Explore Manufacturing in High School
From robotics to engineering, the world of manufacturing is filled with in-demand professions focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Jump-Start a STEM Career in High School with Stride Career Prep
The Benefits of High School STEM Programs
Manufacturing jobs build futures—literally. Nearly every aspect of our daily lives was built or innovated by someone in a manufacturing career path. Through Stride Career Prep, students can discover high-demand jobs that fit their interests in STEM. With pathways that emphasize technology, such as robotics and mechatronics, students can prepare to enter a high-tech field after high school.
Students in manufacturing pathways can:
Explore the vast, impactful career options in manufacturing
Learn the fundamental science and math behind engineering
Discover the world of robots and the technology behind them
Develop the basic skills needed to work in construction
Prepare for industry certification exams while earning a high school diploma
STEM Career Pathways*
From the roads we drive on to the cars we drive in, engineers are responsible for making our world "work." The Engineering/Technology Pathway prepares students for STEM-focused professions. Students start by learning the basic principles of engineering and mechanics. Then they move into learning skills that engineers use daily, such as architectural drawing.
Advanced Manufacturing Pathway
Manufacturing jobs require precise skills and deep knowledge of the mechanics behind production. In this pathway, students gain both, as they prepare for in-demand manufacturing occupations like machining or welding. This course of study starts with the fundamentals of manufacturing, and then moves into technical skills courses like Manufacturing Process Development.
Heavy Machine Operations Pre-Apprenticeship Pathway
Skilled construction careers, such as equipment operation, are always in high demand because of its niche skill set and rapidly growing industry. As most of these skills are learned through apprenticeship, this pathway prepares students to obtain this sought-after role. Gaining the basic professional and technical skills needed to thrive in construction, students in this pathway graduate ready to pursue apprenticeship.
*Career fields and pathways vary by school. Check with your school for its current offerings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is STEM important in high school?
Learning STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in high school is important for getting ahead in a related career field. With almost 10 million STEM-related jobs in the U.S. with a median annual pay of over $80,000, these roles are both in-demand and highly competitive. High school students participating in Stride Career Prep programming can get a head start on a STEM career and graduate high school with the experience and skills needed to compete for these jobs.
What are the benefits of STEM education?
Learning STEM in high school does more than prepare students for a career. STEM subjects teach students professional and personal skills that can apply to all aspects of life. Through scientific method and experimentation, which is at the heart of STEM, students learn methods to approach problems and discover solutions. And STEM projects help students build critical thinking skills while practicing teamwork and creativity.
What are some STEM careers?
From healthcare physicians and nurses to structural engineers and contractors, careers that are based in STEM principles (like math and science) are considered STEM careers. Today, STEM careers include the following areas:
The STEM career field is always evolving, along with the science and technology it underwrites. The most in-demand STEM career in 10 years may not even exist today.