CNC Machinist

Pathways

CAREER EXPLORE

LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR CAREER

Once you have decided on a career to consider, let's explore it further. (If you have not yet identified a career interest, please visit the Career Assessment page first.) The following resources are provided to help you learn more about your career, jobs within the industry, occupations within those career fields, and other related information. 

With so many jobs and careers that are out there, it's challenging to know where to begin. Breaking it down into Career Clusters can help to narrow it down and focus your efforts. 

Career Clusters

These are major career groups with several individual jobs and pathways within. Explore clusters such as Manufacturing, Hospitality, Architecture, Information Technology, and others. Visit the WA Career Bridge Career Clusters page to explore more resources. 

Career Paths

Within the clusters are small groups of occupations. These occupations share common skills, knowledge, and interests. To see all the careers in a career pathway, click on the Career Cluster within the Clusters page (see the link above). Examples of Career Paths for Manufacturing include: 

Machinery Cluster Path (Example)

 

Additional Manufacturing Paths

Career Explore NW

With your career in mind, you should have had exposure to resources through the Career Assessment process to information, videos, and content that helps you to learn about your career. Another great resource comes from Career Explore NW where you can view videos from several careers and employers throughout Washington about available careers. These videos provide a "day in the life" perspective for students where employees share their experiences of what it is like to work for employers in those positions. Employers also provide virtual tours of their facilities to show you what it's like to work for them. Check out the link to explore several careers available fo you. 

CareerOneStop

This site is an extension of the same site you may have used for your Career Assessment. It is filled with extensive information and videos on hundreds of different careers. Examples are provided below: 

FITTING WITH HIGH SCHOOL & BEYOND PLANS

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How does this fit in with the

High School & Beyond Plan?

The Requirement

For students in Washington, The High School and Beyond Plan is a state graduation requirement for every student designed to guide students through high school and think about their future. 

Plans are intended to personalize student goals and experiences. It should also help students align goals after school with personal values, strengths, passions, and long-term goals. 

Each student must have a Plan (HSBP) to guide their high school experience and prepare them for postsecondary education or training and career.

The Challenge

Students start their plans in seventh or eighth grade and then continue to revise them throughout high school. Unfortunately, most students have not been exposed to most careers - especially not the one they are best matched to - before setting their career plans. 

This means they are building life plans around unfamiliar careers or those for which they are mismatched.  

Our Goal

This changes the current model and helps you explore career options, improve your preparation for the best career, and ultimately launch your future. Use this to IMPROVE THE OUTCOME OF YOUR HIGH SCHOOL & BEYOND PLAN. Be sure to use the tools found in this platform to learn more and explore the careers, industries, and employers available to you.

STILL TRYING TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO?

If you have found your way to this page just a little too soon, no worries. We recommend that you first consider spending time on the Career Assessment page. This will allow you to complete a quick review that can help you to narrow down a few areas of interest. This will also help you to make decisions on areas to look at as we explore career options. 

If you have put it off this long, it's time to go spend the very few minutes it will take to help you finish the task. Then consider the results when you go see what options you have. 

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Starting out

No idea where to begin? Let's start with an assessment. Don't worry...you don't have to study for this one (it's not graded). It helps you to come up with ideas and options for your career choices.

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SOME IDEA

Do you know they type of work you want to do, but don't know what specific jobs are out there? You may start with an assessment, but we can show you a few jobs too. 

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Pretty sure

If you have an idea of what you want to do but are not sure of how to get there, we can show you different pathways. There are several educational choices and ways to pay for it. 

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clear vision

Are you already set? Do you know what you want and how to get there? Chances are, we can help you get connected with resources for financial assistance and other help to get started easier.

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Have You Thought About...MACHINING?

As you consider different careers, feel free to explore several options that may be of interest to you. For example, consider a career in Machining and all that goes into it. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT CAREERS (Including Machining)

Choosing a career is a big decision! How can you know if it's the right choice? Remember - you can change your mind later if you don't like what you study. The important thing is to GET STARTED

There are several tools available to help you explore careers. While we hope that a career in manufacturing is for you, let's take the time to find what's right for you. 

Click below to discover tools available to help you begin your journey. 

EXPLORE YOUR FIRST STEPS 

Choosing a career is a big decision! How can you know if it's the right choice? Remember - you can change your mind later if you don't like what you study. The important thing is to GET STARTED

There are several tools available to help you explore careers. While we hope that a career in manufacturing is for you, let's take the time to find what's right for you. 

Click below to discover tools available to help you begin your journey. 

PREPARE FOR A CAREER AS A MACHINIST

Let's talk about what it takes to get you from where you're at to where you want to go. There is not just one way to get there. You can start from almost anywhere and take several pathways to reach your destination. 

Whether you attend college, work an apprenticeship, start in high school, or follow a less traditional approach, you can become a Machinist with training and start working in an Advanced Manufacturing industry, making a good salary with a solid future. 

Learn about the pathways available to get you into the workplace. 

FIND A MACHINIST JOB WHEN YOU'RE READY

Let's talk about what it takes to get you from where you're at to where you want to go. There is not just one way to get there. You can start from almost anywhere and take several pathways to reach your destination. 

Whether you attend college, work an apprenticeship, start in high school, or follow a less traditional approach, you can become a Machinist with training and start working in an Advanced Manufacturing industry, making a good salary with a solid future. 

Learn about the pathways available to get you into the workplace.