The Manufacturing Cluster prepares learners for careers in planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products. Careers also include related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.

Career Pathways

Automated Manufacturing Technician
Calibration Technician
Electrical Installer and Repairer
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler
Extruding and Drawing
Machine Setter/Set-Up Operator
Extrusion Machine Operator
Foundry Worker
Grinding, Lapping, and Buffing Machine Operator
Hand Packers and Packager
Hoist and Winch Operator
Instrument Maker
Large Printing Press Machine
Setter and Set-Up Operator
Machine Operator
Manager, Supervisor
Medical Appliance Maker
Milling Machine Setter, Set-Up Operator
Millwright Operator, Tender Cutter/Brazer, Solderer, Machine Operator
Pattern and Model Maker
Precision Layout Worker
Precision Optical Goods Worker
Production Associate
Sheet Metal Worker
Solderer and Brazer
Tool and Die Maker

Design Engineer
Electrical and Electronics Technician and Technologist
Electronics Engineer
Engineering and Related Technician
and Technologist
Engineering Technician
Industrial Engineer
Labor Relations Manager
Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Technician
Power Generating and Reactor Plant
Operator Precision Inspector,
Tester, and Grader Process  Improvement Technician
Production Manager
Purchasing Agent

Biomedical Equipment Technician
Communication System
Computer Installer/Repairer
Computer Maintenance Technician
Electrical Equipment
Facility Electrician
Industrial Electronic Installer/Repairer
Industrial Facilities Manager
Industrial Machinery Mechanic
Industrial Maintenance Electrician
Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
Industrial Maintenance Technician
Instrument Calibration and Repairer
Instrument Control Technician
Job/Fixture Designer
Laser Systems Technician
Maintenance Repairer
Major Appliance Repairer
Meter Installer/Repairer
Plumber, Pipefitter and Steamfitter
Security System Installer/Repairer

Calibration Technician
Lab Technician
Process Control
Quality Control
Quality Engineer
SPC Coordinator

Communications, Transportation and Utilities Manager
Freight, Stock, and Material Mover
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operator
Logistical Engineer
Material Associate
Material Handler
Material Mover
Process Improvement
Quality Control Technician
Traffic Manager
Traffic, Shipping, and Receiving Clerk

Environmental Engineer
Environmental Specialist
Health and Safety Representative
Safety Coordinator
Safety Engineer
Safety Team Leader
Safety Technician

District Specific Pathways

Pathway: Manufacturing Production

Pathway Courses:

Year 1 – Introduction to Engineering
Year 2 – MAP
Year 3 – Manufacturing Technology/Advanced Metalworking
Year 4 – Cabinetmaking/Machine Operations

*Related Electives: Intro to Oral Communication/Advanced Speech, Technology Concepts, Principles of Engineering, Agriculture Mechanical Technology, BACC Metalworking Occupation/Entrepreneurship/Internship

School Related Activities: Athletics, Tech Club, Skills USA, Speech Team, Maker Club

College Majors (examples) Electronic Equipment Installation, Industrial Production Technologies, Machine Tool Technologies, Nuclear Power Technologies, Sheet Metal Technology, Tool and Die Technology , Welding Technology, Woodworking

Certifications Heartland: Industrial Technology (Welding, Construction, Design & Fabrication, Facilities Maintenance, Industrial Maintenance, Renewable Energy, and Electronics)

Pathway: Fashion Construction

Pathway Courses:

Year 1 – Fashion I & II
Year 2 – Housing & Interior Design I and II/Fashion III
Year 3 – Business Management/Elective
Year 4 – Internship
*Related Electives: Intro to Oral Communication/Advanced Speech, Entrepreneurship, Drawing and Painting I & II, Advanced Art, Photography

School Related Activities: Athletics, FCCLA, Drama Club Tech Crew, Speech Team College Majors (examples) Apparel Technology, Textile Studies, Fashion Design, Fashion Studies, Fashion

Course Offerings: Core Curriculum, Intro to Industrial Technology, Wood Technology I and II, STEM, Career Seminar, Senior Internship

Other Opportunities: BACC Civil Engineering and Architecture, Construction Trades, Geometry in Construction, Metals I and II

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