. Students can now enroll to earn Automated Industrial Technology stackable certificates and degrees, all meeting the standards of the highly regarded National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).


Maricopa County Community College District
Arizona is home to a robust community college network, including the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). More than 200,000 students can earn degrees and certificates that focus on engineering, robotics technologies and artificial intelligence. These programs provide students with the fundamentals of physics, engineering, computer hardware and programming. MCCCD works directly with local employers like Boeing and Caterpillar to develop customized training curricula, so employees obtain skills that companies value. In 2020, MCCCD partnered with Intel to launch the first artificial intelligence associate degree program enabling tens of thousands of students to land careers in healthcare, automotive, industrial and aerospace fields.


Central Arizona College has five campuses throughout Pinal County. As a founding member of the Arizona Advanced Technology Network (AATN), Central Arizona College’s Automation Industrial Certificate prepares students with skills in running and maintaining robots, 3D printing, reading and writing machine programming code and knowledge of hydraulic and electrical systems. The college recently announced a collaboration with Lucid Motors to build a high-tech training center for employees of Pinal County’s incoming advanced manufacturers. The center will house training equipment driven by the AATN industry-recognized curriculum.


Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AzAMI) at Mesa Community College is a unique center of excellence created to help Arizona business and industry partners stay competitive and provide a pipeline of career-educated and ready-to-work employees. From enrollment to employment, AzAMI connects workforce opportunities with local and regional businesses, building a technically trained, talented supply of motivated and skilled individuals.


Pima Community College (PCC) is a two-year college providing workforce development, career training programs, continuing education and more. As a founding member of the Arizona Advanced Technology Network, Pima Community College is committed to enabling students with skills for the future of work. The college is currently developing the Center of Excellence in Applied Technology, with an Automotive Technology and Innovation Center and Advanced Manufacturing Center. These centers will house CNC machining, quality inspection, automation and robotics, welding, computer-aided design and engineering technology programs.


Estrella Mountain Community College
Part of the Maricopa Community College District, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) is located in Avondale, outside of Phoenix. EMCC is the newest member of the Arizona Advanced Technology Network, offering an Associate in Applied Science in Automated Industrial Technology. Students learn to troubleshoot, maintain and repair a variety of automated electro-mechanical, product assembly, process control, and product distribution systems.

Arizona’s Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs) help prepare high school students for careers through Career and Technical Education programs.


Manufacturing-related programs include:

  • Automation / Robotics
  • Computer maintenance
  • Electronic technologies
  • Engineering science
  • Precision machining
  • Software development
  • Welding technologies