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Manufacturing, Construction, Energy and Transportation

Could this be a Career for You?
  • Are you curious about how things work and good at solving problems?
  • Do you work well with tools, machines and your hands?
  • Would you like to get paid to build or fix the things people use every day?
  • Do you love assembling things and following instructions?
  • Do you have a strong math aptitude?
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What You Need to Succeed

  • Technical Skills
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Communication Skills
  • Attention to Detail
  • Troubleshooting Ability
  • Time Management
  • Customer Service Oriented

Pathway Overview

Manufacturing workers work with products and equipment. The introduction of highly computerized equipment and innovative processes like 3-D printing have revolutionized the industry. Architecture and construction workers work on buildings and other structures. You might design plans for a new structure, manage the project or be the skilled worker building it. Energy workers deal with sectors related to power generation (fuels), distribution, storage, energy efficiency and motor vehicles. With more than 40% of the existing energy workforce eligible for retirement over the next five years and with California’s abundant fossil and alternative fuel sources, there is tremendous growth ahead. Transportation workers are responsible for ensuring that people and things get to the right place, at the right time, for the right price using new technologies like Global Positioning Systems (GPS) or Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).


Advanced Manufacturing and Product Design
  • Advances in manufacturing are making the world a better place to live and creating well-paying jobs. These jobs offer opportunities for advancement and many are waiting to be filled.
  • U.S. manufacturers lead the world in innovation and new technologies, creating opportunities in areas like space exploration, 3-D printing and biotechnologies.
  • Manufacturing is at the core of a broad range of these new jobs. Many are higher skill positions in research and development, product design, testing, operations and maintenance.
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Energy Efficiency
  • California law requires that fifty percent of the state’s buildings (billions of square feet) consume ZERO ENERGY by the year 2030. This huge challenge can be met only by a highly-skilled workforce.
  • You can make a difference. Careers in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE&RE) offer students the opportunity to help reduce carbon emissions and address global climate change.
  • Growth and change in this sector is expected to drive employment of more than 15,000 new workers statewide ANNUALLY, most of which will be in high-wage jobs.
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Building and Construction
  • The four pathways in this sector are cabinet making and wood products, engineering and heavy construction, mechanical construction and residential and commercial construction.
  • Each of these four pathways provides opportunities for planning, design, project management and applying a variety of construction skills to complete a wide array of building projects.
  • You need to be skilled to work with your head and hands!
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  • Transportation technology is increasingly electronic, computer-based and high tech with a steady job demand and high pay.
  • Community college transportation programs provide the same quality training and successful placement of students as private
    programs at only 1/10 th of the cost.
  • Our state and national transportation, energy and environmental policies encourage the use of Advanced Transportation and renewable clean energy technologies that will continue to expand job creation in this sector.
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Top Jobs and Salaries

Salaries: What is Your Career Worth?

To help you make important decisions about investing resources in your college education, see how these careers compare:

JobsSalary Ranges
Carpenter$23,170 to $50,660
Transportation Engineer$62,640 to $156,290
Computer User Support Specialist / Automation$35,640 to $99,190
Manufacturing Production Technician$38,520 to $103,010

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College Programs: Manufacturing, Construction, Energy and Transportation

To find programs in this pathway please select your college of interest below.

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Start Today: Get involved and learn more about a new career.

Here are many organizations and activities to explore to learn more:

  • Skills USA
  • Visit an auto repair shop
  • Do basic repairs on home appliances or electronics
  • Intern at a local garage or motorcycle shop
  • Job shadow a machinist, transportation manager or dispatcher
  • Read trade publications in your area of interest
  • Explore apprenticeship or internship opportunities in this field
  • Participate in local STEM events (science, technology, engineering and math)
  • Job shadow at an architecture or home design firm
  • Help out with home improvement projects
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