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Technology & Engineering Education (Industrial)

A chart for the technology and engineering education program


VALEES regional students who completed OSHA-10 hour safety card training while in high school can earn Waubonsee Community College credit for MTT 100 Safety Principles (1 sem hrs). Students must complete this form, attach a copy of their OSHA-10 Hour Safety Card and foward to the Division Dean (Ne’Keisha Stepney, Akerlow Hall Room 230, 630-466-2966). A credit recording fee of $10 applies and is paid to the College.


The Computer-Aided Design and Drafting career pathway prepares students for challenging and interesting careers in drafting and related careers in the fields of architecture and construction, manufacturing, surveying and engineering.

VALEES member high school programs align with the Computer-Aided Design / Drafting program at Waubonsee Community College.

Employment in CAD / Drafting may be in a wide range of fields such as architectural or civil drafter, mechanical drafter, and electrical or electronics drafter. Earnings may range from a median annual income of $46,000 for an architectural drafter to $52,000 for an electrical drafter. Salaries may range from $29,000-$80,000 a year.

VALEES member schools with CAD / Drafting programs are:

  • Batavia H.S.
  • East Aurora H.S.
  • Geneva H.S.
  • Indian Valley Vocational Center
  • Oswego and Oswego East H.S.
  • West Aurora H.S.
  • Yorkville H.S.

Career Cruising provides additional career information that will be helpful in planning a career pathway. If you have not yet used Career Cruising, it will be helpful to talk with your school counselor for free access to this valuable online career planning tool.

Additional Resources

Skills USA Illinois

Marshmallow Challenge

Early college credit may be earned at Waubonsee Community College if you successfully complete VALEES courses and meet applicable requirements.

SkillsUSA Illinois is a partnersip of students, educators, and business partners working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

Illinois Drafting Educators Association is a professional non-profit organization with a mission of advancing the design and drafting occupation thorugh education.


Manufacturing careers provide a wide range of job opportunities including the processing of materials into products, planning, managing, and providing technical support such as maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering. Strong employability skills often referred to as “soft skills” along with increasing requirements for solid math, science and technical skills are important in pursuing a career in manufacturing. Related careers include health, safety and environmental assurance, logistics and inventory control, and quality assurance.

The manufacturing industry involves many career pathways that also involve business operations, marketing, printing, and the development and application of technology related to product and process design.

Learn about various careers in manufacturing from the below linked videos produced by the Technology & Manufacturing Association

Mold Maker

CNC Machinist

CNC Machinist 2

Tool and Die Maker

Precision Welder

Tool Engineer

Quality Inspector

Manufacturing Careers booklet from TMA 

Employment in manufacturing has been greatly impacted by the global economy. Replacement of manufacturing workers accounts for job opportunities along with a growing need for workers with technical skills.

Additional information may be found at:

Valley Industrial Association

Illinois Manufacturers’ Association

Waubonsee Community College Manufacturing Programs

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