Production Pathway

The Production Pathway is focused primarily on careers in three areas:  Manufacturing, Building Trades and Agriculture.

Manufacturing Careers

  • Welder
  • Engineer
  • Architect
  • CNC Operator

Building Trades Careers

  • Carpenter
  • Cabinent Maker
  • Electrician
  • Plumber

Agriculture Careers

  • Plant Scientist
  • Greenhouse Manager
  • Natural Resources Specialist
  • Agronomist
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Potential Career Opportunities 


A guy welding a metal bracket

Annual Salary: $35,000 - $66,000

MN Job Openings: Ten year growth--faster than average, Annual Openings--very high

Read blueprints and inspect metal work pieces to plan work, select and set up welding or soldering equipment, weld, fuse, or solder metal parts together. Use flat, vertical, horizontal, or overhead positions, repair broken or cracked parts, monitor the fitting, burning, and welding processes. Avoid overheating of parts, examine welds and solders to be sure they meet requirements, using various instruments, operate safety equipment and observe strict safe work habits.

Electrician installing a fuse box.

Annual Salary: $40,000 - $85,000

MN Job Openings: Ten year growth--much faster than average, Annual Openings--very high

Install or connect conduit (piping), junction boxes, wiring, and electrical fixtures, inspect and test electrical systems to diagnose problems and make sure they work, Test electronic components using ammeters, voltmeters, oscilloscopes, and other equipment. Plan layout and draw sketches of electrical systems, read and follow blueprints to determine where to put wiring, repair or replace faulty wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Follow federal, state, and local electrical and building codes when planning and conducting work.

Lady Crop Advisor talking to a farmer in wheat field

Annual Salary: $42,000 - $73,000

MN Job Openings: Ten year growth--much faster than average, Annual Openings--small

Communicate research and project results to other professionals and the public. teach courses, seminars, or workshops, provide information and recommend changes to farmers and other landowners about the best way to use land, conduct experiments to develop new or improved crops. Record findings, study plant and soil characteristics and problems, develop environmentally safe technology to reduce pests or weeds and to conserve or alter soil, perform chemical analysis to see how soil affects plant growth.

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