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Manufacturing and Product Development


The manufacturing and product development industry sector is an important part of California’s economy, producing a wide range of products, including computers, communications equipment, electronic components, high-tech instruments, apparel, metal products, chemicals, plastics, aircraft, ships, missiles and space products, and search and navigation equipment. Both large and small manufacturers are important participants in the electronics, multimedia, and other emergent regional industrial clusters.

This sector provides a foundation in manufacturing processes and systems for all industrial and technology education students in California. Students are engaged in an instructional program that integrates technical preparation and academics with career awareness, career exploration, and skill preparation.. Manufacturing and Product Development pathways emphasize real-world, occupationally relevant experiences of significant scope and depth in manufacturing and graphic communication. To prepare students for the vast range of career opportunities in manufacturing and product development, middle schools, high schools, regional occupational centers and programs, apprenticeship programs, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities provide educational and training programs.

Manufacturing and Product Development Industry Sector Program Summary

Manufacturing and Product Design Sector Pathways

  • Graphic Design Production Technologies
  • Machine Tooling and Forming Technologies
  • Product Innovation and Design Technologies
  • Welding and Materials Joining Technologies

Sample of Career Technical Education Courses
Illustrates: education level and related occupations for manufacturing including tool and die and product development.


Additional Resources for Manufacturing and Product Development

Contact Information

Michelle McIntosh, Education Administrator I

R. Mary Gallet, Ph.D., Education Programs Consultant

Career Technical Education Leadership and Instructional Support Office
Career and College Transition Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814

Questions: R. M. Gallet, Ph.D. | | 916-445-7754 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, August 25, 2016