The Manufacturing cluster uses your skills in planning and organization along with your love of technology, engineering and design to work in careers processing materials into products. Careers also include related professional and technical support activities such as production planning, production design, maintenance, and engineering.

The employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is expected to grow. These workers will be needed to help repair our nation’s aging infrastructure, including bridges, highways, and buildings. New power generation facilities and natural gas pipelines also are being built, which will increase the need for these professionals. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters should see even better job prospects also. More machinists and tool and die makers also will be needed in the coming years. Overall, the manufacturing industry is facing a major skills gap due to the retirement of older workers. Applicants who are trained in manufacturing skills should have better job prospects.

Middle School Courses

No Courses at this time

High School Courses

  1. STEM and Precision Machining I & II: #8539, #8540 (ACE)
  2. Materials and Processes Technology with Metals: #8433M
  3. Materials and Processes Technology with Woods: #8433W
  4. Production Systems with Metals: #8447M
  5. Production Systems with Woods: #8433W