AUSTIN (KXAN) — Manufacturing is a growing industry in Central Texas and the Austin Chamber of Commerce expects jobs to grow by 12% in the next eight years.

“It’s become a very big part of Austin,” said Laura Marmolejo, an engineer and manufacturing professor at Austin Community College.

At present, there are 60,000 manufacturing jobs in the Austin area and 1,173 manufacturing firms accounting for 11% of the metro area’s gross domestic product.

One ACC student, Rodolfo Meza, is already taking advantage of the field’s opportunities.

“Sometimes I still feel like a kid in high school who doesn’t know what he’s doing,” Meza said.

While the 19-year-old may feel inexperienced, he is well on his way to becoming an electrical engineer. Meza is one of

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