Types of Jobs

Manufacturing workers work with products and equipment. You might design a new product, decide how the product will be made, or make the product. You might work on cars, computers, appliances, airplanes, or electronic devices.

Other manufacturing workers install or repair products. For example, you might install refrigerators or washers, repair plumping in commercial buildings, or diagnose engine problems in cars and trucks.

Jobs include Aerospace Engineering Technician, Butcher, Machine/Equipment Operator, Machine Tool Programmer, Dental Lab Technician, Home Entertainment Installer/Repairer, Cabinet Builder, Geothermal Technician, Parts Sorter and Inspector, Jewelry Maker, Equipment Mechanic, Painter, Robotics Technician, Tool and Die Maker, and Welder.


  • Health, Safety and Environmental Assurance
  • Logistics and Inventory Control
  • Maintenance, Installation and Repair
  • Manufacturing Production Process Development
  • Production
  • Quality Assurance​

Local Job Shadow Options

  • American Axle Manufacturing (Ridgway & St. Marys)
  • Clarion Sintered Metals
  • Horizon Technologies
  • SGL
  • Abbott Furnace
  • Custom Industrial
  • Other Local Manufacturing Companies
  • Dinsmore Welding
  • St. Marys Auto Body
  • Zito Media

NOTE: These companies have hosted students, but there are a multitude of local manufacturing companies who will open their doors for job shadow opportunities.

DID YOU KNOW? Manufacturing is among the top employers in Elk County. Click below to view the Top 50 Employers in our area.

Elk/Cameron County Locals

View the videos from local folks to learn more about this career

Owner, Sales Manager, & President
Jason Gabler
​Advantage Sales & Supply

Customer Service & Product Planner
Ashley Parson
​Clarion Sintered Metals

Chief Programmer:
JoAnn Schiafone
​Clarion Sintered Metals

Quality Engineer Technician:
Ricky Jay Javier
​Clarion Sintered Metals

Director of Sales/Marketing:
Mike Nedzinski
​Clarion Sintered Metals

Production Supervisor:
Leroy Harlan
Clarion Sintered Metals


Assessing what you like and things you do can lead you to a career field.

Does this sound like you?
  • ​Build things such as wood or metal projects
  • Enjoy machine shop classes
  • Do basic repairs on home appliances or electronics.
  • Rebuild an old car
  • Repair your bicycle, car or ATV
Are these your favorite subjects?
  • Math courses
  • Metal and Wood Shop
  • Construction and Building
  • Science courses
  • Business courses
  • Computer and Technology courses
  • Vocational Agriculture
  • Excel
  • STEM Lab
  • Intro to Robotics
How do you spend your spare time?

Consider these local opportunities to expand your skills in this field.

  • Skills USA
  • Robotics Club
  • Boy / Girl Scouts
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Visit an auto repair shop
  • Job shadow a machinist
  • Explore apprenticeship opportunities with local companies
  • Participate in local STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) events
Challenges, Camps, Workshops & More!

Local Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is kind of like doing one to four years worth of practical lessons, where you will also get paid. However, if you muck about, you will lose your job and your chance to progress. You will have to work hard to succeed, but once you have completed your apprenticeship you will be equipped with a great new skill-set, a clear path for progression and fantastic career prospects

SGL Carbon LLC (St. Marys):

Maintenance Mechanic
Maintenance Machinist
Electrician, Maintenance
Numerical Control Machine Operator​

Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local # 9 (St. Marys)

Local Post-Secondary Education / Trainings

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology (AS)
  • Engineering (BS)
  • Applied Technology (AS)
  • Applied Technology (AS/BS)
  • Computer Information Science (BS)
  • GeoScience (BS)
  • Energy Science & Technology (BS)
  • Engineering Science (AS)
  • Engineering (BS)
  • Petroleum Technologies (AS)
  • Physical Sciences (BS)
  • CADD with Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing Technology
  • Maintenance Electricity & Construction Technology
  • Welding & Fabrication Technology
  • Building Trades
  • Class A CDL
  • Computer Network Engineer
  • ​Computer Technology
  • Diesel Mechanic / Heavy
  • Drafting, Design, Engineering
  • Equipment Technology
  • HVAC / Regfrigeration
  • Machine Shop
  • Welding / Metal
  • Automotive Mechanics Tech
  • Carpentry / Building Construction
  • Diesel Equipment Maintenance / Repair
  • Electrical Occupations
  • HVAC
  • Masonry Construction Tech
  • Metal Engineering Tech
  • Welding / Metal Technology