Learn about the variety of opportunities a career in manufacturing offers by exploring our interactive activities, videos, and resources.

Interactive Activities

Virtual CT MFG Fair
Explore local companies and discover CT manufacturing through virtual tours, interactive activities, and games.

Augmented Reality Smart MFG Comic Book
Use augmented reality to design, manufacture, and test a flying drone! Download the SmartMFG comic book and app and bring manufacturing to life in the comfort of your own home or classroom.

Cool Stuff Made In Connecticut
Start your journey to a career in manufacturing and learn about products that are made here in CT and the people who make them.

What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?
Explore student-created videos featuring CT manufacturing companies and follow along with our companion activity – Disponible en Español.

Cube Cut: Making Your Future
Test your spatial awareness by carving into cubes to match the plans in this free, mobile 3D puzzle game. See if you have what it takes to succeed in high demand jobs like machinist, CNC machine operator, welder, and technician. Cube Cut is a Simcoach Skill Arcade game.

PPE Matching Game
Test your knowledge about some of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that keeps manufacturing workers safe.

A STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activity brought to you by Fuss & O’Neill, based in Manchester, CT

Pathways to Manufacturing Careers Activity

Plan your own pathway to a fulfilling manufacturing career! Explore various manufacturing careers, the pathways to these careers, and opportunities that are available to you in Connecticut.

Educational Pathways

Learn how you can develop the skills needed for future careers in manufacturing! Take a closer look at some of the options available right here in Connecticut.

Career Pathways Brochures
Learn about careers in manufacturing throughout CT, as well as 8 Cool Careers in Aerospace!

Connecticut Department of Labor Resources

  • CT’s Manufacturing and Other Middle-Skills Jobs – In-depth information about Manufacturing careers and other opportunities in CT including job descriptions, average wages, training requirements and more.
  • CT’s STEM and Manufacturing Jobs – Detailed information about STEM and Manufacturing careers with job descriptions, average wages, training requirements and more.
  • CT Career Paths – Information about various career clusters within CT. Manufacturing Careers information starts on page 31. A key for the various symbols and abbreviations is located on page 8.

Connecticut Technical High School System
The largest high school system in Connecticut serves all geographic regions with 17 diploma-granting technical high schools. The Manufacturing cluster prepares students for careers in manufacturing in areas including automated manufacturing, mechanical design and engineering, mechatronics, precision machining, and welding and metal fabrication.

Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU)
CSCU is governed by the Connecticut Board of Regents and is made up of 12 regional community colleges, 4 universities and an online college. Credit programs leading to a degree or certificate, as well as non-credit, skill-building programs are offered at most schools.

Goodwin University Manufacturing Training
Goodwin University offers a variety of majors and degree and certificate programs to develop the skills that will lead to careers in manufacturing, including manufacturing management, quality, supply chain and logistics, CNC machining, and certified production technicians.

Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM)
RCNGM was created through an award from the National Science Foundation and addresses the need for highly skilled workers in the new manufacturing workplace by building programs that provide resources to educators and students interested in learning new technologies in manufacturing.

Manufacturing Facts

2019 Connecticut Manufacturing Facts
The latest Connecticut manufacturing statistics from the National Association of Manufacturers

Connecticut Manufacturing’s Economic Power
Infographic from the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA)

U.S. Facts about Manufacturing
Infographic from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Online Learning

Spark your interest in STEM
Problem-solve real “on-the-job” engineering and manufacturing challenges through Spark 101’s videos and career profiles.

CPTV Making the Future
Meet up-and-coming young talent and learn about their journeys into Connecticut manufacturing.

Making Ideas Happen with Wepco Plastics
Take a virtual tour of Wepco Plastics, a plastic injection molding company located in Middlefield, CT.

Manufacture Your Future
Take a Virtual Tour and explore today’s manufacturing careers.

Innovation Generation – Making an Impact
Created in partnership between Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education, Innovation Generation aims to engage and excite educators and students in grades 6-10 and empower the makers within.

Edge Factor
Watch videos profiling various careers and pathways in manufacturing. Free login may be required.

As the national representative of the precision custom manufacturing industry, NTMA recognizes that educators and students are experiencing an unprecedented disruption to their daily lives and need resources to continue their career and technology education remotely. With a focus on attracting, inspiring and preparing America’s precision manufacturing workforce, NTMA is proud to offer educators and students with complimentary access to a series of NTMA-U courses (Shop Safety, CNC, Quality Control and Metrology) to support their distance learning needs and ensure that we continue to have a talent pipeline of workers.

Each student is eligible to access each of these complimentary courses through July 31, 2020. For more information, click over to

K-5 Family Code Nights
Sponsored by Infosys as part of the Pathfinders Online Institute. A free introduction to coding for K-5 families.

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