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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

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


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


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.

Students who complete a program in the Advanced Manufacturing training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from agencies such as:

  • American Welding Society (AWS)
  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Credentials such as these offer students a competitive edge on positions in manufacturing, production, and metalworking.

Manufacturing Technology Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


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

Attention to detail

Training Facilities