Manufacturing and Product Development Sector Information

  • Sector description: The Welding and Drafting Pathways are designed to prepare students for entry level positions as welding apprentice or industrial drafter trainee or related fields. Students study skills as reading blueprints, cutting and welding metal, manufacturing processes, mechanisms,, planning, preparation, interpreting and preparation of engineering and architectural drawings using drafting tools and CAD software, all necessary for entry level positions in welding or industrial drafting fields.

    Certifications: certification




     Employment opportunity:

    Entry Level (w/H.S. diploma)

    Technical Level (w/AA or AS or certificate)

    Professional Level (w/BA or BS degree)

    Welder helper

    Mechanical helper

    Welding apprentice

    Industrial drafter trainee

    Manufacturing technician

    Entry level quality control inspector

    Welding inspector

    Entry level CAD drafter

    CAD technician

    Welding engineer

    Quality control engineer

    Mechanical Engineer

    Associate Foundry Engineer

    CAD designer


    Post- secondary opportunities: 

     hartnell Hartnell College:

    For students who complete this pathway, the following programs are offered at Hartnell Community College. Students may continue studies in this area and potentially earn the following degrees and certificates: Associate of Science in Welding Technology, Certificate of Achievement in Welding Technology.