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The manufacturing sector has grown with the use of computers, robotics, and need for green energy components. This Youth Apprenticeship occupational area focuses on three pathways:
Skills from machine work, product quality, and repair are learned in this pathway.
Students can choose from three different occupational areas with options to specific pathways.
Students are required to work with machines to make or assemble parts or products. There are four areas to choose from:
This pathway covers monitoring and ensuring processes and products meet specifications. There is one area to choose from:
Preventive maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of tools and equipment are learned in this pathway. There are two areas to choose from:
Below are some examples of careers wages in each pathway. Visit the Occupational Employer Statistics page to find average wages for a specific occupation not listed.
Assemblers and Fabricators: Average $32,410
Boilermakers: Average $58,010
Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers: Average $55,580
Industrial Machinery Mechanic: Average $53,390
Milling and Planning Machine Setters: Average $43,060
Plumbers; Pipefitters; and Steamfitters: Average $68,510
The Department of Workforce Development recommends taking the following courses:
Classroom instruction maybe offered by qualified instructors within the school district, at another school district, a Wisconsin Technical College, a University, through virtual/online learning, and/or by the employer.
This list is not exhaustive but gives an idea of the types of classes a student needs to take for success in this field. Regional Coordinators can help with finding courses that are best for the chosen pathway and will inform students on the related instruction for each pathway. DWD also recommends outside activities/clubs for an enhanced experience such as:
Get started by talking to a school counselor, Youth Apprenticeship Local Coordinator, or Regional Coordinator about how to apply and obtain career materials (plans of study). Contact DWD Youth Apprenticeship Staff for general or statewide program information.
Manufacturing Occupational Pathway