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Career Cluster : Manufacturing


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.

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Manufacturing Pathways

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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