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Manufacturing

Career Cluster Description: Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.

Occupation - Cluster Standard occupation title with associated career cluster. Annual
Openings Average number of job openings projected for each year.
Median
Wages Projected median annual wages.
Projected
New Jobs Projected numerical change in employment.
Growth
Rate Projected percent change in employment.
Pathway Career cluster pathway that outlines courses and training programs. Job Zone/
Education Categories developed by O*NET as indicators of the amount education, training, and experience needed to gain entry into profession.
  • Job Zone 1 = Little or no preparation (high school diploma or less)
  • Job Zone 2 = Some preparation (high school diploma)
  • Job Zone 3 = Medium preparation (trade certificate or associate’s degree)
  • Job Zone 4 = Considerable preparation (bachelor’s degree)
  • Job Zone 5 = Extensive preparation (master’s or doctorate degree)
Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 63 $29,460 -10 -1.10% Production 2
Aerospace Engineering & Operations Technicians - Manufacturing *** $69,480 *** *** Manufacturing Production Process Development 4
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging & Systems Assemblers - Manufacturing 18 *** *** *** Production 2
Assemblers & Fabricators, All Other - Manufacturing 6508 *** *** *** Production ***
Butchers & Meat Cutters - Manufacturing 284 $29,840 350 12.90% Production 2
Cabinetmakers & Bench Carpenters - Manufacturing 330 $29,470 -80 -5.00% Production 2
Camera & Photographic Equipment Repairers - Manufacturing *** *** *** *** Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Chemical Equipment Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 305 $56,630 -60 -3.10% Production 2
Chemical Plant & System Operators - Manufacturing 51 $47,010 -130 -8.00% Production 2
Chemical Technicians - Manufacturing 166 $46,290 60 3.70% Manufacturing Production Process Development 3
Cleaning, Washing & Metal Pickling Equipment Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 100 $32,130 10 3.80% Production 2
Coating, Painting & Spraying Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 284 $32,760 190 8.60% Production 2
Coil Winders, Tapers & Finishers - Manufacturing 83 $38,580 80 13.60% Production 2
Coin, Vending & Amusement Machine Servicers & Repairers - Manufacturing 88 $36,180 *** *** Installation & Repair, Maintenance 2
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 55 $53,670 160 31.70% Production 3
Computer, Automated Teller & Office Machine Repairers - Manufacturing 259 $34,560 *** *** Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 277 $36,400 910 32.40% Production 3
Cooling & Freezing Equipment Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 16 $37,570 *** 2.30% Production 2
Crushing, Grinding & Polishing Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 68 $34,250 60 9.00% Production 2
Cutters & Trimmers, Hand - Manufacturing 37 $24,300 -40 -5.80% Production 2
Cutting & Slicing Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 842 $33,780 -190 -9.40% Production 2
Cutting, Punching & Press Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 229 $30,090 -60 -0.80% Production 2
Dental Laboratory Technicians - Manufacturing 109 $33,020 40 6.90% Production 2
Drafters, All Other - Manufacturing 31 $48,070 10 5.10% Manufacturing Production Process Development ***
Drilling & Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 15 $34,580 -80 -16.00% Production 2
Electric Motor, Power Tool & Related Repairers - Manufacturing 34 $37,070 10 1.60% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technicians - Manufacturing 257 $55,990 160 6.50% Manufacturing Production Process Development 3
Electrical & Electronic Equipment Assemblers - Manufacturing 873 *** 160 5.10% Production 2
Electrical & Electronics Drafters - Manufacturing 52 $58,490 50 11.30% Manufacturing Production Process Development 3
Electrical & Electronics Repairers, Commercial & Industrial Equipment - Manufacturing 171 $55,030 70 5.20% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Electrical & Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation & Relay - Manufacturing 66 $78,580 *** *** Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers - Manufacturing *** *** 80 14.80% Production 2
Electro-Mechanical Technicians - Manufacturing 43 $46,630 40 17.20% Manufacturing Production Process Development 3
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers & Repairers - Manufacturing 68 $35,700 20 3.10% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Engine & Other Machine Assemblers - Manufacturing 133 $28,480 340 20.40% Production 2
Engineering Technicians, Ex. Drafters, All Other - Manufacturing 155 $53,310 30 5.90% Manufacturing Production Process Development ***
Etchers & Engravers - Manufacturing 20 $29,960 *** -2.30% Production 2
Extruding & Drawing Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 468 $30,830 40 1.40% Production 2
Extruding & Forming Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Synthetic & Glass Fibers - Manufacturing 200 $37,990 -20 -2.50% Production 2
Extruding, Forming, Pressing & Compacting Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 77 $29,990 170 8.40% Production 2
Fabric & Apparel Patternmakers - Manufacturing 15 $25,840 *** *** Production 3
Fabric Menders, Ex. Garment - Manufacturing *** *** *** *** Installation & Repair, Maintenance 1
Fiberglass Laminators & Fabricators - Manufacturing 145 $34,550 110 10.90% Production 2
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers & Repairers - Manufacturing 1042 $62,030 870 9.70% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
First-Line Supervisors of Production & Operating Workers - Manufacturing 1922 $54,330 940 5.80% Production 2
Food & Tobacco Roasting, Baking & Drying Machine Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 85 $36,240 -40 -11.60% Production 2
Food Batchmakers - Manufacturing 949 $33,110 20 1.20% Production 2
Food Cooking Machine Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 47 $28,750 60 4.60% Production 2
Food Processing Workers, All Other - Manufacturing 138 $25,320 90 8.20% Production ***
Forging Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 278 $54,090 40 7.00% Production 2
Foundry Mold & Coremakers - Manufacturing 37 $33,780 20 12.80% Production 2
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier & Kettle Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 71 $36,080 -30 -4.30% Production 2
Furniture Finishers - Manufacturing 38 $31,320 *** 0.90% Production 2
Gas Plant Operators - Manufacturing 24 $48,270 *** 5.60% Production 3
Grinding & Polishing Workers, Hand - Manufacturing 197 $29,610 90 10.40% Production 1
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing & Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 38 $33,520 -30 -1.60% Production 2
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 45 $34,820 *** -0.80% Production 2
Helpers--Production Workers - Manufacturing 3405 $24,800 2340 18.50% Production 2
Home Appliance Repairers - Manufacturing 75 $35,800 80 9.80% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 2
Industrial Engineering Technicians - Manufacturing 380 $44,810 70 4.90% Manufacturing Production Process Development 3
Industrial Machinery Mechanics - Manufacturing 986 $46,990 1210 17.50% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers & Weighers - Manufacturing 1738 $33,880 1460 12.30% Quality Assurance 2
Installation, Maintenance & Repair Workers, All Other - Manufacturing 560 $35,200 410 12.70% Installation & Repair, Maintenance ***
Jewelers & Precious Stone & Metal Workers - Manufacturing 65 $39,180 -30 -11.10% Production ***
Lathe & Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 79 $34,660 -10 -1.30% Production 2
Layout Workers, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 25 $43,610 60 28.10% Production 2
Locksmiths & Safe Repairers - Manufacturing 51 $29,990 90 19.40% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 2
Machine Feeders & Offbearers - Manufacturing 271 $28,270 100 3.80% Production 2
Machinists - Manufacturing 813 $40,460 1490 17.70% Production 3
Maintenance & Repair Workers, General - Manufacturing 3545 $36,460 3550 12.00% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Maintenance Workers, Machinery - Manufacturing 434 $47,480 500 17.40% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Meat, Poultry & Fish Cutters & Trimmers - Manufacturing 481 $23,380 30 1.10% Production 1
Mechanical Drafters - Manufacturing 129 $55,860 *** -0.80% Manufacturing Production Process Development 3
Mechanical Engineering Technicians - Manufacturing 108 $52,100 150 15.60% Manufacturing Production Process Development 3
Medical Appliance Technicians - Manufacturing 107 $34,600 20 15.40% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Medical Equipment Repairers - Manufacturing 127 $40,340 340 33.20% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Metal Workers & Plastic Workers, All Other - Manufacturing 64 $34,430 40 19.20% Production ***
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 155 $40,810 20 2.40% Production 2
Milling & Planing Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 115 $50,210 20 4.00% Production 2
Mixing & Blending Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 325 $36,620 1020 15.80% Production 2
Model Makers, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 19 $46,690 *** 8.30% Production 3
Model Makers, Wood - Manufacturing *** *** *** *** Production 3
Molders, Shapers & Casters, Ex. Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 132 $29,520 *** *** Production ***
Molding, Coremaking & Casting Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 435 $33,810 -20 -0.90% Production 2
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 622 $31,450 210 7.40% Production 2
Musical Instrument Repairers & Tuners - Manufacturing 226 $33,790 *** *** Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators - Manufacturing 32 $86,330 *** *** Production 3
Nuclear Technicians - Manufacturing 23 $76,970 10 1.70% Manufacturing Production Process Development 3
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians - Manufacturing 81 $30,450 210 22.30% Production 2
Outdoor Power Equipment & Other Small Engine Mechanics - Manufacturing 119 $30,040 70 7.50% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 2
Packaging & Filling Machine Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 1061 $29,340 2650 19.70% Production 2
Painters, Transportation Equipment - Manufacturing 78 $43,070 110 10.30% Production 2
Painting, Coating & Decorating Workers - Manufacturing 38 $31,750 -10 -2.70% Production 2
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 297 $30,290 -150 -5.10% Production 2
Patternmakers, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing *** $47,740 20 33.90% Production 3
Patternmakers, Wood - Manufacturing *** $29,240 *** *** Production 3
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators & Gaugers - Manufacturing 45 $50,090 10 9.50% Production 2
Photographic Process Workers & Processing Machine Operators - Manufacturing 241 $23,710 -30 -1.90% Production 2
Plant & System Operators, All Other - Manufacturing 48 $76,180 -40 -8.90% Production ***
Plating & Coating Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 75 $29,740 -70 -7.60% Production 2
Pourers & Casters, Metal - Manufacturing *** $41,600 -120 -20.40% Production 2
Power Distributors & Dispatchers - Manufacturing *** $65,800 *** *** Production 3
Prepress Technicians & Workers - Manufacturing 51 $84,100 -30 -6.30% Production 3
Precision Instrument & Equipment Repairers, All Other - Manufacturing 42 *** 100 16.70% Installation & Repair, Maintenance ***
Production Workers, All Other - Manufacturing *** $30,210 2220 12.00% Production ***
Production, Planning & Expediting Clerks - Manufacturing 949 $44,350 1000 13.40% Quality Assurance 3
Purchasing Agents, Ex. Wholesale, Retail & Farm Products - Manufacturing *** *** 470 10.50% Manufacturing Production Process Development 4
Radio, Cellular & Tower Equipment Installers & Repairers - Manufacturing 59 $55,380 20 4.60% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 79 $34,960 -110 -10.70% Production 2
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Wood - Manufacturing 207 $27,020 140 11.70% Production 2
Security & Fire Alarm Systems Installers - Manufacturing 228 $47,120 280 20.20% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Semiconductor Processors - Manufacturing 20 *** *** *** Production 2
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating & Still Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 113 $34,030 -10 -1.90% Production 2
Sewers, Hand - Manufacturing 53 $22,150 -40 -25.70% Production 2
Sewing Machine Operators - Manufacturing 462 $22,550 -1050 -23.30% Production 1
Shoe & Leather Workers & Repairers - Manufacturing 38 $27,060 -20 -13.00% Production 2
Shoe Machine Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 13 *** -20 -19.60% Production 2
Slaughterers & Meat Packers - Manufacturing 110 $22,720 -10 -8.90% Production 2
Team Assemblers - Manufacturing *** *** 11430 25.80% Production 2
Textile Bleaching & Dyeing Machine Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 22 $27,290 -90 -21.20% Production 2
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 98 $25,010 -130 -25.00% Production 2
Textile Knitting & Weaving Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 90 $23,640 -70 -15.90% Production 2
Textile Winding, Twisting & Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 48 $27,790 -160 -13.90% Production 2
Textile, Apparel & Furnishings Workers, All Other - Manufacturing 79 $46,130 *** 1.50% Production ***
Tire Builders - Manufacturing 99 $41,800 40 6.40% Production 2
Tool & Die Makers - Manufacturing 274 $46,040 350 14.20% Production 3
Tool Grinders, Filers & Sharpeners - Manufacturing 22 $35,270 *** -1.60% Production 2
Upholsterers - Manufacturing 141 $25,500 -30 -2.00% Production 2
Watch Repairers - Manufacturing *** *** *** *** Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Weighers, Measurers, Checkers & Samplers, Recordkeeping - Manufacturing 300 $33,490 280 12.30% Quality Assurance 2
Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers - Manufacturing 1058 $37,950 580 6.60% Production 3
Welding, Soldering & Brazing Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 188 $37,850 680 36.50% Production 2
Woodworkers, All Other - Manufacturing 85 $31,180 50 6.40% Production ***
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Ex. Sawing - Manufacturing 256 $27,310 100 5.10% Production 2

Manufacturing Pathways

  • Health, Safety and Environmental Assurance

    Pathway Description: Employees in Health, Safety and Environmental Assurance ensure that the equipment is being used safely in the workplace; plan for safety in new production processes; conduct health, safety and/or environmental incident and hazard investigations; conduct preventive health, safety and/or environmental incident and hazard inspections; and implement health, safety and/or environmental programs, projects, policies or procedures. They may train workers in health, safety and/or environmental issues and provide event documentation.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Manufacturing Occupations: This course provides students an opportunity to experience various professional organized skill areas. These experiences are designed to be similar to occupations actually existing in the commercial/industrial workplace. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail and Internet applications to communicate, search for and access information.

    Employment in Manufacturing Occupations: Students will study the roles and responsibilities of various occupations related to manufacturing. Students will research available sources to acquire knowledge of how to maintain a safe and productive workplace including following local, federal and company regulations to perform environmental and safety inspections. Students will develop strategies for communicating with coworkers and/or external customers to ensure production meets business requirements and learn strategies for maintaining equipment, tools and workstations. A work-based learning component is encouraged.

    Applications in Manufacturing Technology: This course prepares students for careers in manufacturing and for postsecondary education. The main focus is a core structure study in hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, material testing, sensors, electric and pneumatic robot operations, and an introduction to programmable logic controllers, measurement, and materials characterization. A work-based learning component is provided.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Logistics and Inventory Control

    Pathway Description: People with careers in Logistics and Inventory Control work with an inventory of raw materials and finished parts. They move raw materials to the production line, unload trucks with raw materials, wrap pallets of finished products for shipment, and communicate with traffic managers.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Manufacturing Occupations: This course provides students an opportunity to experience various professional organized skill areas. These experiences are designed to be similar to occupations actually existing in the commercial/industrial workplace. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail and Internet applications to communicate, search for and access information.

    Employment in Manufacturing Occupations: Students will study the roles and responsibilities of various occupations related to manufacturing. Students will research available sources to acquire knowledge of how to maintain a safe and productive workplace including following local, federal and company regulations to perform environmental and safety inspections. Students will develop strategies for communicating with coworkers and/or external customers to ensure production meets business requirements and learn strategies for maintaining equipment, tools and workstations. A work-based learning component is encouraged.

    Applications in Manufacturing Technology: This course prepares students for careers in manufacturing and for postsecondary education. The main focus is a core structure study in hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, material testing, sensors, electric and pneumatic robot operations, and an introduction to programmable logic controllers, measurement, and materials characterization. A work-based learning component is provided.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Quality Assurance

    Pathway Description: Quality Assurance employees assure that standards and procedures are adhered to and that delivered products or services meet performance requirements. They may have responsibility for monitoring and maintaining the quality of parts and manufacturing processes. This could include identifying the raw product to ensure it meets specifications, as well as measuring or otherwise testing products and parts to ensure they meet required customer specifications.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Manufacturing Occupations: This course provides students an opportunity to experience various professional organized skill areas. These experiences are designed to be similar to occupations actually existing in the commercial/industrial workplace. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail and Internet applications to communicate, search for and access information.

    Employment in Manufacturing Occupations: Students will study the roles and responsibilities of various occupations related to manufacturing. Students will research available sources to acquire knowledge of how to maintain a safe and productive workplace including following local, federal and company regulations to perform environmental and safety inspections. Students will develop strategies for communicating with coworkers and/or external customers to ensure production meets business requirements and learn strategies for maintaining equipment, tools and workstations. A work-based learning component is encouraged.

    Applications in Manufacturing Technology: This course prepares students for careers in manufacturing and for postsecondary education. The main focus is a core structure study in hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, material testing, sensors, electric and pneumatic robot operations, and an introduction to programmable logic controllers, measurement, and materials characterization. A work-based learning component is provided.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Maintenance, Installation and Repair

    Pathway Description: People with careers in Maintenance, Installation and Repair perform preventive maintenance procedures on machines, tools and equipment. These are performed routinely and on a regular basis. They also troubleshoot and repair electrical, electronic and mechanical systems. This will include mechanical repair as well as using computer-based inventory control systems, retrieving information histories on each machine from computer records, and recording repair activities on the system to keep accurate records of repairs performed on each machine.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Manufacturing Occupations: This course provides students an opportunity to experience various professional organized skill areas. These experiences are designed to be similar to occupations actually existing in the commercial/industrial workplace. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail and Internet applications to communicate, search for and access information.

    Employment in Manufacturing Occupations: Students will study the roles and responsibilities of various occupations related to manufacturing. Students will research available sources to acquire knowledge of how to maintain a safe and productive workplace including following local, federal and company regulations to perform environmental and safety inspections. Students will develop strategies for communicating with coworkers and/or external customers to ensure production meets business requirements and learn strategies for maintaining equipment, tools and workstations. A work-based learning component is encouraged.

    Applications in Manufacturing Technology: This course prepares students for careers in manufacturing and for postsecondary education. The main focus is a core structure study in hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, material testing, sensors, electric and pneumatic robot operations, and an introduction to programmable logic controllers, measurement, and materials characterization. A work-based learning component is provided.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Production

    Pathway Description: People with careers in production work on the shop floor making parts or assembling them. They work with machines, making or assembling electronic parts, constructing or assembling modular housing, performing welding jobs, or printing various materials.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Manufacturing Occupations: This course provides students an opportunity to experience various professional organized skill areas. These experiences are designed to be similar to occupations actually existing in the commercial/industrial workplace. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail and Internet applications to communicate, search for and access information.

    Employment in Manufacturing Occupations: Students will study the roles and responsibilities of various occupations related to manufacturing. Students will research available sources to acquire knowledge of how to maintain a safe and productive workplace including following local, federal and company regulations to perform environmental and safety inspections. Students will develop strategies for communicating with coworkers and/or external customers to ensure production meets business requirements and learn strategies for maintaining equipment, tools and workstations. A work-based learning component is encouraged.

    Applications in Manufacturing Technology: This course prepares students for careers in manufacturing and for postsecondary education. The main focus is a core structure study in hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, material testing, sensors, electric and pneumatic robot operations, and an introduction to programmable logic controllers, measurement, and materials characterization. A work-based learning component is provided.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Manufacturing Production Process Development

    Pathway Description: Employees in Manufacturing Production Process Development are responsible for product design and design of the manufacturing process. They work with customers to ensure the manufacturing process produces a product that meets or exceeds customer expectations. They also monitor the manufacturing process and the materials used to manufacture the product.

    Secondary CTE Courses
Programs of Study

The Perkins crosswalk of educational programs of study to occupations identifies a number of programs relevant to this career cluster:

  • 15.0303 Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0304 Laser and Optical Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0305 Telecommunications Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0399 Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 15.0401 Biomedical Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0403 Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology.
  • 15.0404 Instrumentation Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0405 Robotics Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0499 Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 15.0501 Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0505 Solar Energy Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0607 Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0611 Metallurgical Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0612 Industrial Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0613 Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0699 Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 15.0702 Quality Control Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0799 Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 15.0801 Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0805 Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0899 Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 15.1103 Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology/Technician.
  • 15.1199 Engineering-Related Technologies, Other.
  • 15.1201 Computer Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • 15.1202 Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology.
  • 15.1203 Computer Hardware Technology/Technician.
  • 15.1204 Computer Software Technology/Technician.
  • 15.1299 Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 15.1301 Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General.
  • 15.1302 CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician.
  • 15.1401 Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • 19.0901 Apparel and Textiles, General.
  • 19.0902 Apparel and Textile Manufacture.
  • 19.0904 Textile Science.
  • 19.0999 Apparel and Textiles, Other.
  • 41.0204 Industrial Radiologic Technology/Technician.
  • 41.0205 Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician.
  • 41.0299 Nuclear and Industrial Radiologic Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 41.0301 Chemical Technology/Technician.
  • 41.0303 Chemical Process Technology.
  • 41.0399 Physical Science Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 41.9999 Science Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 47.0101 Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General.
  • 47.0102 Business Machine Repair.
  • 47.0104 Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0105 Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0106 Appliance Installation and Repair Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0199 Electrical/Electronics Maintenance and Repair Technology, Other.
  • 47.0303 Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology.
  • 47.0399 Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies, Other.
  • 47.0402 Gunsmithing/Gunsmith.
  • 47.0403 Locksmithing and Safe Repair.
  • 47.0404 Musical Instrument Fabrication and Repair.
  • 47.0408 Watchmaking and Jewelrymaking.
  • 47.0409 Parts and Warehousing Operations and Maintenance Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0499 Precision Systems Maintenance and Repair Technologies, Other.
  • 48.0000 Precision Production Trades, General.
  • 48.0303 Upholstery/Upholsterer.
  • 48.0304 Shoe, Boot and Leather Repair.
  • 48.0399 Leatherworking and Upholstery, Other.
  • 48.0501 Machine Tool Technology/Machinist.
  • 48.0503 Machine Shop Technology/Assistant.
  • 48.0506 Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking.
  • 48.0507 Tool and Die Technology/Technician.
  • 48.0508 Welding Technology/Welder.
  • 48.0510 Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist.
  • 48.0511 Metal Fabricator.
  • 48.0599 Precision Metal Working, Other.
  • 48.0701 Woodworking, General.
  • 48.0702 Furniture Design and Manufacturing.
  • 48.0703 Cabinetmaking and Millwork.
  • 48.0799 Woodworking, Other.
  • 48.9999 Precision Production, Other.
  • 51.0603 Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician.
  • 51.1006 Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology/Technician.

Career Cluster

Manufacturing

Career Cluster Description: Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.

Occupation - Cluster Annual
Openings
Median
Wages
Projected
New Jobs
Growth
Rate
Pathway Job Zone/
Education
Assemblers & Fabricators, All Other - Manufacturing 6508 *** *** *** Production ***
Maintenance & Repair Workers, General - Manufacturing 3545 $36,460 3550 12.00% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Helpers--Production Workers - Manufacturing 3405 $24,800 2340 18.50% Production 2
First-Line Supervisors of Production & Operating Workers - Manufacturing 1922 $54,330 940 5.80% Production 2
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers & Weighers - Manufacturing 1738 $33,880 1460 12.30% Quality Assurance 2
Packaging & Filling Machine Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 1061 $29,340 2650 19.70% Production 2
Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers - Manufacturing 1058 $37,950 580 6.60% Production 3
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers & Repairers - Manufacturing 1042 $62,030 870 9.70% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Industrial Machinery Mechanics - Manufacturing 986 $46,990 1210 17.50% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Food Batchmakers - Manufacturing 949 $33,110 20 1.20% Production 2
Production, Planning & Expediting Clerks - Manufacturing 949 $44,350 1000 13.40% Quality Assurance 3
Electrical & Electronic Equipment Assemblers - Manufacturing 873 *** 160 5.10% Production 2
Cutting & Slicing Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 842 $33,780 -190 -9.40% Production 2
Machinists - Manufacturing 813 $40,460 1490 17.70% Production 3
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 622 $31,450 210 7.40% Production 2
Installation, Maintenance & Repair Workers, All Other - Manufacturing 560 $35,200 410 12.70% Installation & Repair, Maintenance ***
Meat, Poultry & Fish Cutters & Trimmers - Manufacturing 481 $23,380 30 1.10% Production 1
Extruding & Drawing Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 468 $30,830 40 1.40% Production 2
Sewing Machine Operators - Manufacturing 462 $22,550 -1050 -23.30% Production 1
Molding, Coremaking & Casting Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 435 $33,810 -20 -0.90% Production 2
Maintenance Workers, Machinery - Manufacturing 434 $47,480 500 17.40% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Industrial Engineering Technicians - Manufacturing 380 $44,810 70 4.90% Manufacturing Production Process Development 3
Cabinetmakers & Bench Carpenters - Manufacturing 330 $29,470 -80 -5.00% Production 2
Mixing & Blending Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 325 $36,620 1020 15.80% Production 2
Chemical Equipment Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 305 $56,630 -60 -3.10% Production 2
Weighers, Measurers, Checkers & Samplers, Recordkeeping - Manufacturing 300 $33,490 280 12.30% Quality Assurance 2
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 297 $30,290 -150 -5.10% Production 2
Coating, Painting & Spraying Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 284 $32,760 190 8.60% Production 2
Butchers & Meat Cutters - Manufacturing 284 $29,840 350 12.90% Production 2
Forging Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 278 $54,090 40 7.00% Production 2
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 277 $36,400 910 32.40% Production 3
Tool & Die Makers - Manufacturing 274 $46,040 350 14.20% Production 3
Machine Feeders & Offbearers - Manufacturing 271 $28,270 100 3.80% Production 2
Computer, Automated Teller & Office Machine Repairers - Manufacturing 259 $34,560 *** *** Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technicians - Manufacturing 257 $55,990 160 6.50% Manufacturing Production Process Development 3
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Ex. Sawing - Manufacturing 256 $27,310 100 5.10% Production 2
Photographic Process Workers & Processing Machine Operators - Manufacturing 241 $23,710 -30 -1.90% Production 2
Cutting, Punching & Press Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 229 $30,090 -60 -0.80% Production 2
Security & Fire Alarm Systems Installers - Manufacturing 228 $47,120 280 20.20% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Musical Instrument Repairers & Tuners - Manufacturing 226 $33,790 *** *** Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Wood - Manufacturing 207 $27,020 140 11.70% Production 2
Extruding & Forming Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Synthetic & Glass Fibers - Manufacturing 200 $37,990 -20 -2.50% Production 2
Grinding & Polishing Workers, Hand - Manufacturing 197 $29,610 90 10.40% Production 1
Welding, Soldering & Brazing Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 188 $37,850 680 36.50% Production 2
Electrical & Electronics Repairers, Commercial & Industrial Equipment - Manufacturing 171 $55,030 70 5.20% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Chemical Technicians - Manufacturing 166 $46,290 60 3.70% Manufacturing Production Process Development 3
Engineering Technicians, Ex. Drafters, All Other - Manufacturing 155 $53,310 30 5.90% Manufacturing Production Process Development ***
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 155 $40,810 20 2.40% Production 2
Fiberglass Laminators & Fabricators - Manufacturing 145 $34,550 110 10.90% Production 2
Upholsterers - Manufacturing 141 $25,500 -30 -2.00% Production 2
Food Processing Workers, All Other - Manufacturing 138 $25,320 90 8.20% Production ***
Engine & Other Machine Assemblers - Manufacturing 133 $28,480 340 20.40% Production 2
Molders, Shapers & Casters, Ex. Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 132 $29,520 *** *** Production ***
Mechanical Drafters - Manufacturing 129 $55,860 *** -0.80% Manufacturing Production Process Development 3
Medical Equipment Repairers - Manufacturing 127 $40,340 340 33.20% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Outdoor Power Equipment & Other Small Engine Mechanics - Manufacturing 119 $30,040 70 7.50% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 2
Milling & Planing Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 115 $50,210 20 4.00% Production 2
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating & Still Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 113 $34,030 -10 -1.90% Production 2
Slaughterers & Meat Packers - Manufacturing 110 $22,720 -10 -8.90% Production 2
Dental Laboratory Technicians - Manufacturing 109 $33,020 40 6.90% Production 2
Mechanical Engineering Technicians - Manufacturing 108 $52,100 150 15.60% Manufacturing Production Process Development 3
Medical Appliance Technicians - Manufacturing 107 $34,600 20 15.40% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Cleaning, Washing & Metal Pickling Equipment Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 100 $32,130 10 3.80% Production 2
Tire Builders - Manufacturing 99 $41,800 40 6.40% Production 2
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 98 $25,010 -130 -25.00% Production 2
Textile Knitting & Weaving Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 90 $23,640 -70 -15.90% Production 2
Coin, Vending & Amusement Machine Servicers & Repairers - Manufacturing 88 $36,180 *** *** Installation & Repair, Maintenance 2
Food & Tobacco Roasting, Baking & Drying Machine Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 85 $36,240 -40 -11.60% Production 2
Woodworkers, All Other - Manufacturing 85 $31,180 50 6.40% Production ***
Coil Winders, Tapers & Finishers - Manufacturing 83 $38,580 80 13.60% Production 2
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians - Manufacturing 81 $30,450 210 22.30% Production 2
Textile, Apparel & Furnishings Workers, All Other - Manufacturing 79 $46,130 *** 1.50% Production ***
Lathe & Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 79 $34,660 -10 -1.30% Production 2
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 79 $34,960 -110 -10.70% Production 2
Painters, Transportation Equipment - Manufacturing 78 $43,070 110 10.30% Production 2
Extruding, Forming, Pressing & Compacting Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 77 $29,990 170 8.40% Production 2
Plating & Coating Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 75 $29,740 -70 -7.60% Production 2
Home Appliance Repairers - Manufacturing 75 $35,800 80 9.80% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 2
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier & Kettle Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 71 $36,080 -30 -4.30% Production 2
Crushing, Grinding & Polishing Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 68 $34,250 60 9.00% Production 2
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers & Repairers - Manufacturing 68 $35,700 20 3.10% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Electrical & Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation & Relay - Manufacturing 66 $78,580 *** *** Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Jewelers & Precious Stone & Metal Workers - Manufacturing 65 $39,180 -30 -11.10% Production ***
Metal Workers & Plastic Workers, All Other - Manufacturing 64 $34,430 40 19.20% Production ***
Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 63 $29,460 -10 -1.10% Production 2
Radio, Cellular & Tower Equipment Installers & Repairers - Manufacturing 59 $55,380 20 4.60% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 55 $53,670 160 31.70% Production 3
Sewers, Hand - Manufacturing 53 $22,150 -40 -25.70% Production 2
Electrical & Electronics Drafters - Manufacturing 52 $58,490 50 11.30% Manufacturing Production Process Development 3
Locksmiths & Safe Repairers - Manufacturing 51 $29,990 90 19.40% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 2
Chemical Plant & System Operators - Manufacturing 51 $47,010 -130 -8.00% Production 2
Prepress Technicians & Workers - Manufacturing 51 $84,100 -30 -6.30% Production 3
Textile Winding, Twisting & Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 48 $27,790 -160 -13.90% Production 2
Plant & System Operators, All Other - Manufacturing 48 $76,180 -40 -8.90% Production ***
Food Cooking Machine Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 47 $28,750 60 4.60% Production 2
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators & Gaugers - Manufacturing 45 $50,090 10 9.50% Production 2
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 45 $34,820 *** -0.80% Production 2
Electro-Mechanical Technicians - Manufacturing 43 $46,630 40 17.20% Manufacturing Production Process Development 3
Precision Instrument & Equipment Repairers, All Other - Manufacturing 42 *** 100 16.70% Installation & Repair, Maintenance ***
Painting, Coating & Decorating Workers - Manufacturing 38 $31,750 -10 -2.70% Production 2
Furniture Finishers - Manufacturing 38 $31,320 *** 0.90% Production 2
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing & Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 38 $33,520 -30 -1.60% Production 2
Shoe & Leather Workers & Repairers - Manufacturing 38 $27,060 -20 -13.00% Production 2
Cutters & Trimmers, Hand - Manufacturing 37 $24,300 -40 -5.80% Production 2
Foundry Mold & Coremakers - Manufacturing 37 $33,780 20 12.80% Production 2
Electric Motor, Power Tool & Related Repairers - Manufacturing 34 $37,070 10 1.60% Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators - Manufacturing 32 $86,330 *** *** Production 3
Drafters, All Other - Manufacturing 31 $48,070 10 5.10% Manufacturing Production Process Development ***
Layout Workers, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 25 $43,610 60 28.10% Production 2
Gas Plant Operators - Manufacturing 24 $48,270 *** 5.60% Production 3
Nuclear Technicians - Manufacturing 23 $76,970 10 1.70% Manufacturing Production Process Development 3
Tool Grinders, Filers & Sharpeners - Manufacturing 22 $35,270 *** -1.60% Production 2
Textile Bleaching & Dyeing Machine Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 22 $27,290 -90 -21.20% Production 2
Etchers & Engravers - Manufacturing 20 $29,960 *** -2.30% Production 2
Semiconductor Processors - Manufacturing 20 *** *** *** Production 2
Model Makers, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 19 $46,690 *** 8.30% Production 3
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging & Systems Assemblers - Manufacturing 18 *** *** *** Production 2
Cooling & Freezing Equipment Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 16 $37,570 *** 2.30% Production 2
Fabric & Apparel Patternmakers - Manufacturing 15 $25,840 *** *** Production 3
Drilling & Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing 15 $34,580 -80 -16.00% Production 2
Shoe Machine Operators & Tenders - Manufacturing 13 *** -20 -19.60% Production 2
Camera & Photographic Equipment Repairers - Manufacturing *** *** *** *** Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Fabric Menders, Ex. Garment - Manufacturing *** *** *** *** Installation & Repair, Maintenance 1
Watch Repairers - Manufacturing *** *** *** *** Installation & Repair, Maintenance 3
Purchasing Agents, Ex. Wholesale, Retail & Farm Products - Manufacturing *** *** 470 10.50% Manufacturing Production Process Development 4
Model Makers, Wood - Manufacturing *** *** *** *** Production 3
Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers - Manufacturing *** *** 80 14.80% Production 2
Team Assemblers - Manufacturing *** *** 11430 25.80% Production 2
Patternmakers, Wood - Manufacturing *** $29,240 *** *** Production 3
Aerospace Engineering & Operations Technicians - Manufacturing *** $69,480 *** *** Manufacturing Production Process Development 4
Pourers & Casters, Metal - Manufacturing *** $41,600 -120 -20.40% Production 2
Power Distributors & Dispatchers - Manufacturing *** $65,800 *** *** Production 3
Production Workers, All Other - Manufacturing *** $30,210 2220 12.00% Production ***
Patternmakers, Metal & Plastic - Manufacturing *** $47,740 20 33.90% Production 3

Manufacturing Pathways

  • Health, Safety and Environmental Assurance

    Pathway Description: Employees in Health, Safety and Environmental Assurance ensure that the equipment is being used safely in the workplace; plan for safety in new production processes; conduct health, safety and/or environmental incident and hazard investigations; conduct preventive health, safety and/or environmental incident and hazard inspections; and implement health, safety and/or environmental programs, projects, policies or procedures. They may train workers in health, safety and/or environmental issues and provide event documentation.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Manufacturing Occupations: This course provides students an opportunity to experience various professional organized skill areas. These experiences are designed to be similar to occupations actually existing in the commercial/industrial workplace. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail and Internet applications to communicate, search for and access information.

    Employment in Manufacturing Occupations: Students will study the roles and responsibilities of various occupations related to manufacturing. Students will research available sources to acquire knowledge of how to maintain a safe and productive workplace including following local, federal and company regulations to perform environmental and safety inspections. Students will develop strategies for communicating with coworkers and/or external customers to ensure production meets business requirements and learn strategies for maintaining equipment, tools and workstations. A work-based learning component is encouraged.

    Applications in Manufacturing Technology: This course prepares students for careers in manufacturing and for postsecondary education. The main focus is a core structure study in hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, material testing, sensors, electric and pneumatic robot operations, and an introduction to programmable logic controllers, measurement, and materials characterization. A work-based learning component is provided.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Logistics and Inventory Control

    Pathway Description: People with careers in Logistics and Inventory Control work with an inventory of raw materials and finished parts. They move raw materials to the production line, unload trucks with raw materials, wrap pallets of finished products for shipment, and communicate with traffic managers.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Manufacturing Occupations: This course provides students an opportunity to experience various professional organized skill areas. These experiences are designed to be similar to occupations actually existing in the commercial/industrial workplace. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail and Internet applications to communicate, search for and access information.

    Employment in Manufacturing Occupations: Students will study the roles and responsibilities of various occupations related to manufacturing. Students will research available sources to acquire knowledge of how to maintain a safe and productive workplace including following local, federal and company regulations to perform environmental and safety inspections. Students will develop strategies for communicating with coworkers and/or external customers to ensure production meets business requirements and learn strategies for maintaining equipment, tools and workstations. A work-based learning component is encouraged.

    Applications in Manufacturing Technology: This course prepares students for careers in manufacturing and for postsecondary education. The main focus is a core structure study in hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, material testing, sensors, electric and pneumatic robot operations, and an introduction to programmable logic controllers, measurement, and materials characterization. A work-based learning component is provided.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Quality Assurance

    Pathway Description: Quality Assurance employees assure that standards and procedures are adhered to and that delivered products or services meet performance requirements. They may have responsibility for monitoring and maintaining the quality of parts and manufacturing processes. This could include identifying the raw product to ensure it meets specifications, as well as measuring or otherwise testing products and parts to ensure they meet required customer specifications.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Manufacturing Occupations: This course provides students an opportunity to experience various professional organized skill areas. These experiences are designed to be similar to occupations actually existing in the commercial/industrial workplace. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail and Internet applications to communicate, search for and access information.

    Employment in Manufacturing Occupations: Students will study the roles and responsibilities of various occupations related to manufacturing. Students will research available sources to acquire knowledge of how to maintain a safe and productive workplace including following local, federal and company regulations to perform environmental and safety inspections. Students will develop strategies for communicating with coworkers and/or external customers to ensure production meets business requirements and learn strategies for maintaining equipment, tools and workstations. A work-based learning component is encouraged.

    Applications in Manufacturing Technology: This course prepares students for careers in manufacturing and for postsecondary education. The main focus is a core structure study in hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, material testing, sensors, electric and pneumatic robot operations, and an introduction to programmable logic controllers, measurement, and materials characterization. A work-based learning component is provided.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Maintenance, Installation and Repair

    Pathway Description: People with careers in Maintenance, Installation and Repair perform preventive maintenance procedures on machines, tools and equipment. These are performed routinely and on a regular basis. They also troubleshoot and repair electrical, electronic and mechanical systems. This will include mechanical repair as well as using computer-based inventory control systems, retrieving information histories on each machine from computer records, and recording repair activities on the system to keep accurate records of repairs performed on each machine.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Manufacturing Occupations: This course provides students an opportunity to experience various professional organized skill areas. These experiences are designed to be similar to occupations actually existing in the commercial/industrial workplace. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail and Internet applications to communicate, search for and access information.

    Employment in Manufacturing Occupations: Students will study the roles and responsibilities of various occupations related to manufacturing. Students will research available sources to acquire knowledge of how to maintain a safe and productive workplace including following local, federal and company regulations to perform environmental and safety inspections. Students will develop strategies for communicating with coworkers and/or external customers to ensure production meets business requirements and learn strategies for maintaining equipment, tools and workstations. A work-based learning component is encouraged.

    Applications in Manufacturing Technology: This course prepares students for careers in manufacturing and for postsecondary education. The main focus is a core structure study in hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, material testing, sensors, electric and pneumatic robot operations, and an introduction to programmable logic controllers, measurement, and materials characterization. A work-based learning component is provided.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Production

    Pathway Description: People with careers in production work on the shop floor making parts or assembling them. They work with machines, making or assembling electronic parts, constructing or assembling modular housing, performing welding jobs, or printing various materials.

    Secondary CTE Courses

    Introduction to Manufacturing Occupations: This course provides students an opportunity to experience various professional organized skill areas. These experiences are designed to be similar to occupations actually existing in the commercial/industrial workplace. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

    Information Technology Applications: Students will use technology tools to manage personal schedules and contact information, create memos and notes, prepare simple reports and other business communications, manage computer operations and file storage, and use electronic mail and Internet applications to communicate, search for and access information.

    Employment in Manufacturing Occupations: Students will study the roles and responsibilities of various occupations related to manufacturing. Students will research available sources to acquire knowledge of how to maintain a safe and productive workplace including following local, federal and company regulations to perform environmental and safety inspections. Students will develop strategies for communicating with coworkers and/or external customers to ensure production meets business requirements and learn strategies for maintaining equipment, tools and workstations. A work-based learning component is encouraged.

    Applications in Manufacturing Technology: This course prepares students for careers in manufacturing and for postsecondary education. The main focus is a core structure study in hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, material testing, sensors, electric and pneumatic robot operations, and an introduction to programmable logic controllers, measurement, and materials characterization. A work-based learning component is provided.

    Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

  • Manufacturing Production Process Development

    Pathway Description: Employees in Manufacturing Production Process Development are responsible for product design and design of the manufacturing process. They work with customers to ensure the manufacturing process produces a product that meets or exceeds customer expectations. They also monitor the manufacturing process and the materials used to manufacture the product.

    Secondary CTE Courses
Programs of Study

The Perkins crosswalk of educational programs of study to occupations identifies a number of programs relevant to this career cluster:

  • 15.0303 Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0304 Laser and Optical Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0305 Telecommunications Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0399 Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 15.0401 Biomedical Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0403 Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology.
  • 15.0404 Instrumentation Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0405 Robotics Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0499 Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 15.0501 Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0505 Solar Energy Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0607 Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0611 Metallurgical Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0612 Industrial Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0613 Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0699 Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 15.0702 Quality Control Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0799 Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 15.0801 Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0805 Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician.
  • 15.0899 Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 15.1103 Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology/Technician.
  • 15.1199 Engineering-Related Technologies, Other.
  • 15.1201 Computer Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • 15.1202 Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology.
  • 15.1203 Computer Hardware Technology/Technician.
  • 15.1204 Computer Software Technology/Technician.
  • 15.1299 Computer Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 15.1301 Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General.
  • 15.1302 CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician.
  • 15.1401 Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • 19.0901 Apparel and Textiles, General.
  • 19.0902 Apparel and Textile Manufacture.
  • 19.0904 Textile Science.
  • 19.0999 Apparel and Textiles, Other.
  • 41.0204 Industrial Radiologic Technology/Technician.
  • 41.0205 Nuclear/Nuclear Power Technology/Technician.
  • 41.0299 Nuclear and Industrial Radiologic Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 41.0301 Chemical Technology/Technician.
  • 41.0303 Chemical Process Technology.
  • 41.0399 Physical Science Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 41.9999 Science Technologies/Technicians, Other.
  • 47.0101 Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General.
  • 47.0102 Business Machine Repair.
  • 47.0104 Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0105 Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0106 Appliance Installation and Repair Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0199 Electrical/Electronics Maintenance and Repair Technology, Other.
  • 47.0303 Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology.
  • 47.0399 Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies, Other.
  • 47.0402 Gunsmithing/Gunsmith.
  • 47.0403 Locksmithing and Safe Repair.
  • 47.0404 Musical Instrument Fabrication and Repair.
  • 47.0408 Watchmaking and Jewelrymaking.
  • 47.0409 Parts and Warehousing Operations and Maintenance Technology/Technician.
  • 47.0499 Precision Systems Maintenance and Repair Technologies, Other.
  • 48.0000 Precision Production Trades, General.
  • 48.0303 Upholstery/Upholsterer.
  • 48.0304 Shoe, Boot and Leather Repair.
  • 48.0399 Leatherworking and Upholstery, Other.
  • 48.0501 Machine Tool Technology/Machinist.
  • 48.0503 Machine Shop Technology/Assistant.
  • 48.0506 Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking.
  • 48.0507 Tool and Die Technology/Technician.
  • 48.0508 Welding Technology/Welder.
  • 48.0510 Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist.
  • 48.0511 Metal Fabricator.
  • 48.0599 Precision Metal Working, Other.
  • 48.0701 Woodworking, General.
  • 48.0702 Furniture Design and Manufacturing.
  • 48.0703 Cabinetmaking and Millwork.
  • 48.0799 Woodworking, Other.
  • 48.9999 Precision Production, Other.
  • 51.0603 Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician.
  • 51.1006 Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology/Technician.