Are you interested in working with your hands and building things?

Students in this pathway participate in hands-on engineering and manufacturing activities and projects. You’ll learn the foundational skills needed to design products, safely operate a wide variety of tools and machines, and assemble parts to bring your ideas to life. Students will continually build upon the skills they develop, adding in industry certifications, worksite experience, and ultimately work in a registered apprenticeship. With these skills students can move right into the workforce as a CNC operator, earn certifications or two-year degrees to become technicians, or go to a four-year university to become an engineer.

Skills you’ll learn in this program

  • Application of the engineering and design process to various problems and products
  • How to use CAD (Computer Aided Design) to create drawings, designs to be made on various machines
  • 3D printer set up, troubleshooting, and operation
  • Laser cutter/engraver set up, troubleshooting, and operation
  • File creation, equipment set-up, and operation of CNC (computer numerical controlled) routers, mills, and lathes
  • How to safely use various tools and equipment including: hand tools, tape measures, saws, drills, table saws
  • Safe and proper welding/cutting techniques using GMAW, SMAW, Oxyfuel, and Plasma.
  • Explore career options in science, technology, engineering, math, manufacturing, aerospace, and related fields
  • Develop and improve employability skills, such as communication, leadership, and positive work habits
  • Critical thinking and troubleshooting

Career Options & Salary Range

The wonderful thing about this field is that you have an array of career options to consider. Whether you want to dive right in after high school, or continue on to get your doctorate degree you’ll hopefully find a path that you are passionate about. Below are some careers that might be open to you if you pursue STEM – Engineering at the Innovation Center.

High School Diploma or Equivalent

  • Grinding, Polishing, Assembly Worker
  • Production Worker
  • Welder
  • Carpenter

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Vocational School, On-the-Job Training or Associate Degree

  • Woodworker
  • Aircraft Assembler
  • Machinist
  • CNC Tool Operator
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
  • Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technician
  • Electrical and Electronic Technician
  • Engineering Technician
  • CNC Tool Programmer
  • Computer Tool Programmer
  • Power Plant Operator

Average Salary:

Bachelor's Degree

  • Aerospace Engineering/Operations Technician
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineer

Average Salary:

Bachelor's and Advanced Degrees

  • Material Scientist
  • Architectural and Engineering Manager

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