This Career Cluster® is focused on 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, and process engineering.
The Employability Skills for Career Readiness Standards must be an integrated component of all CTE course sequences.
The Automation Technology program introduces students to the fundamentals of automation. Areas of study include safety, the engineering design process, automation controllers and devices, and an introduction to robotics.
The Electronic Technology program provides students the opportunity to develop technical skills that are used throughout the electronic industry. Areas of study include safety, tools, direct current (DC), alternating current (AC), schematics, soldering, measuring electricity, Ohm’s/Watt’s/Kirchhoff’s Laws, semiconductors, electronic circuits, and digital theory.
The Manufacturing Technologies program introduces students to the fundamentals of manufacturing. Areas of emphasis include print reading, spatial reasoning, automation, fabrication, quality control, and various manufacturing production methods.
The Mechanical Technology program provides students the opportunity to learn the operation and maintenance of various mechanical, electrical, and fluid power systems. Areas of study include safety, tools usage, print reading, energy principles, power systems, manufacturing processes, and instrumentation.
The Metalworking program provides students with instruction in the various metalworking processes. Areas of study include safety procedures, print reading, measurement, properties of metals, machine operation, metal-fabricating methods, industrial applications, and problem-solving. Students will also be introduced to the principles of metallurgy, metal lathe operation, forging methods, casting process, welding, and heat-treating procedures.
The Welding Technology program provides students with instruction in the industry standard welding practices. Areas of study include print reading, measurement, properties of metals, SMAW, GMAW, FCAW, GTAW, thermal cutting, codes, inspections, and certifications. This program prepares welding technology students for the American Welding Society (AWS) certification tests.