Manufacturing and the Trades

Which pathway is offered?

  • Advanced Manufacturing—This pathway prepares students to work with customers to ensure the manufacturing process produces a product that meets or exceeds customer expectations and to monitor the manufacturing process and the materials used to manufacture the product.
  • Electronics—Students learn about basic electronics, solid-state devices, circuits, computers, robotics, and more to prepare for technician roles involved in all phases of industrial and commercial installation, service, and repair of today’s modern equipment.
  • Instrumentation Technician— Students learn to test, calibrate, install, repair, and inspect manufacturing equipment and monitoring devices used in the automation of industrial processes to make sure that equipment is working properly, safely, and efficiently.
  • Welding— This pathway prepares students with welding skills to fabricate and assemble metal structures and equipment for settings such as shipyards, manufacturers, governments, and repair shops.

What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*

Some of the jobs include:

  • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator
  • Machinist
  • Welder
  • Electrical Engineering Technician

What is the salary outlook?*

Salaries vary depending on the job, experience, and location but approximate sample salaries include:

  • Machinist—$44,950/year
  • Welder—$41,380/year
  • Electrical Engineering Technician—$64,330/year

*Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school. Salaries vary depending on the job title, experience, and location. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

Which industry-recognized certification exams can my student prepare for?

  • The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Manufacturing Technology Exam
  • MSSC Certification in Product Technology—Manufacturing Process and Production Module
  • ACT National Career Readiness certification