Introduction to Careers in Manufacturing

The Introduction to Careers in Manufacturing course provides the fundamentals of manufacturing in the United States and explores the jobs and career opportunities that manufacturing offers.

Unit 1 provides an overall view of manufacturing in the United States, including how it evolved, how manufacturers are organized, and the impact of manufacturing on our society and economy.

Unit 2 examines the elements of process design, management, and improvement through quality assurance plans, production and quality control, and performance measurement systems.

Unit 3 focuses on jobs and careers in manufacturing, including the need for skilled workers, the outlook for manufacturing in the U.S., and the competencies that manufacturers value and develop in their workers.

Unit 4 focuses on key elements in manufacturing systems and types of manufacturing processes. It also covers research and development, product design, process design and management, and lean manufacturing.

Unit 5 addresses two areas of concern for manufacturers: compliance and safety. It introduces the regulatory and safety environments in which manufacturers work and the steps they take to comply with regulations, as well as the steps some manufacturers take to go beyond compliance to create a high‐performing workplace.


  • Evaluate the impact of manufacturing, including the Industrial Revolution and Second Industrial Revolution, on the U.S. society and economy.
  • Describe the value of manufacturing to and its impact on American society and economy.
  • Analyze possible careers available in manufacturing and its subsectors and in manufacturing operations.
  • Interpret the trends in manufacturing technologies and how they will change the industry and our lives.
  • List the benefits of standards in manufacturing processes and products.
  • Identify the goals of quality assurance, including process redesign, management, and improvement.
  • Estimate the diversity of and potential for growth in manufacturing career opportunities, including the need for skilled workers.
  • Describe the personal effectiveness, academic, and workplace competencies, and evaluate their value to manufacturers.
  • Summarize the manufacturing research and development process and the types of jobs needed to perform it.
  • Characterize the role of product design in manufacturing, and list the steps in a typical product design process.
  • Describe how manufacturers design, manage, and improve their processes.
  • Compare the types of production systems and processes.
  • Define manufacturing process, and identify the types of jobs such processes offer.
  • Describe the benefits, key principles, and elements of lean manufacturing.
  • Examine the purpose of regulations for manufacturers.
  • List the main compliance areas for manufacturing.
  • Evaluate the impact of regulations on manufacturing, on public health and safety, and on environmental protection.
  • Summarize the most common safety hazards in manufacturing.
  • Describe the key components of an effective workplace safety program.
  • Characterize the attributes of a high‐performing workplace.

State: National, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Manufacturing
Course Length: Semester