Manufacturing & Product Development


    Metal Manufacturing Pathway

    The Manufacturing and Product Development industry sector is an important part of California’s economy, producing a wide range of products, including computers, communications equipment, electronic components, high-tech instruments, apparel, metal products, chemicals, plastics, aircraft, ships, missiles and space products, and search and navigation equipment. Both large and small manufacturers are important participants in the electronics, multimedia, and other emergent regional industrial clusters.

    This sector provides a foundation in manufacturing processes and systems for all industrial and technology education students in California. These students are engaged in an instructional program that integrates technical preparation and academics with career awareness, career exploration, and skill preparation in four pathways: Graphic Arts Technology, Integrated Graphics Technology, Machine and Forming Technology, and Welding Technology. Manufacturing and Product Development pathways emphasize real-world, occupationally relevant experiences of significant scope and depth in manufacturing and graphic communication. To prepare students for the vast range of career opportunities in manufacturing and product development, middle schools, high schools, regional occupational centers and programs, apprenticeship programs, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities provide educational and training programs.


    (with high school diploma)
    Desktop Publishing
    Graphic Art Equipment Operator
    Special Effects Animator
    Web Designer
    Pre-Press Designer
    Machine Operator
    Maintenance Mechanic
    Installation Apprentice
    Bindery Workers
    Cutter, Solder, Brazier
    Plastics Assembler
    Foundry Helper
    Furniture Finishers
    Painting, Coating, Decorating
    (with AA or AS degree or certificate)
    Commercial Photographer
    Production Manager
    Graphic Artist Journeyman
    Advertising Design
    Multimedia Digital Editor
    CNC Programmer
    Machine Technician
    Tooling Journeyman
    Industrial Electrician
    Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
    Tool and Die Makers
    Power Plant Operators
    Fabric and Apparel Pattern Makers
    Certified Welder
    Foundry Core, Pattern Maker
    Composite Fabricator
    (with BA or BS degree)
    Publisher, Editor
    Production Developer
    Industrial Technology Instructor
    Network Engineer
    Publications Management
    Multimedia Author
    Manufacturing Engineer
    Mechanical Engineer
    Tooling Engineer
    Design Engineer
    Quality Control Inspector
    Pressurized Vessel Engineer
    Fabrication Designer