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Industrial Trades

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?

Are you mechanically inclined and practical? Do you like reading diagrams and blueprints and drawing building structures? Are you curious about how things work? Would you enjoy painting a house, repairing cars, wiring electrical circuits, or woodworking? This may be the career path for you!

Job Outlook

The manufacturing sector needs skilled workers. As the nation recovers from the Great Recession, manufacturers are leading the way in job growth. Unlike many other entry level employment opportunities, manufacturing continues to be a leader in providing on-the-job training, sponsorship of apprenticeships, and payment for continued education and career advancement.

Average Salaries

  • Mechanical Drafter: $51,390*
  • Automotive Service Technician: $39,220*
  • HVAC Mechanic: $46,270*
  • Mechanical Engineer: $56,970*
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014