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Industrial Trades

Automotive Technology

Chemical Technology

Construction & Maintenance Trades

Engineering/Design/Manufacturing Technology

Welding Technologies

Wind Energy

Careers in this path are related to technologies necessary to design, develop, install, and maintain physical systems. These include engineering, manufacturing, construction, service, and related technologies.

Is this Career Path for You?

If your mechanically inclined and practical, this field may interest you. If you'd enjoy painting a house, repairing a car or wiring electrical circuits, consider this career pathway.

Job Outlook

The manufacturing sector needs skilled workers. Unlike many other entry-level employment opportunities, manufacturing employers continue to offer on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and payment for continued education and career advancement.

Average Salaries

  • Automotive Service Technician: $38,170*
  • Chemical Technician: $41,000**
  • HVAC Mechanics & Installers: $42,710*
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic: $50,580*
  • Mechanical Drafter: $51,200*
  • Mechanical Engineer: $79,870*
*Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, a semi-annual survey that provides wage and employment statistics for the nation, each state, and sub-state regions.
**Kalamazoo/Portage,MI,2015
***According to www.payscale.com