Trades and Industry

The trade and industrial area of Career and 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 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 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 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.

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

  •  Manufacturing accounts for the 2nd largest share of the state’s gross domestic product (16 percent), and employs 319,000 workers.
  • The Transportation and warehousing sector includes almost 3,700 establishments and employs 71,243 people—up 20 percent between 2010 and 2017.
  • Construction employment is up 10,300 jobs since the recessionary trough in May 2010.
  •  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

SkillsUSA Minnesota, a state student leadership organization supporting trade and technology programs to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

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.