Computers are so common in our modern world that computer careers opportunities can be found in almost every industry. Advanced manufacturing is no exception. A job might involve cyber security, programming applications, performing system analysis, designing, developing, supporting and managing software, or even working in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence. There are not many machines in factories and manufacturing plants that aren’t computerized in some way, and in this field, you could get to tell them what to do. Or, enter the world of quantum computing at the intersection of physics and computing where quantum mechanics are used to process information and perform calculations with phenomenal power and at ridiculous speed.
Application Development, Algorithms, Statistical Computing
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Every day, something new launches, new manufacturing processes. There’s currently a lot of research being done, which is why this field is expanding rapidly.
[SUPER] Rafael Brunet
Masters Student MaSc, École de technologie supérieure
I develop 3D printers that are capable of printing tiny pieces of metal. These pieces can be used, for example, to build watches or electronics.
What I love most about this field are the challenges. It’s the complexity of the job and being able to revolutionize the industry, changing how things are done. It’s also about contributing to a circular economy, eliminating waste.
We’re actually getting to a point where resources are limited. I believe that it’s important to educate ourselves and companies about sustainable resources and how they can conduct business in a more eco-conscious way.
That’s what interests me most about these technologies, they’re flexible, independent. We can repurpose engines, for example, and give them a second, third, fourth purpose. Repurposing materials is necessary to change how we manufacture in the future.
If you’re at all curious about advanced manufacturing, even if it seems a bit cliché, my advice would be to stay curious, keep educating yourself, start programming. Once you get the ball rolling, everything will fall into place. There are so many job opportunities!
What draws me to this field are the challenges, the complexity, the opportunity to revolutionize a whole industry and the ability to change the way in which we do things. And at the same time, looking for way to reduce our consumption.”
Jobs & Roles
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