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The Manufacturing Career Cluster® focuses on 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.

Programs of study

Advanced Manufacturing and Machinery Mechanics: Robotics

Advanced Manufacturing and Machinery Mechanics: Robotics Program of Study

The Advanced Manufacturing and Machinery Mechanics program of study focuses on the assembly, operation, maintenance, and repair of electromechanical equipment or devices. Students may work in a variety of mechanical fields, gaining knowledge and experience in robotics, refinery and pipeline systems, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. CTE concentrators may work in a variety of fields of engineering. 

Course pathways

Note: These programs are offered at all GISD campuses and the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center (GRCTC).

LevelCampus pathwayGRCTC pathway
1

8M100
Principles of Manufacturing

8O100
Principles of Applied Engineering

8M100
Principles of Manufacturing

8O100
Principles of Applied Engineering

28O220
Robotics I

8O230
Engineering Design & Presentation I

8O220
Robotics I

38O230
Engineering Design & Presentation I

8M940 GRCTC (Fall)
Manufacturing Engineering Technology I

8O900 GRCTC (Spring)
Robotics II

4

8M470
Practicum in Manufacturing

8M474 EXT
Practicum in Manufacturing

8M990 GRCTC
Practicum in Manufacturing - Robotics

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Electro-Mechanical Assemblers$30,1609519%
Electro-Mechanical Technicians$56,5551279%
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$49,8163,78827%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • FANUC Robot Operator 1
  • Mastercam Associate Level Certification
  • NCCER Industrial Maintenance Mechanic**
  • NIMS Industrial Technology Maintenance - Maintenance Operations
Certificate/License*
  • Engineer, Professional
  • PMMI Mechatronics: Programmable Logic Controllers 1
  • Certified Quality Technician
  • Plant Maintenance Technologist
Associate's Degree
  • Electro-mechanical Engineering/Technology
  • Robotics Technology/Technician
  • Instrumentation Technology/Technician
  • Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
Bachelor's Degree
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at all GISD campuses and the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join SkillsUSA
  • Participate in local STEM events
Work-based learning activities
  • Do an apprenticeship at a local business or industry
  • Join the American Welding Society
Advanced Manufacturing and Machinery Mechanics: Manufacturing Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing and Machinery Mechanics: Manufacturing Engineering Program of Study

The Advanced Manufacturing and Machinery Mechanics program of study focuses on the assembly, operation, maintenance, and repair of electromechanical equipment or devices. Students may work in a variety of mechanical fields, gaining knowledge and experience in robotics, refinery and pipeline systems, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. CTE concentrators may work in a variety of fields of engineering. 

Course pathway

Note: This program is only offered at the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center (GRCTC).

LevelGRCTC pathway
1

8M100
Principles of Manufacturing

8O100
Principles of Applied Engineering

28O230 
Engineering Design & Presentation I
3

8M940S GRCTC (Fall)
Manufacturing Engineering Technology I

8M950S GRCTC (Spring)
Manufacturing Engineering Technology II

48M960
Practicum in Manufacturing

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Electro-Mechanical Assemblers$30,1609519%
Electro-Mechanical Technicians$56,5551279%
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$49,8163,78827%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • FANUC Robot Operator 1
  • Mastercam Associate Level Certification
  • NCCER Industrial Maintenance Mechanic**
  • NIMS Industrial Technology Maintenance - Maintenance Operations
Certificate/License*
  • Engineer, Professional
  • PMMI Mechatronics: Programmable Logic Controllers 1
  • Certified Quality Technician
  • Plant Maintenance Technologist
Associate's Degree
  • Electro-mechanical Engineering/Technology
  • Robotics Technology/Technician
  • Instrumentation Technology/Technician
  • Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
Bachelor's Degree
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at all GISD campuses and the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join SkillsUSA
  • Participate in local STEM events
Work-based learning activities
  • Do an apprenticeship at a local business or industry
  • Join the American Welding Society
Manufacturing Technology: Diversified Manufacturing

Manufacturing Technology: Diversified Manufacturing Program of Study

The Manufacturing Technology program of study focuses on the development and use of automatic and computer-controlled machines, tools, and robots that perform work on metal or plastic. Students will learn how to set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Students will also learn how to modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain individual machines, and how to use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment.

Course pathway

Note: This program is offered at all GISD campuses except Lakeview Centennial HS.

LevelCampus pathway
1

8M100
Principles of Manufacturing

8O100
Principles of Applied Engineering

28M220
Diversified Manufacturing I
38M320
Diversified Manufacturing II
4

8M470/8M474 EXT
Practicum in Manufacturing

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Mechanical Engineering Technicians$57,1174539%
Production and Operating Technicians$62,1715,0949%
CNS Machine Programmers$54,89122213%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • MSSC Certified Production Technician
  • ISCET Associate-Level Certified Electronics Technician
  • Mastercam Professional Level Certification
  • NIMS Industrial Technology Maintenance - Basic Mechanical Systems**
Certificate/License*
  • Certified Welder or Weldor Inspector
  • Machining Level 1-CNC Milling: Programming, Setup & Operations
  • Certified Welding Engineering
  • Certified Environmental, Safety, and Health Trainer
Associate's Degree
  • Welding Technology/Welder
  • Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
Bachelor's Degree
  • Welding Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Biomedical Technology/Technician
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Environmental Health
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Welding Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Environmental Health

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at all GISD campuses except Lakeview Centennial HS

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join SkillsUSA
  • Job shadow a machinist
Work-based learning activities
  • Do an apprenticeship at a local business or industry
  • Join the American Welding Society
Manufacturing Technology: Precision Metal Manufacturing

Manufacturing Technology: Precision Metal Manufacturing Program of Study

The Manufacturing Technology program of study focuses on the development and use of automatic and computer-controlled machines, tools, and robots that perform work on metal or plastic. Students will learn how to set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Students will also learn how to modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain individual machines, and how to use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment.

Course pathway

Note: This program is only offered at the Garland HS (GHS) campus.

LevelGHS pathway
1

8M100
Principles of Manufacturing

8O100
Principles of Applied Engineering

28M220
Diversified Manufacturing I
3

8M200
Precision Metal Manufacturing I

48M300/8M305 DC
Precision Metal Manufacturing II

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Mechanical Engineering Technicians$57,1174539%
Production and Operating Technicians$62,1715,0949%
CNS Machine Programmers$54,89122213%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • MSSC Certified Production Technician
  • ISCET Associate-Level Certified Electronics Technician
  • Mastercam Professional Level Certification
  • NIMS Industrial Technology Maintenance - Basic Mechanical Systems**
Certificate/License*
  • Certified Welder or Weldor Inspector
  • Machining Level 1-CNC Milling: Programming, Setup & Operations
  • Certified Welding Engineering
  • Certified Environmental, Safety, and Health Trainer
Associate's Degree
  • Welding Technology/Welder
  • Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
Bachelor's Degree
  • Welding Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Biomedical Technology/Technician
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Environmental Health
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Welding Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Environmental Health

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at all GISD campuses

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join SkillsUSA
  • Job shadow a machinist
Work-based learning activities
  • Do an apprenticeship at a local business or industry
  • Join the American Welding Society
Manufacturing Technology: Metal Manufacturing & Machining

Manufacturing Technology: Metal Manufacturing & Machining Program of Study

The Manufacturing Technology program of study focuses on the development and use of automatic and computer-controlled machines, tools, and robots that perform work on metal or plastic. Students will learn how to set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Students will also learn how to modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain individual machines, and how to use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment.

Course pathway

Note: This program is only offered at the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center (GRCTC).

LevelGRCTC pathway
1

8M100
Principles of Manufacturing

2

8M220
Diversified Manufacturing I

8M200
Precision Metal Manufacturing I

3

8M900 (GRCTC)
Metal Fabrication and Machining I

4

One of the following:

8M910 (GRCTC)
Metal Fabrication and Machining II or

8M920/8M925 DC (GRCTC)
Practicum in Manufacturing

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Mechanical Engineering Technicians$57,1174539%
Production and Operating Technicians$62,1715,0949%
CNS Machine Programmers$54,89122213%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • MSSC Certified Production Technician
  • ISCET Associate-Level Certified Electronics Technician
  • Mastercam Professional Level Certification
  • NIMS Industrial Technology Maintenance - Basic Mechanical Systems**
Certificate/License*
  • Certified Welder or Weldor Inspector
  • Machining Level 1-CNC Milling: Programming, Setup & Operations
  • Certified Welding Engineering
  • Certified Environmental, Safety, and Health Trainer
Associate's Degree
  • Welding Technology/Welder
  • Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
Bachelor's Degree
  • Welding Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Biomedical Technology/Technician
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Environmental Health
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Welding Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Environmental Health

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at all GISD campuses

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join SkillsUSA
  • Job shadow a machinist
Work-based learning activities
  • Do an apprenticeship at a local business or industry
  • Join the American Welding Society
Welding

Welding Program of Study

The Welding program of study focuses on the development and use of automatic and computer-controlled machines, tools, and robots that perform work on metal or plastic. Students will learn how to modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain individual machines, and how to use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment.

Course pathway

Note: This program is offered only at the South Garland HS (SGHS) campus.

LevelSGHS pathway
1

8M130
Introduction to Welding

28M230
Welding I
38M330
Welding II/Lab
4

8M470/8M474 EXT
Practicum in Manufacturing

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$41,3506,1719%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • AWS Certified Welder, D1.1, D9.1**
  • ASW SENSE Level 1**
  • API 1104 Welding Certificate
  • NCCER Welding, Level 1
Certificate/License*
  • Certified Welder or Weldor Inspector
  • Machining Level 1-CNC Milling: Programming, Setup & Operations
  • Certified Welding Engineering
  • Certified Environmental, Safety, and Health Trainer
Associate's Degree
  • Welding Technology/Weldor
  • Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
Bachelor's Degree
  • Welding Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Biomedical Technology/Technician
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Environmental Health
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Welding Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Environmental Health

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at only the SGHS campus

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join SkillsUSA
  • Job shadow a machinist
Work-based learning activities
  • Do an apprenticeship at a local business or industry
  • Join the American Welding Society
Students welding metal

Graduation planning

Endorsement: Business & Industry

See course descriptions and additional information on the high school course descriptions page.