Careers in Manufacturing

This course cartridge contains materials for a course that may be offered as credit or non-credit introducing students to the skills, technology, work environment, potential salary, and job placement for occupations in the fields of Machine Tool Technology, Mechatronics (Automation Robotics, Electronics, Fluid Power), Welding and Metal Fabrication, Plastics Engineering Technology, and Engineering CAD (Computer-Aided Design) Technology. This dynamic course provides an outline for activities that could be included such as industry-specific tours or hands-on projects that familiarize students with field practices and shop safety. In addition, a technical aptitude assessment could be administered to assist students in determining if a career in manufacturing fits with their interests and abilities. This is designed as a 12 week course, but could be easily adjusted for your needs. Materials include weekly agendas, a pre-post survey on perceptions of manufacturing, course outline with outcomes, and marketing flyers.
Primary Material Type:
Hennepin Technical College
manufacturing careers, work environment, job placement, survey on perceptions of manufacturing, machine tool technology, mechatronics, automation robotics, electronics, fluid power, welding and metal fabrication, plastics engineering technology, engineering CAD technology

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
Department of Labor
Industry Sector:
Manufacturing -- Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing (332)
Production Occupations (51-0000)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Precision Production (48)
Credit Type:
  • Credit
  • Non-Credit
Credential Type:
  • None
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
Time Required:
Designed for 12 weeks, but can be adjusted
English (United States)
Interactivity Type:
Mix of Active and Presentation.
Quality Note:
Curriculum and other supporting materials were developed by an instructor who received input from other instructors representing the different manufacturing fields. The pre-post survey was developed by the grant's third party elevators with input from the grant team and the instructor. Finally, the curriculum underwent an external SME review by a representative from industry.
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Conducting an evaluation of the instructional materials and providing a report
  • SME Quality Report is posted in Skills Commons
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • None
Course Note:
Careers in Manufacturing


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