Trade and Industry

The trade and industry area of Career and Technical Education (CTE) is composed of four specific program areas:  Communication Technology, 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. Communication Technology Occupations: The communication technology 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 and other communication/information technology-related courses.

  2. Construction Occupations: The construction occupations program supports related CTE courses such as: architectural drafting, preconstruction, construction trades (larger structure buildings), cabinet making, general woodworking 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 other manufacturing-related courses.

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

Trade and Industry 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 Industry 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 Industry Education is considered to be the broadest of all career and technical education fields.

Did you know? According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED):

  • Manufacturing accounts for the largest share of the state’s gross domestic product (14 percent), and employs 324,000 workers.
  • The transportation and warehousing sector employs 105,670 people—up 25 percent since 2010.
  • In 2019, 144,575 workers were employed in the construction sector. Construction is projected to grow 8.9 percent by 2026.
  •  Informational Technology (IT) companies operate statewide across all industries and Minnesota is a growing hub for data centers, financial technology (fintech), and the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Minnesota Career and Technical Education Resources