The Manufacturing industry has evolved drastically in the last several years. Today’s Manufacturing environment consists of great advancements in technology. There is a great need for highly skilled and knowledgeable people. Students will develop skills and knowledge in the setup and operation of machines used in the manufacturing industry. Students will also learn how to program Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines. There will be an opportunity to use industry CAD/CAM software to complete projects. In an addition, a curriculum focus will be on preventive maintenance of machines. Other processes used in manufacturing will be covered including plastic injection molding, welding, casting and assembly.


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Job Ideas

  • CNC Machine Operator
  • CNC Machine Programmer
  • Plastic Injection Mold Maker
  • Die Caster Mold Maker
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Assembler
  • Maintenance & Installation Technician
  • Industrial Production Engineer
  • Supervisor
  • Welding Technician
  • Quality Assurance
  • Safety Engineer
  • Computer Aided Design (Operator)
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Technical Sales Positions
  • Metal Fabricators
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Tooling Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • SPC Coordinator
  • CMM Programmer Layout Specialist
  • Robotics Technician
Associate Degrees

  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Industrial Manufacturing
College Majors

  • Engineering Technology
  • Applied Manufacturing Technology
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Applied Engineering & Technology
Industry Certificates

  • National Institute of Metalworking Skills
  • Manufacturing Skills Standard Council
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • Technology and Manufacturing Aligned (TMA)
  • American Welding Society (AWS) Offered at Harper College

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4. If you are a current high school student, go to your Student Services Department and make an appointment to see your counselor to discuss future options.

5. Go to the “My Plan” tab above and see what course openings you have to explore this college major and career in addition to your courses required for graduation.

6. Visit your counselor to discuss how and when course selection occurs each year of high school.

Next Steps:

1. Explore the tabs above to see more details about this College Major and Career Cluster

2. Find District 211 courses and after school connections you are interested in exploring.

3. Sign into your District 211 Career Cruising account to take self-assessments and find out more about colleges/careers.

  • In Career Cruising, explore the “Careers” tab to find additional information on jobs, degrees and majors.
  • In Career Cruising, explore the “Assessment” tab to take a self-assessment to see where your interests may lead.

4. If you are a current high school student, go to your Student Services Department and make an appointment to see your counselor to discuss future options.

5. Go to the “My Plan” tab above and see what course openings you have to explore this college major and career in addition to your courses required for graduation.

6. Visit your counselor to discuss how and when course selection occurs each year of high school.


After School Connections

  • Manufacturing Club
  • Robotics Club
  • Engineering Club
  • CAD Club

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  • In Career Cruising, explore the “Assessment” tab to take a self-assessment to see where your interests may lead.

4. If you are a current high school student, go to your Student Services Department and make an appointment to see your counselor to discuss future options.

5. Go to the “My Plan” tab above and see what course openings you have to explore this college major and career in addition to your courses required for graduation.

6. Visit your counselor to discuss how and when course selection occurs each year of high school.

My Four-Year Plan

This is a basic overview of the minimum coursework needed for graduation.

*Graduation requirement

A minimum of eighteen academic units of credit is required for graduation. This includes the courses indicated in the above chart plus at least one credit from the Applied Technology, Art, Business Education, Family & Consumer Sciences, Music or World Language Departments.

Additional information regarding requirements for graduation and college entrance:

My Four-Year Plan – Hoffman Estates High School

This is a basic overview of the minimum coursework needed for graduation.

*Graduation requirement

A minimum of eighteen academic units of credit is required for graduation. This includes the courses indicated in the above chart plus at least one credit from the Applied Technology, Art, Business Education, Family & Consumer Sciences, Music or World Language Departments.

Additional information regarding requirements for graduation and college entrance:

Next Steps:

1. Explore the tabs above to see more details about this College Major and Career Cluster

2. Find District 211 courses and after school connections you are interested in exploring.

3. Sign into your District 211 Career Cruising account to take self-assessments and find out more about colleges/careers.

  • In Career Cruising, explore the “Careers” tab to find additional information on jobs, degrees and majors.
  • In Career Cruising, explore the “Assessment” tab to take a self-assessment to see where your interests may lead.

4. If you are a current high school student, go to your Student Services Department and make an appointment to see your counselor to discuss future options.

5. Go to the “My Plan” tab above and see what course openings you have to explore this college major and career in addition to your courses required for graduation.

6. Visit your counselor to discuss how and when course selection occurs each year of high school.