Manufacturing Cluster

This diverse career 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.

Typical High School Classes

  • Intro to the Built Environment
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Electronics
  • Engineering Design
  • Manufacturing Woods / Metals / Plastics
  • Mechatronics
  • Welding

Career & Technical Student Organizations

Get involved with these organizations that support Manufacturing!

Skills USA
Nebraska FFA

H3 Occupations & Average Entry Wage

Maintenance and Repair Workers, General – $25,513
Industrial Machinery Mechanics – $33,485
Machinists – $26,581
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers – $28,551
Purchasing Agents (except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products) – $41,494
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians – $43,111
Industrial Engineering Technicians – $37,810
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment – $43,111
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic – $37,569

Find more H3 jobs at: h3.ne.gov

*This H3 list based on projected highest number of openings in Nebraska through 2024. Source: Nebraska Department of Labor, Office of Labor Market Information

Education Pathways to begin your career

 

Pathway Certificate Diploma Associate’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree Military
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN
DIVERSIFIED MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY
ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY
ELECTROMECHANICAL TECHNOLOGY / MECHATRONICS ENGINEERING
ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY
ENERGY GENERATION OPERATIONS
ENGINEERING
INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY TEACHER
LOGISTICS AND MATERIAL MANAGEMENT
MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY
METALLURGICAL TECHNOLOGY/ TECHNICIAN
NONDESTRUCTIVE TESTING TECHNOLOGY
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
PLASTICS AND POLYMER ENGINEERING
PRECISION MACHINING AND AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY
QUALITY CONTROL TECHNOLOGY
ROBOTICS
TEXTILE SCIENCE
UTILITY LINE
WELDING TECHNOLOGY
WIND ENERGY TECHNOLOGY

Check out all education and training options. Entry into these careers may begin with:

  • Apprenticeships
  • On-the-job training
  • Attaining stackable credentials
  • Entry-level employment

Entrepreneurship is a career choice!

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