Manufacturing

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Industry Overview

Manufacturing can generally be described as taking the resources that we have and using them to create a product. The pathways that are included in this cluster include those that work developing the processes for manufacturing, those that actually produce the products, and those that maintain and repair the products after they are produced. Some of the jobs in this cluster can be attained with minimal levels of formal education. Most will require at least a high school diploma. Many of the more skilled positions also require the completion of a two-year college program and/or on-the-job training. Of course there are some positions in this cluster (e.g., engineering) that will require the completion of a four-year college program.

Explore Careers in this Industry

1st Class Welder Helper - Josh

Career Overview

Welders use specialized equipment to cut or connect metal parts. Josh is an entry-level welder.

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$30,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

Career Overview

Aerospace engineers design and develop aerospace vehicles, systems, and their components. In addition, they may be involved in the installation, operation, and evaluation of these systems. These engineers often utilize computer-based modeling and simulation tools. Make sure to search for videos by Kevin and Deepik to learn more about being an aerospace engineer!

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$49,000 /yr
$72,000 /yr
$114,000 /yr

Boat Builders and Shipwrights

Career Overview

This video covers a wide range of positions involved in building ships; that's why salary information has not been included. Use the search bar to find the videos made by Michael and David (a welder and a shipfitter)!

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Chemical Technician

Career Overview

Chemical technicians research, develop, and/or produce chemical products or processes under the supervision of a chemist or chemical engineer.

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$27,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$76,000 /yr

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist - Rob

Career Overview

A computer numerical control (CNC) machinist uses specialized machinery to produce or fix parts or equipment.

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$26,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$66,000 /yr

Dental Laboratory Technician

Career Overview

Dental laboratory technicians construct and repair dental appliances including crowns, bridges, among other things.

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$24,000 /yr
$40,000 /yr
$63,000 /yr

Designer Draftsman - Josh

Career Overview

Drafters prepare technical drawings from designs provided by architects and engineers. Specialized software is used during this process. Be ready for on-going training on these programs!

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$33,000 /yr
$53,000 /yr
$85,000 /yr

Electrical Engineer

Career Overview

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electronic equipment such as motors, communication systems, and power generators.

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$52,000 /yr
$86,000 /yr
$135,000 /yr

Engineer (Aviation) - Deepik

Career Overview

Aerospace engineers design and develop aerospace vehicles, systems, and their components. In addition, they may be involved in the installation, operation, and evaluation of these systems. These engineers often utilize computer-based modeling and simulation tools.

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$49,000 /yr
$72,000 /yr
$114,000 /yr

Machinist - Anthony

Career Overview

A machinist uses specialized machinery to produce or fix parts or equipment. Anthony, the machinist featured in the video, fixes parts for airplanes.

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$26,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$66,000 /yr

Material Man (Ship Building) - Steven

Career Overview

A material man has the responsibility of dealing with all of the incoming materials at a contruction site (in this case in a shipbuilding environment). This person receives and inspects building materials delivered to the site.

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$18,000 /yr
$25,000 /yr
$41,000 /yr

Mechanical Design Draftsman - Adam

Career Overview

Drafters prepare technical drawings from designs provided by architects and engineers. Specialized software is used during this process. Be ready for on-going training on these programs!

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$33,000 /yr
$53,000 /yr
$85,000 /yr

Mechanical Engineer - Ed

Career Overview

Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and evaluate machinery and systems for power generation, heating and air conditioning, engines, and machines. They are also involved in the installation, operation, and maintenance of these systems.

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$53,000 /yr
$84,000 /yr
$131,000 /yr

Mechanical Engineer - Kevin

Career Overview

Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and evaluate machinery and systems for power generation, heating and air conditioning, engines, and machines. They are also involved in the installation, operation, and maintenance of these systems.

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$53,000 /yr
$84,000 /yr
$131,000 /yr

Pipe Fitter - Peter

Career Overview

A pipe fitter prepares pipes to be welded together using a variety of methods and couplings.

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$30,000 /yr
$50,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Pipe Welder - Danielle

Career Overview

A pipe welder is responsible for everything involved with welding pipes together (including the preparation of the pipes and fittings, along with the actual welding). The welder featured in this video works in a ship building environment.

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$30,000 /yr
$48,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Pipe Welder - Jon

Career Overview

A pipe welder is responsible for everything involved with welding pipes together (including the preparation of the pipes and fittings, along with the actual welding).

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$30,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Power Plant Operator

Career Overview

Power plant operators monitor, operate, and maintain all of the systems and power-generating equipment involved in generating power at a power plant.

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$48,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr
$105,000 /yr

Project Manager (Civil Engineering) - Ben

Career Overview

Civil engineers design, build, and maintain construction projects including bridges, roads, tunnels, airports, and water supply and sewage treatment plants.

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$50,000 /yr
$80,000 /yr
$125,000 /yr

Sheet Metal Mechanic - Cyrus

Career Overview

A sheet metal mechanic who works in aviation deals with all of the sheet metal found on the plane. This may involve removing the metal, bending it, cutting it, and reinstalling it. They can also work in various fabricating plants, factories and construction .. ,

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$26,000 /yr
$46,000 /yr
$85,000 /yr

Shipfitter - David

Career Overview

A shipfitter basically puts metal components where they need to be in order to build a ship. They cut and weld metal pieces together in order to build the structure of the ship.

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$33,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$72,000 /yr

Structural Metal Fabricator and Fitter

Career Overview

Metal fabricators and fitters use special machinery to fabricate, assemble, and install large pieces of steel while making buildings or other very large metal structures.

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$27,000 /yr
$42,000 /yr
$65,000 /yr

Welder (Structural, Shipbuilding) - Michael

Career Overview

A structural welder generally works with metal to put together a framework for some type of structure. Mike, the welder featured in the video, works on the frame of a boat.

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$30,000 /yr
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$78,000 /yr

Welders

Career Overview

Welders use specialized equipment to cut or connect metal parts. Use the search box to find videos of Danielle, Michael, Jon, and Nick to learn about a variety of types of welding positions.

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$30,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr