Valees
Valley Education for Employment System

Technology & Engineering Education (Industrial)

Manufacturing Career Awareness (Friday, October 7, 2016) - student field trip registration

Student field trip registration directions

Student field trip host sites 

OSHA-10 Hour Safety Card

VALEES regional students who completed OSHA-10 hour safety card training while in high school can earn Waubonsee Community College credit for MTT 100 Safety Principles (1 sem hrs). Students must complete this form, attach a copy of their OSHA-10 Hour Safety Card and foward to the Division Dean (Ne'Keisha Stepney, Akerlow Hall Room 230, 630-466-2966). A credit recording fee of $10 applies and is paid to the College.

Computer-Aided Design and Drafting

The Computer-Aided Design and Drafting career pathway prepares students for challenging and interesting careers in drafting and related careers in the fields of architecture and construction, manufacturing, surveying and engineering.

VALEES member high school programs align with the Computer-Aided Design / Drafting program at Waubonsee Community College.

Employment in CAD / Drafting may be in a wide range of fields such as architectural or civil drafter, mechanical drafter, and electrical or electronics drafter. Earnings may range from a median annual income of $46,000 for an architectural drafter to $52,000 for an electrical drafter. Salaries may range from $29,000-$80,000 a year.

VALEES member schools with CAD / Drafting programs are:

  • Batavia H.S.
  • East Aurora H.S.
  • Geneva H.S.
  • Indian Valley Vocational Center
  • Oswego and Oswego East H.S.
  • West Aurora H.S.
  • Yorkville H.S.

Career Cruising provides additional career information that will be helpful in planning a career pathway. If you have not yet used Career Cruising, it will be helpful to talk with your school counselor for free access to this valuable online career planning tool.

Student of the Year 2016 Project Materials

Student of the Year application packet

Student of the Year application as Word document

Additional Resources

Skills USA Illinois

Marshmallow Challenge

Early college credit may be earned at Waubonsee Community College if you successfully complete VALEES courses and meet applicable requirements.

SkillsUSA Illinois is a partnersip of students, educators, and business partners working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

Illinois Drafting Educators Association is a professional non-profit organization with a mission of advancing the dtafting occupation thorugh education.

Manufacturing

Manufacturing careers provide a wide range of job opportunities including the processing of materials into products, planning, managing, and providing technical support such as maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering. Strong employability skills often referred to as "soft skills" along with increasing requirements for solid math, science and technical skills are important in pursuing a career in manufacturing. Related careers include health, safety and environmental assurance, logistics and inventory control, and quality assurance.

The manufacturing industry involves many career pathways that also involve business operations, marketing, printing, and the development and application of technology related to product and process design.

Career and Technical Education programs in the VALEES region include preparation in:

  • mechanics (automotive technology and small engines)
  • welding
  • CAD (drafting, computer aided design, rapid prototyping)
  • graphics (design, web, and printing)
  • fire science / EMT
  • health occupations
  • food services
  • business management, accounting, and marketing
  • information technology
  • agriculture (ag. mechanics, agribusiness, and environmental systems)

Employment in manufacturing has been greatly impacted by the global economy. Replacement of manufacturing workers accounts for job opportunities along with a growing need for workers with technical skills.

Career Cruising provides additional career information that will be helpful in planning a career pathway in accounting. If you have not yet used Career Cruising, it will be helpful to talk with your school counselor for free access to this valuable online career planning tool.

Additional information may be found at:

Valley Industrial Association

Illinois Manufacturers' Association

Waubonsee Community College Manufacturing Programs

Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Projections 2008-2018