This diverse career cluster prepares learners for careers in planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products. Careers also include related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance, and manufacturing/process engineering.

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Core skills that are necessary for success in these occupations:

  • Repairing – Repairing machines or systems using the right tools
  • Equipment Maintenance – Planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment
  • Installation – Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs
  • Equipment Selection – Deciding what kind of tools and equipment are needed to do a job
  • Troubleshooting – Figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work
  • Operation & Control – Using equipment or systems
  • Operation Monitoring – Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working
  • Quality Control Analysis – Testing how well a product or service works
  • Technology Design – Making equipment and technology useful for customers
  • Monitoring – Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements


Career Pathway

Manufacturing Production Process Development

Maintenance, Installation & Repair


Production Pathway

Maintenance/Operations Pathway

Telecommunications Pathway

Health Informatics Pathway

Management Pathway

Food Products and Processing Systems Pathway

Maintenance, Installation and Repair Pathway

Quality Assurance Pathway

Diagnostics Services Pathway

Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance Pathway

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