Manufacturing Career Cluster
Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.
Career Pathways within this Cluster:
Manufacturing Production Process Development – Employees in Manufacturing Production Process Development are responsible for product design and design of the manufacturing process. They work with customers to ensure the manufacturing process produces a product that meets or exceeds customer expectations. They also monitor the manufacturing process and the materials used to manufacture the product.
Maintenance, Installation, and Repair – People with careers in Maintenance, Installation and Repair perform preventive maintenance procedures on machines, tools and equipment. These are performed routinely and on a regular basis. They also troubleshoot and repair electrical, electronic and mechanical systems. This will include mechanical repair as well as using computer-based inventory control systems, retrieving information histories on each machine from computer records, and recording repair activities on the system to keep accurate records of repairs performed on each machine
Logistics and Inventory Control – Logistics and Inventory Control workers move raw materials, unload trucks, wrap pallets for shipment, and communicate with traffic managers.
Health, Safety, and Environmental Assurance – Health, Safety, and Environmental Management workers are involved in assessing and managing risks associated with safety and environmental issues. The people employed in this pathway research, plan, and carry out activities to make our environment safer and cleaner.
Quality Assurance – Quality Assurance employees assure that standards and procedures are adhered to and that delivered products or services meet performance requirements. They may have responsibility for monitoring and maintaining the quality of parts and manufacturing processes. This could include identifying the raw product to ensure it meets specifications, as well as measuring or otherwise testing products and parts to ensure they meet required customer specifications.
Production – People with careers in production work on the shop floor making parts or assembling them. They work with machines, making or assembling electronic parts, constructing or assembling modular housing, performing welding jobs, or printing various materials.