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
  • Machinist
  • Boiler Operator
  • Welder
  • Operating engineers of heavy equipment, including:
    • Cranes
    • Dozers
    • Scrapers
    • Loaders
    • Motor Graders
    • Tractor Loader Backhoes
    • Excavators
    • Rollers
    • Pavers
    • Concrete Plandts and Mixes
    • Compressors
    • Pumps

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)