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Career Resources

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The Manufacturing Career Cluster prepares students for careers in planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into products. Careers in professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance, and manufacturing/process engineering are also included.   These careers align closely with careers in the following Connecticut Industry Clusters: Aerospace, Metal Manufacturing, Plastics, and Software/Information Technology.


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Aircraft Manufacturing Careers  
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles, based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, presents information on Aviation Careers and related jobs.

Buyers and Purchasing Agents   {NEW!}

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Buyers and Purchasing Agents, provides the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment and occupations in the industry, training and advancement, occupational outlook and trends, average earnings, and additional information.


Career Guide to Industries Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Industries at a glance.


CareerOneStop  – Career Videos for Manufacturing

Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, CareerOneStop provides a wealth of information and videos for careers and workforce skills. View over two dozen career videos in this cluster.


CareerOneStop – Explore Green Careers: Manufacturing 
Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration, CareerOneStop lists some careers in the green sector. Click on an occupation, then select the state (e.g., Connecticut) to obtain the typical wages/salaries, and a description of specific tasks. 

CareerOneStop – Explore Careers: Salary Finder {NEW!}
Browse comparative wage/salary information available by occupation. 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. Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.

CAREERwise Education : Manufacturing Careers  {NEW!}

This web site has 100+ career paths within this cluster. Click here to see the variety of manufacturing sectors.

Cooper Atkins: "Call Me Maybe: Celebrating Connecticut Manufacturing!"
Check out this YouTube video (3:17) with uplifting team recruitment message from this Connecticut-based global leading manufacturer of innovative food safety and environment solutions.

Focus on the Workforce: "A CNC Rock Star is Born" – Jacob Hudson 
Society of Manufacturing Engineers' "Manufacturing Engineering Media" story about Connecticut native Jacob Hudson, a Platt High School's 2012-2013 star student in the Platt’s Manufacturing Technology program, who won a Silver Medal and a $1500 prize in Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Milling at the National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, beating out top competition from all over the country.

How Everyday Things Are Made 

This site is part of the Alliance for Innovative Manufacturing at Stanford University and shows how things are made.  The site covers a multitude of topics from motorcycles to jelly beans to golf clubs.  It also covers many processes such as casting metal, molding plastics, machining, welding, and waterjet/laser cutting.

How Stuff Works: About SYSK
Ever wonder about the people who create really awesome web sites? Here’s some interesting brief biographies on Charles (Chuck) Bryant co-hosts the “Stuff You Should Know” podcast and Josh Clark is a senior writer at “” and is the co-host of the podcast “Stuff You Should Know.”


Job & Career ConneCTion – Patternmakers, metal and plastic 
Common wages, tasks, skills, and knowledge for patternmaker in the plastics and metal industries. 


Job Corps: Manufacturing Technology 

Read about manufacturing technology and see if Job Corps would be a good place to start.


Manufacturing Institute : dream it. DO IT! 

National Manufacturers Association's website developed specifically to introduce and interest the next generation of manufacturers, with resources and best practices. Click here for 11-page guide.


Maritime Skills Alliance  
Check out the career pathways, skills, and required qualifications to work in manufacturing for the maritime industries.


National Center for Manufacturing Education (NCME) 

The NCME serves as a source of materials, support services, and professional development opportunities for educators and industry professionals including: detailed manufacturing curriculum modules; a self-guided curriculum development kit; a calendar of events that details upcoming conferences, workshops, and student summits; and professional development workshops.

National Robotics Challenge 

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers organizes a National Robotics Challenge every year.  Students make a robot and then compete with it against other schools.  Middle school students may create Lego robots and high school students create more sophisticated robots.  Information on how to get involved is on the site. 


O*NET OnLine – Manufacturing

This database lists some of the many occupations associated with each career cluster, providing summary information for each occupation regarding qualifications and education requirements, skills, abilities, job zones, common tasks and work activities, work values, work styles, interests, and related occupations.


O*NET OnLine Help – Tools and Technology

O*NET OnLine is an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations containing standardized and occupation-specific descriptors, developed by the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). How to use: Type a tool or technology into the first yellow box labeled "Enter a specific tool or technology:" and press "Go" and obtain a list of occupations which use that tool, technology, machines, equipment, or software. Notice the icons at the end of the line: a green leaf means a "green technology" occupation, a sunshine icon signifies good employment prospects.

Preparing for a Career in Advanced Manufacturing   {NEW!}

This CareerME web site shares the exciting future in high-tech manufacturing, with information on careers, companies and people, and more.


Content Last Modified on 9/2/2016 2:02:47 PM