Engineering & Manufacturing
Students explore emerging technologies and engineering aspects
Is your child interested in robotics, engineering, or science? With Stride Career Prep,* your child can get started in a reliable career in manufacturing. The industry is projected to have 2.4 million available jobs up to 2028, according to a 2018 Deloitte study1. And as the industry continues to become more tech-savvy—applying a digital edge to manufacturing, construction, and STEM jobs has never been more critical. Modern manufacturing leans heavily on robotics and mechatronics for automation, making it an ideal career field for those who want to pursue math and science without being confined to a traditional lab.
Career pathways include:
Advanced Manufacturing Pathway
This pathway prepares students to 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 make the product.
Explore manufacturing careers and prepare to apply for and succeed in their first job
Learn how manufacturing companies operate, including the use of computers and automation in manufacturing
Complete hands-on projects designed to provide insight into the world of manufacturing
Explore the principles and techniques involved in lean manufacturing, such as minimizing waste and improving workflow.
Heavy Machine Operations Pre-Apprenticeship Pathway
Knowing how to operate machinery that helps create essential structures is a sought-after skill. This pathway prepares students for a career in equipment operations for industries like construction and machining. They’ll begin with a general exploration of construction and move into the specifics of machinery.
Explore the many facets of the construction world to find their interest
Develop the mathematics skills necessary for the construction field
Learn about construction equipment and its various functions
Learn what it takes to maintain heavy machinery for construction
Engineering & Technology Pathway
Engineers make the world work. This pathway starts with the fundamentals of engineering and progresses into more targeted learning. Students gain the knowledge and skills for jobs such as surveying and mapping technician and engineer.
Discover areas of specialization and what it takes to succeed as an engineer
Learn product design from concept to manufacturing
Study the physical and chemical principles applied in engineering
See how engineers create work that improves societies around the world
What could my future look like in this career field?*
*Data is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated frequently.
Curious about manufacturing careers or exploring education options? Read some of our most frequently asked questions.
Real-World Skills Taught in the Classroom
See how Brent Johnson, a teacher at Stride Career Prep, helps students explore careers through sharing knowledge, hands-on experience, and certification test preparation that make them even more employable after graduation.
Learn more about course offerings in the other Stride Career Prep career fields.
*Stride Career Prep is a program for students in grades 9–12. At some schools, career exploration is offered in middle school. Opportunities vary by school. Please visit your school page or check with your school counselor to find out what's available in your area.
12018 Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute skills gap and future of work study.