Trades and Industry

The trade and industrial area of Career Technical Education (CTE) is composed of four specific program areas:  Communications, Construction, Manufacturing, and Transportation.  Each program area supports career and technical education courses that are related to that career field. A specific career and technical education license is required for each program area.

  1. Communications Occupations: The communications occupations program supports related CTE courses such as: electricity/electronics - Mechatronics, drafting- technical illustration, photography, audio and video communications, data processing, networking, web design, printing/multimedia production, Project Lead the Way and other communication-related courses.

  2. Construction Occupations: The construction occupations program supports related CTE courses such as: architectural drafting, pre-construction, construction trades (larger structure buildings), cabinet making, general woodworking, Project Lead the Way, and other construction-related courses.

  3. Manufacturing Occupations: The manufacturing occupations program supports related CTE courses such as: welding, machine shop technology, Mechatronics, mechanical drafting, sheet-metal occupations, computerized numerical controls, and Project Lead the Way and other manufacturing-related courses.

  4. Transportation Occupations: The transportation program supports related courses such as: auto mechanics, small gas engines, aviation, super mileage vehicle classes, recreational vehicle repair, motorcycle repair, auto body repair, Project Lead the Way and other transportation-related courses.

Trade and Industrial Education prepares individuals for employment in a wide range of industrial occupations. This includes training for apprentice trades, technical occupations, and other industrial and service occupations. Trade and Industrial Education provides preparation for entry into skilled trades and service occupations that involve designing, producing, processing, assembling, maintaining, servicing, or repairing any product or commodity. Trade and Industrial Education is considered to be the broadest of all career and technical education fields.

Minnesota Career Technical Education Resources

Minnesota SkillsUSA, a state student leadership organization supporting Health Science programs to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MNACTE), a professional organization for CTE teachers/leaders offering state and national support, training and resources.

Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)—Data Center is a useful website for teachers and business/industry professionals to stay current on regional labor market needs and employment trends that can impact CTE programs.