Maryland CTE Career Clusters
Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology
Programs in the Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology Cluster prepare students for a variety of career options through Maryland’s Career and Technology Education Programs of Study that lead to postsecondary education and employment. Students engage in realworld projects that strengthen their understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). They work in teams to complete challenging projects related to design, manufacturing process applications, and quality improvements. Graduates are being educated for the high-performance workplace using advanced technologies. Employers in the manufacturing and engineering sectors need a pipeline of highly qualified employees to remain internationally competitive, to develop and use new technologies, and to continuously improve the quality of life for Marylanders.
Programs of Study
The Pre-Engineering Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program prepares students for further education and careers in engineering and engineering technology. Students complete foundation-level courses in Engineering, including Principles of Engineering, Introduction to Engineering Design, and Digital Electronics. Students then select an area of specialization, including Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Aerospace Engineering or Biotechnical Engineering. In the final course, students also complete an industry-mentored capstone project in Engineering Design and Development.
This program prepares students for a beginning career in manufacturing and machine technologies and aligns to the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Machining Level I Credentials. Students will progress through a program that includes hands-on education in precision machining while developing competency in process control, manual operations, process adjustment, part inspection as well as demonstrate usage of machine safety. School systems looking to implement MET-NIMS CTE program of study must complete the NIMS accreditation process. This includes the identification of four credentialing areas – two required by NIMS and two selected by the school system.