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Are you good working with your hands? Can you figure out how a machine works?

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.

There are many hobbies and activities you could explore to learn more about manufacturing. Try one or more of these activities:

  • Skills USA
  • Do basic repairs on home appliances or electronics.
  • 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.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education and MnCareers