Dane County School Consortium

Preparing Students For College & Careers

A Leader in Youth Apprenticeship Programs


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Manufacturing is the engine that drives American prosperity. Often the perception is that the heyday of U.S. manufacturing is in the past. Nothing could be further from the truth! Wisconsin is tied as the number one manufacturer in the United States and employs 16% of our labor force.

Manufacturing establishments engage in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products. Furthermore, all manufacturing workers need to possess flexibility of skills in order to respond to rapidly changing industry demands. Therefore, the Manufacturing YA program was structured to require industry-wide foundational skills and industry-specific technical skills.

Manufacturing Brochure


This Youth Apprenticeship occupational area focuses on Manufacturing pathway. YA students acquiring basic skills pertinent to understanding and working in careers to plan, manage, and perform processing of materials into products. The Production units (Assembly and Packaging, Manufacturing Processes, Machining, Welding) allow students to work with a variety of equipment and processes to transform materials into parts or products. The Production Operations Management unit gives students a chance to plan and manage processes that monitor and ensure that materials and products are produced according to specification in an efficient manner. The Maintenance, Installation, and Repair units (Basic and Advanced Industrial Equipment) allow students to monitor, troubleshoot, and repair the equipment necessary for production operations.

  • Entering junior or senior status
  • Display a genuine interest in the Engineering and Technology Pathway
  • Submit a completed application along with references
  • Interview effectively and get hired
  • Maintain a high level of attendance
  • Secure transportation to the job
  • On track for high school graduation

Students participating in the Manufacturing Youth Apprenticeship program will take courses offered through their high school or through the Madison Area Technical College. Courses could possibly include machine tool, welding, and metals. Safety instruction is a requirement of this program. For more information regarding courses student should contact their School to Career Coordinator.

Manufacturing Flyer

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