Overview of the Manufacturing Career Cluster
The Manufacturing Career Cluster is divided into six diverse career pathways:
- Manufacturing Production Process Development
- Maintenance, Installation, and Repair
- Quality Assurance
- Logistics and Inventory Control
- Health, Safety, and Environmental Assurance
To help students learn more about careers in manufacturing, download and distribute the Manufacturing College and Career Planning Guide (to come). The guide makes an excellent critical reading assignment for students taking the Practicum in Manufacturing course.
Knowing each student's individual program of study is critical to creating a meaningful WBL experience particularly for manufacturing students. Be sure incorporate TEKS from the student's program of study that are consistent with the student's career goal.
For example, the practicum for a student seeking to become a machine operator might include relevant TEKS for Precision Metal Manufacturing, Welding, and/or Engineering Design and Problem-Solving courses.
There are no required prerequisites for the practicum, but the following courses are recommended prerequisites:
Legal and Safety Considerations
Also, the number of appropriate training stations are limited due to safety and age restrictions. Hazardous activities like those listed in Child Labor Bulletin 101 (WH-1295), which you bookmarked in Section 5, are common in manufacturing.
You should always discuss legal and safety considerations with the training sponsor and include appropriate training activities in the student's training plan.
In addition to age limitations, other requirements and restrictions students might encounter are:
- OSHA 10-hour General Industry Training;
- cell phone use prohibitions;
- camera use prohibitions; and
- disclosure of proprietary information.
Take a moment to bookmark the Texas CTE Resource Center website. Later, be sure to explore curriculum guidelines and instructional resources for the AFNR Career Cluster.
Take a few moments to bookmark the CTSO websites below to explore later.
Texas Technology Student Association (TSA)
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
There are several professional association related to manufacturing careers, including those listed below. You may also want to check with your colleagues for advice.
Take a few moments to bookmark the CTE professional association websites below to explore later.
Texas Industrial Vocational Association (TIVA)
Texas Technology and Engineering Educators (TTEE)
Texas Business and Technology Educators Association (TBTEA)