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.

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

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Friday, April 12, 2019. Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school.

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

Many Microsoft® Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who attend Destinations for at least two years in their desired pathway will have enough exposure to career readiness education courses to be best prepared for certification testing.