Valley Education for Employment System


Manufacturing Career Awareness, a partnership with Valley Industrial Association, is now registering high school groups for field trip opportunities on Friday, October 23, 2015. Registration materials include: company list and selection form.

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