The Manufacturing and Product Development sector provides a foundation for secondary students in California in manufacturing processes and systems, including graphic design production, machine tooling and forming, welding and materials joining, and product innovation and design. Students engage in an instructional program that integrates academic and technical preparation and focuses on career awareness, career exploration, and skill preparation in four pathways. The pathways emphasize real-world, occupationally relevant experiences of significant scope and depth in manufacturing. The knowledge and skills are acquired within a sequential, standards-based pathway program that integrates hands-on, project-based, and work-based instruction. Standards in this sector are designed to prepare students for entry to a career, post secondary education, or advanced technical training.
The Product Innovation and Design pathway provides students with an understanding of the design and manufacturing technologies common to careers in the fields of product design and manufacturing. Representative topics include the product design and development process, the principles of design, computer-aided design, fabrication and manufacturing processes, sustainability, and the principles of business, entrepreneurship, and global design. Students will also learn computer-aided manufacturing, CAD, and essential soft skills required for any career path. This 4 couse sequence begins with Introduction to Engineering. A student who completes this pathway will be competitive for over 1,000 jobs each year in our region. Students will also be able to earn credit at our local community colleges. For those who go on to pursue a four year degree in engineering, they will have valuable hands on experience that will set them ahead of their peers.