The Career Pathways Pyramid shows the competencies needed for jobs in the manufacturing industry. Upon clicking on a level within the pyramid, that particular level will expand to display information for manufacturing occupations. In each expanded level, the following information is provided:
  • Occupation/Career Cluster
  • Education, Credential & Experience Requirements
  • Average Wages
  • Competencies
  • Job Descriptions

Clicking on a specific Occupation/Career will provide additional detail for the particular occupation, including short job descriptions, tasks, and occupation statistics.

Management Competencies
Staffing, Informing, Delegating, Networking, Monitoring Work, Entrepreneurship, Supporting Others, Motivating & Inspiring, Developing & Mentoring, Strategic Planning/Action, Preparing & Evaluation Budgets, Clarifying Roles & Objectives, Managing Conflict & Team Building, Developing an Organizational Vision, Monitoring & Controlling Resources

Education, Credential & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelors Degree
  • May require Industry Certification (SME)

Average Wages

  • $25-36
Basic Management Competencies

Education, Credential & Experience Requirements

  • Associates Degree
  • Technical Certifications (NIMS, AWS, ASQ)

Average Wages

  • $20-30
Occupation Specific Competencies
Knowledge and skill requirements are dependent on specific occupation and employer needs. Refer to O’Net (www.onetonline.org) for job summaries, task listings, and other occupation specific information.

Education, Credential & Experience Requirements

  • Manufacturing experience.
  • Requires short to long term training.
  • Some positions require technical certification. (NIMS, AWS, ASQ, MSSC)

Average Wages

  • $14-24
Industry Technical Competencies
Manufacturing Process (Design & Development), Production, Maintenance-Installation and Repair, Supply Chain Logistics, Quality Assurance/Continuous Improvement, Health & Safety, Sustainable & Green Manufacturing

Education, Credential & Experience Requirements

  • May require short term or on-the-job training
  • Manufacturing experience
  • MSSC CPT Certification

Average Wages

  • $10-15
Personal Effectiveness, Academic, & Workplace Competencies

Workplace Competencies

Business Fundamentals, Teamwork, Adaptability/Flexibility, Marketing & Customer Focus, Planning & Organizing, Problem Solving & Decision Making, Working with Tools & Technology, Checking, Examining & Recording

Academic Competencies

Basic Computer Skills, Applied Mathematics/Measurement, Locating/Using Information, Listening & Following Directions, Critical and Analytical Thinking, Reading for Information, Business Writing, Speaking/Presentation Skills, Applied Science

Personal Effectiveness Competencies

Interpersonal Skills, Integrity, Professionalism, Initiative, Dependability & Reliability, Lifelong Learning

Education, Credential & Experience Requirements

  • HS Diploma/GED/NCRC
  • May require college/career readiness training
The Manufacturing industry needs employees with a wide range of education and training.  Click on a career below to learn about some of the occupations in Manufacturing that are in-demand.  To view more detailed information on Manufacturing, Careers, and Education & Training needed to work in the industry, view the Online Manufacturing Workshop.