Use this activity to teach your students about the salaries and training costs associated with different manufacturing careers while helping them understand the impact of their financial choices.

Duration: Approximately 45-60 min.
Target Age Group: Grades 8-12

Learning Objectives

  • Students will explore areas of budgeting and money management based on manufacturing careers which will lead to discussions of post-secondary options in manufacturing.
  • Students will identify types of training needed for manufacturing careers and how their career choices can impact their future lifestyles.


This activity can be implemented in either an in-person OR online learning format. Access and download the Activity Guides and accompanying materials for both formats below.

Activity Spreadsheet

Depending on your class platform, we have provided a Google Sheet and a Microsoft Excel version to use with your students.

Google Users: Please save a copy of the linked Google Sheet to your Drive. If you upload it as an assignment to Google Classroom it should make a unique file for each student.

Microsoft Users: Please download a copy of the Microsoft Excel file and provide each student with their own unique copy to use.


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