Manufacturing Education and Training

Just as there are countless career opportunities in the manufacturing industry, there are even more trajectories towards getting to each one. Some positions require technical education through high school courses, vocational schools, or community colleges while others require more formal education from a university. There are even positions available that begin with on-the-job training.

Idaho offers training and education opportunities at for job-seekers at every level to get into a manufacturing career. See below to get a sense of what’s available to help you get the appropriate credentials needed for your career interest.

No High School Diploma or GED

  • Hand Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material movers
  • Production Workers’ Helpers
  • Hand Packers and Packagers
  • Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

High School Diploma or GED

  • Machinists
  • Welders
  • General Maintenance and Repair Workers
  • Sales Representatives
  • Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics

Post-Secondary Non-Degree Award

  • Production Supervisors
  • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Data Entry

Associate’s Degree

  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Chemical Technician
  • Semiconductor Processors
  • Electrical Engineering Technologist
  • Mechanical Drafter
  • Electro-Mechanical Technician
  • Web Design
  • Computer Network Support Specialist

Bachelor’s Degree

  • Logistician or Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Manager
  • General and Operations Manager
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Industrial Production Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Advertising Manager
  • Sales account Manager
  • Actuary
  • Human Resources Manager

Master’s Degree

  • Statistician
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Clinical Trial Manager
  • Physicist
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Human Resources Senior Officer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

Doctoral or Professional Degree

  • Computer and Information Research Scientist
  • Lawyer
  • PhD. in Pharmacology, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, Computer Science

On-The-Job Training

  • Customer Service Representatives (short-term OTJT)
  • Production Workers’ Helpers (short-term OTJT)
  • Team Assemblers (short-term OTJT)
  • Welders (medium-term OTJT)
  • CNC Machine Tool Operator (medium-term OTJT)
  • General Maintenance and Repair Worker (long-term OTJT)
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic (long-term OTJT)

Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education is curriculum taught in middle school, high school, and post-secondary levels that focus on specific career skills that lead to jobs in high-demand occupations. Throughout each region of Idaho, there is a technical college, center for adult education, workforce training center, and center for new directions that all teach and offer CTE services. To learn more about CTE in Idaho, visit 

  • Idaho has seen a 14% increase in CTE programs available between 2016 to 2020, jumping from 640 to 731
  • In 2020, 70% of post-secondary students in CTE capstone courses obtained employment related to their CTE training 
  • In 2020, 70% of all Idaho HS students are enrolled in CTE programs 
  • In 2018, 96% of high school juniors and seniors in capstone CTE courses graduated, 94% went on to postsecondary education, the workforce, military, or an apprenticeship
  • In 2018, 71% of post-secondary students in CTE capstone courses earned an industry-recognized credential, certificate, or degree and 95% went on to the workforce, the military, or an apprenticeship 

Post-Secondary Career Technical Schools in Idaho

North Idaho College (Coeur D’Alene)

1000 W Garden Ave, Coeur d’Alene
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208 769-7784
Lewis-Clark State College (Lewiston)

500 8th Ave, Lewiston
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208 792-2225
College of Western Idaho (Nampa)

5725 E Franklin Road, Nampa
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208 562-3000
College of Southern Idaho (Twin Falls)

315 Falls Ave, Twin Falls
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208 733-9554
Idaho State University (Pocatello)

921 South 8th Ave, Pocatello
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208 282-3906
College of Eastern Idaho (Idaho Falls)

1600 S 25th E, Idaho Falls
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208 535-5345

Idaho Advanced Opportunities

Allows students in grades 7 – 12 to apply state funding toward CTE classes or workforce training programs which can include registered apprenticeships, dual-credit courses, technical competency credits, and more. Students participating in Advanced Opportunities can also take more academic courses and exams to move them further ahead in their pursuit of a college degree towards a manufacturing career. 

Skills Required for Manufacturing 

In addition to the formal and technical education and training needed to pursue a career in manufacturing, individuals need to display soft skills and workplace skills appropriate for the job and company. There is no set standard for these traits across the industry, but generally, workers should be able to communicate effectively, operate well with a team, be dependable and accountable, and have an ability to problem solve or think critically.