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Manufacturing Technology



People on this career pathway will learn to develop tools, implement designs, and integrate machinery and equipment with computer technologies to ensure effective manufacturing processes.

Career Details


Students in Manufacturing Technology are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Understanding the basic processes used to form, bend, measure, and test metals
  • Properly handling materials and liquids, and following the basic skills required for personal safety
  • Setting up and operating machines to saw, cut, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material
  • Reading work orders or production schedules to determine specifications, such as materials to use, where to cut, and other dimensions
  • Checking manufactured pieces for defects and flaws, and confirming that they meet specifications
  • Understanding how to maintain machines, and to prevent or recognize such issues as non-characteristic machine sounds

Career Options

Career Options

Most Manufacturing Technology Job Corps graduates go to work for manufacturing companies, plants or small machine shops.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

  • Attention to detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Integrity

Manufacturing Technology Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career

Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.


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