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Build a Skill for Life

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Students interested in manufacturing tend to have a few traits in common: they are problem solvers, creative thinkers, good with computers, and meticulous about details. If these traits describe you then you should consider a career in manufacturing. In today’s knowledge-based workplace skilled workers are at a premium. Those who are successful have specialized skills, hands-on training, and problem-solving skills. In every manufacturing occupation a working knowledge of math is crucial. Students working in manufacturing will need to easily calculate mathematical problems using concepts learned from algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.

Through Career and Technical Education, Skilled and Technical Sciences Education (STS) has five Pathways in Precision Production Trades that lead to careers in manufacturing. By taking STS courses students can obtain industry certification and be ready to work in a manufacturing career shortly after high school.

Precision Production Trades
Cabinetmaking/Millwork Pathway
Drafting/CAD Pathway
Graphics/Printing Pathway
Machine Tool

Manufacturing in Utah:
> There are over 3,974 manufacturing firms in the state.
> 113,000 people are employed in the manufacturing industry.
> Payroll in the manufacturing industry totals over $1.3 million.
> The average monthly wage in the manufacturing industry is $3,962,
    which is 16.8 percent higher than the statewide average monthly wage.
> Manufacturing equals 8.9 percent of all state employment.
> Utah’s manufacturing industry is currently the 3rd largest industry
    in the state for total employment.
(Source: Utah Manufacturers Association and Utah Department of Workforce Services) 

Kaydee Walters

Jobs in manufacturing require workers who can interpret blueprints, program computerized machining, and solve problems quickly. Kaydee Walters, a recent graduate from Tooele High School, was the gold medal winner in cabinetmaking at the National Skills and Leadership Conference for SkillsUSA in Kansas City. She was the first female, ever, to win this competition. Through participation in CTE Kaydee learned and mastered the specialized skills that will lead her to a successful career in manufacturing. “My CTE classes in high school prepared me in many ways. Such as teaching me the knowledge I needed to know about woodworking, learning about all the tools and machines and how to use them, and how to create and read plans.”

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CTE and Law Enforcement as a Career

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Tanner Kussee: Student, Davis High School

High school is a great time to try out a wide range of Career Pathways by enrolling in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. Through participation in CTE you will be guided as you take courses in your chosen pathway and also have the opportunity to participate in an internship. Tanner Kussee, a student at Davis High School, did just that.

Tanner is interested in law enforcement and recently interned with the Davis County Sheriff’s Department. He learned about the different areas in the Sheriff’s Department and had the opportunity to work in: corrections, dispatch, the courts, and the crime lab. He also went on patrol with an officer. “In corrections I found out what the different cells were called and how much security was needed for each one. In dispatch it was a blast; everyone was super happy and were all willing to help out.”

In CTE you will explore different careers, learn about your interests and abilities, discover your likes and dislikes, and acquire specific job training skills. For instance, during Tanner’s internship he discovered “. . . I would not like to work in a courtroom. I do not like just sitting and listening to what people have done wrong. I did enjoy working in the crime lab. It was great to do experiments to test marijuana and heroin and other drugs; and to figure out what marijuana looked like underneath a microscope, and test its potency using chemicals. The last area that I got to work with was patrol. I got to actually ride along with the deputies.”

In Utah, opportunities in the area of law enforcement are unlimited and include patrol officer, bike and foot patrol officer, community police officer, detective, canine officer, DARE/school resource officer, special weapons and tactics, training officer, and a variety of supervisory positions. Law enforcement is a challenging and rewarding profession, limited only by the abilities of the individual officer. “This whole [internship] experience has given me a different perspective on a career as a law enforcement officer and which direction I want to take.”

Tooele High School Students

Learn more about the Law Enforcement Pathway and other Skilled and Technical Science Pathways at www.UtahCTE.org.

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Auto Mechanics: Hands-on, Skill-building, and Confidence-inspiring

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

By Lara Dobson
Student, Skyline High School

My eyes fluttered open to see the blinding white walls of the classroom. The bell had just rung signaling the end of third period. I raised my head and looked down at the crowded text of my Chemistry book. I knew I would be up late that night finishing the work I hadn’t started during class. I pried myself from the chair, threw my backpack over my shoulder, and started walking to fourth period. Down the history hall, out the side doors, across the sidewalk, and into the Auto Mechanics building. As always, my nose was flooded with the scent of oil and gasoline. I plopped down in a chair, but knew I wouldn’t be stationary for long. We were learning how to rotate tires that day. After a brief discussion on the plan, I put on my trusty blue mechanic suit and entered the shop. The noise coming from the drills, combined with sparks flying from a welder had me energized instantly. I listened impatiently as our teacher showed us step by step how to rotate the tires, anxious to get some hands-on experience. But, when I finally got the drill in my hands, I felt completely lost! The truth is, I had never held a drill – let alone been expected to use one – in my entire life. It took perseverance, but with practice and the help of my fellow classmates, I felt pretty competent by the end of the class.  Imagine; me, a skilled mechanic!