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GearsA gear illustration to indicate engineering career information.Engineering, Manufacturing, & Technology

Do you like math and science? Are you interested in building things?

Consider a career in Engineering, Manufacturing, or Technology.

The demands for jobs in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Technology is exploding as the rate of technological advancement in these fields increases.

Additionally, the knowledge and skills gained from these career fields, especially in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), are widespread and stretch across many different industries like automotive, logistics, manufacturing, healthcare, science, and retail.

Salaries in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Technology tend to be higher than average, especially in entry-level positions. Additionally, opportunities for advancement are plentiful as the economy and the rate of technology continue to grow.

In most instances, these career paths require varying levels of post-secondary education, whether apprenticeships, certifications, technical diplomas, associate's or bachelor's degrees.

Manufacturing
machinist

Manufacturing processes are constantly being transformed by advancements in technology, from automation to 3D printing. Outdated manufacturing facilities dependent on manual labor are being replaced by automated, computerized machines, creating new, high-paying career opportunities for workers with the right skills.

Jobs in Demand:
  • Automation Technician
  • Industrial Engineering Technicians
  • Machinist
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Quality Engineer
  • Welder
Next Ten Years
  • 2.6% Job Growth
  • 8,456 New Job Openings
  • Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Annual Salary Range
Annual Salary Range
Experience Level Salary Range
Entry-Level

$47,182

Average

$58,244

Experienced

$74,361

Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Transportation, Distribution, & Logisitics
Auto Body & Service Tech

The Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics career fields have been revolutionized. Automobiles and trucks have become dependent on computers and electronics, and the logistics industry is much more productive today due to computer-optimization.

Jobs In Demand:
  • Auto Body & Service Tech
  • Cargo & Freight Agent
  • Distribution Manager
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Logistician
  • Mobile Electronics Installation & Repair
Next Ten Years
  • 6.9% Job Growth
  • 15,224 New Job Openings
  • Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Annual Salary Range
Annual Salary Range
Experience Level Salary Range
Entry-Level

$19,580

Average

$32,780

Experienced

$53,230

Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Architecture & Construction
two workers at a construction site

The need for construction and trade jobs is growing as new residential homes, commercial buildings, and infrastructure projects are starting all the time. Additionally, many workers in this field are retiring, creating increased demand. This career field is very portable since there is demand for construction across the country.

Jobs In Demand:
  • Architect
  • Carpenter
  • Electrician
  • HVAC Technician
  • Plumber
Next Ten Years
  • 8.7% Job Growth
  • 7,879 New Job Openings
  • Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Annual Salary Range
Annual Salary Range
Experience Level Salary Range
Entry-Level

$34,420

Average

$54,943

Experienced

$82,787

Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
industrial engineer

STEM jobs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) are appearing everywhere in new industries like bio-tech, data science, electronics, and the environmental industry. These jobs pay very well and are applicable across the economy and different industries.

Jobs in Demand:
  • Bio-Medical Scientist
  • Civil Engineer
  • Data Scientist
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Mechanical Engineer
Next Ten Years
  • 13.3% Job Growth
  • 1,088 New Job Openings
  • Source: WORKnet Wisconsin
Annual Salary Range
Annual Salary Range
Experience Level Salary Range
Entry-Level

$44,667

Average

$66,993

Experienced

$102,637

Source: WORKnet Wisconsin

Pathway Specfic Courses

Course Number Course Name Department Prerequisite Suggested Grade Level(s)
2057 Principles of Engineering Science 10,11,12
1513 Introduction to Engineering and Design (IED) Part 1 Technology and Engineering 9,10,11,12
1514 Introduction to Engineering and Design Part 2 Technology and Engineering 9,10,11,12
1545 Engineering Design and Development Technology and Engineering 10,11,12
1506 Computer Integrated Manufacturing Technology and Engineering 10,11,12
1515 Capstone in Engineering & Design Technology and Engineering 12
1573 General Woodworking Technology and Engineering 9,10,11,12
1535 Advanced Woodworking Technology and Engineering 10,11,12
1578 Construction Trades Technology and Engineering 10,11,12
1553 Introduction to Electricity & Electronics Technology and Engineering 9,10,11,12
1512 Welding Processes Technology and Engineering 9,10,11,12
1547 Metal Fabrication Technology and Engineering 9,10,11,12
1539 Advanced Metal Fabrication Technology and Engineering 10,11,12
1591 Integrated Transportation Systems Technology and Engineering 9,10,11,12
1570 Consumer Auto Service Technology and Engineering 10,11,12
1571 Advanced Auto Technology Technology and Engineering 11,12
1631 Intro to Technical Reading and Writing (Language Focus) English 10,11,12
1615 Oral/Interpersonal Communication (Language Focus) English 10,11,12
1666 Written Communication (Language Focus) English 10,11,12
1420(S1) / 1423(S2) Work Experience (1 Period) Work-Based Learning/Miscellaneous 11,12
1474(S1) / 1413(S2) Work Experience (2 Periods) Work-Based Learning/Miscellaneous 11,12
1432(S1) / 1414(S2) Work Experience (3 Periods) Work-Based Learning/Miscellaneous 11,12
Youth Apprenticeship Work-Based Learning/Miscellaneous 11,11,11,11,11,11,11,12,12,12,12,12,12,12
1738 Algebra 2 Mathematics 10,11,12
2141 AP Psychology Social Studies 10,11,12
2146 Introduction to Sociology Social Studies 11,12