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Manufacturing Career Pathways: A Roadmap to Successful Careers in Manufacturing
Manufacturing career pathways give you a roadmap to follow as you plan your career. The pathways begin at the high school level and continue through apprenticeships, earning an associate's degree or later a bachelor's degree. This roadmap reflects reality and provides you multiple opportunities to enter the world of work and then return to continue your education at a later time, without having to repeat classes or lose credit for work completed.
The career pathways provide new opportunities to motivate and prepare you for rewarding lifetime careers in manufacturing
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Create your personal career
Following a traditional career path provides
opportunity for advancement, however, there can be many paths and
options and On-the-Job training which can move you along your own
personal career ladder. To succeed you need to be willing to learn,
invest time and effort in education and training, and demonstrate
your value as a reliable employee.
can provide excellent career opportunities
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Real individual career pathways
Specific Manufacturing Career Paths
Sample career paths for welding, machining and drafting show education options at specific schools as well as opportunities to return to work. The career path begins at the high school level, shows apprenticeship opportunities and options for additional education to achieve an associate's or bachelor's degree. The career paths highlight the optimum education pathway that takes advantage of special agreements/articulations between the educational institutions at the different levels.
To find out about the existing agreements (called articulations) at the schools you are interested in, check out their websites under Education and Training.
If the school has not listed it's articulation agreements on its website, be sure to inquire about special agreements when speaking with the admissions representatives.
Benefits of Manufacturing Career Pathways
- Integrates academic education, technical
training and employment
- Provides a smooth transition from
secondary to post-secondary levels without experiencing delays,
duplication of courses, or loss of credits
- Involves business and industry to assure
that the curriculum is relevant with high performance standards
- Enables students to meet the requirements of an increasingly technical and demanding workplace.
Financial Benefits of Manufacturing Career Pathways
Benefits for High School Students
- You can jump start your careers by
beginning your technical education in high school, at Career and
Technology Centers, or Area Vocational and Technical Schools.
- You can take advantage of dual enrollment
programs by being enrolled in high school classes as well as
college classes at the same time. In other words, you can earn
college credit for work completed while in high school.
- Those college credits are transferable.
- The college credits earned while in
high school cost significantly less than when taken at the
- You can shorten the amount of time spent at the college level, thereby reducing college costs
- You can take advantage of special
agreements (called "articulations") between secondary schools and
community colleges, technical and trade schools, and 2 and 4 yr.
colleges and universities to avoid duplication of courses or to
get advanced placement credit, thereby shortening the course of
study or enabling you to take more advanced courses.
- By taking advantage of dual enrollment and special agreements/articulations between schools, you can significantly reduce the cost of your education to earn either a 2 yr. or 4 yr. Degree and or certification.
Career Path Benefits for adults who want to switch to manufacturing or employees who have interrupted their studies to go to work
- Provides opportunities for skill training
- Provides easy entry back into the
- You may get credit for work experience,
thereby reducing the number of credit hours you must pay for. It
also reduces the number of additional courses you need to take,
thereby saving money.
- Often your employer will help pay your apprenticeship or tuition costs.