The Manufacturing cluster is about planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering. Today, highly automated manufacturing requires extremely technical skills. Employers continue to need machinists as they purchase new equipment, modify production techniques, and implement design changes more rapidly. Industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers are needed as the use of sophisticated manufacturing machinery requires proper maintenance.
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Employment Projections: 2010-2020
The Manufacturing career cluster is projected to grow slowly, by about seven percent, between 2010 and 2020. Even though slow, this growth represents a big change in Manufacturing. This cluster has been losing jobs for decades, and took a huge hit in the recession, but employment has already begun to recover and continued growth is predicted. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in occupations in this cluster will grow from about 10.7 million in 2010 to around 11.4 million in 2020. The Manufacturing cluster is expected to create over 720,000 new jobs and have almost 3 million job openings between 2010 and 2020.The report Employment Projections for Manufacturing, 2010-2020 includes data on occupations growing faster that the nation average, pathways employment overview, occupations with the most job openings, and employment projections.
What They Make...
Occupations in this cluster and what they make in Virginia
Employed in VA
Typical entry-level Education
|Industrial engineering technicians||1,220||$33K–$76K||Associate's degree|
|Industrial engineers||3,830||$51K–$118K||Bachelor's degree|
|Industrial machinery mechanics||7,730||$31K–$71K||High school diploma|
|Industrial production managers||2,430||$54K–$150K||Bachelor's degree|
|Maintenance workers, machinery||2,170||$25K–$61K||High school diploma|
|Machinists||7,370||$24K-–60K||High school diploma|
|Materials engineers||430||$53K–$130K||Bachelor's degree|
|Millwrights||640||$30K–$73K||High school diploma|
|Packaging, filling machine operators||8,340||$18K–$43K||High school diploma|
|Production, expediting clerks||7,700||$26K–$69K||High school diploma|
|Sheet metal workers||5,110||$25K–$74K||
High school diploma
|Structural metal fabricators, fitters||1,470||$25K–$53K||High school diploma|
|Team assemblers||10,270||$18K–$47K||High school diploma|
|Tool and die makers||1,020||$32K–$70K||High school diploma|
|Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers||8,350||$25K–$56K||High school diploma|
110th to 90th percentile
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Career Cluster Planning
A resource for counselors, administrators, and educators
CTE Administrative Planning Guide (APG) – includes information to help local school divisions plan and schedule instructional programs. The APG is organized by career clusters, with a complete listing of courses, concentration sequences, and credentials available to students as they plan for career entry and continuing education. Users may access course information by cluster or by searching for specific courses or certifications.
Career Planning Guide – includes an easy way for students and counselors to look for courses to further career goals. One can search for occupations, browse by Career Clusters or favorite academic subjects.
Information and tips for instructional leaders, administrators, counselors and teachers/faculty for creating a career pathway academic and career plan of study.
Sample Academic and Career Plans of Study
School divisions are asked to develop sample plans of study based on the courses offered within their schools, the employment needs of the region, and the post-high school educational opportunities needed for these careers. Once these sample plans are developed, they can be customized to the needs of individual students so that all students have the opportunity to have an individualized academic and career plan of study.
Sample Pathway Plans of Study for Manufacturing:
- Health, Safety & Environmental Assurance (Word)
- Logistics Inventory Control (Word)
- Maintenance, Installation & Repair (Word)
- Manufacturing Production Process Development (Word)
- Production (Word)
- Quality Assurance (Word)
- Blank Plan of Study (with fields) (Word)
Also see Sample Plans of Study for all clusters and pathways.
- Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation
- American Apparel and Footwear Association
- Virginia Manufacturers Association
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