Manufacturing and the Trades
Which pathways are offered?
- Heavy Machine Operations Pre-Apprenticeship—This pathway prepares students to enter an apprenticeship training program to become a journeyman operating engineer in the construction industry. Operating engineers work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics, or surveyors. They work with a variety of construction equipment such as cranes, bulldozers, excavators, forklifts, front end loaders, and backhoes..
What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*
Some of the jobs include:
- Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator
- Boiler Operator
- Operating engineers of heavy equipment, including:
- Motor Graders
- Tractor Loader Backhoes
- Concrete Plandts and Mixes
What is the salary outlook?*
Salaries vary depending on the job, experience, and location but approximate sample salaries include:
- Machinist—$ 46,750/year
- Boiler Operator—$ 62,150/year
- Welder—$ 42,490/year
- Construction Equipment Operator—$62,680/year
*Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school. Salaries vary depending on the job title, experience, and location. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Friday, April 10, 2020.
Which industry-recognized certification exams can my student prepare for?
- Heavy Machine Operators Pre-Apprenticeship Certification
- ACT National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC)