Engineering and Manufacturing

With K12 Private Academy’s Stride Career Prep career field in engineering and manufacturing, students can gain insights into these unique employment opportunities. They can explore their passions through online elective career courses and gain the knowledge they’ll need to enter the engineering and manufacturing fields with exceptional skills.

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Engineering and Manufacturing Career Classes for High School Students

Our various career pathways can help your high school student achieve their goals and give them a digital edge for pursuing desirable STEM career opportunities. Students can pursue the study of math and science without feeling confined to a traditional lab with Stride Career Prep pathways such as:

Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathway

Students interested in monitoring manufacturing processes, planning materials, and ensuring that final products meet expectations may find our advanced manufacturing career pathway rewarding. In these courses, students learn the principles and techniques of manufacturing, how companies operate, how automation plays a role in manufacturing, and more.

These manufacturing courses for high school students offer opportunities to explore the industry, complete hands-on projects, and become more prepared to enter the workforce after graduation.

Enrolled students:

  • Explore various manufacturing career options
  • Prepare to apply for and succeed in their first job
  • Learn how manufacturing companies operate
  • Discover the role computers and automation play in manufacturing
  • Complete hands-on projects for insight into the world of manufacturing
  • Explore the principles and techniques involved in lean manufacturing such as minimizing waste and improving workflow

Heavy Machine Operations Career Pathway

This field is in need of specialized, skilled technicians. Heavy equipment operators work with a variety of construction equipment and are indispensable on construction sites. Students can learn how to operate the machinery used to create essential structures including hospitals, schools, homes, and more.

This career pathway is a great opportunity for your student to explore the possibility of working outdoors as a crucial member of a team on new construction and machining projects.

Enrolled students:

  • Explore the many facets of the construction world to find their interests
  • Develop the mathematics skills necessary to be successful
  • Learn about construction equipment and its various functions
  • Learn what it takes to maintain heavy machinery for construction
  • Gain hands-on experience and certification exam preparation

Engineering and Technology Career Pathway

This career pathway is an exciting opportunity for your student to see how math, science, and technology come together to create the fundamental building blocks of our society. Courses teach students the fundamentals of engineering processes and then move on to specific skill sets to prepare them for careers as surveyors, mapping technicians, engineers, CAD designers, civil engineers, industrial engineers, mechanical engineers, and more.

This comprehensive, accelerated program offers a rigorous deep dive into the field and gives students ample exposure to prepare them for their careers.

Enrolled students:

  • Discover areas of specialization within this career field
  • Learn what it takes to succeed as an engineer
  • Comprehend product design from concept to manufacturing
  • Study the physical and chemical principles applied in engineering
  • See how engineers create work that improves societies around the world

What could my future look like in this career field?*


*Data is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated frequently.

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Get Started with Stride Career Prep

The engineering and technology fields provide hundreds of thousands of job opportunities for students just out of high school. Through our career pathways, students can gain the insights they need to find their passions and hone their skills to prepare for certification exams and leap into the workforce.

*Opportunities vary by school; please visit your school page or check with your school counselor.

**Timing for sufficient exam preparation, necessary prerequisites, and exam fees vary per specific certification. Students should check with their school counselor for details on exam fee coverage opportunities.

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