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Manufacturing Careers Bridge

Career Field:  Manufacturing

Adult Career Pathway:  Mechatronics, Machine Tool Technology, Welding, HVAC/R

Type: Bridge

Prepares Students to: Enter college level integrated classes to prepare for certificates or degrees in:

  • Welding
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • HVAC/R
  • Mechatronics

Target Student Population: Below TABE Reading or Math 12.9 or an Accuplacer score that would place student in Developmental Education level courses.

Duration of Course:  9 hrs/wk for approximately 5 weeks = 45 instructional hours

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Course Description: Students become familiar with manufacturing career pathways offered through the local community and technical college. They analyze regional labor market data for the manufacturing industry and identify entry-level manufacturing employment options. Basic manufacturing concepts and terminology are covered as students develop their academic and study skills. The course is held on the college campus to allow students to become acclimated to the college environment. The course is closely aligned with the ACES (Academic, Career, & Employability Skills) Transitions Integration Framework (TIF) and addresses skills in all six of the skill areas.

Curriculum Description: Includes course syllabus, course scope and sequence document with links to contextualized materials, links to key online resources for the course, and related PowerPoint or Google Slide presentations on various related topics as well as Google Slide presentations used as a framework for each day’s materials.

Textbook(s): New Practical Mathematics for Metalworking Trainees by Roberta Laine, National Tooling and Machining Association (2001)

Primary Online Sources of Course Material: n/a

Program costs: Two small soft-cover textbooks per learner (approximately $11/learner); Red Cross CPR/First Aid certification (approximately $60/learner); Interpreter consultant fees (may vary)  This was recently modified to drop the textbook but now includes a $25/student fee for CareerSafe online General OSHA 10 Certificate training (industry-recognized credential)

Individual student fees: $25 for OSHA 10 online training

Instructor Qualifications:  Knowledge in manufacturing, machining and/or production is a plus

Curriculum author:  Ron Fleischmann

Year created: 2015- (ongoing)


Ron Fleischmann
(507)276-6975 / rfleis1@isd77.k12.mn.us