Prepare yourself for a career with higher-than-average pay rates, longer job tenures than most, and one of the highest percentage of workers eligible for health benefits. Modern manufacturing presents opportunities for lifelong learning and numerous chances to work with cutting-edge technology.
Discover the pathways that lead to careers in manufacturing.
Explore the types of work in the manufacturing trades.
Learn about the technology and tools used on the job.
Skilled Trades: Manufacturing Careers with Kipp Bradford
Learn how to jump-start a career in the manufacturing trades. Get real-world examples that illustrate what manufacturing jobs look like and how to break into this growing field.
1h 2m • COURSE
Skilled Trades: Resumes and Portfolios with Bridget Quinn
Applying for an apprenticeship program? Learn what goes into a skilled trades portfolio and resume, and how to construct ones that highlight all that you have to offer.
19m 12s • COURSE
Introduction to Mill and Lathe Operation with Steven Marjieh
Explore the fundamentals of mill and lathe machines. Learn about various types of machining methods, the key tools you’ll need, and the actual mechanical operation of the machines.
33m 42s • COURSE
Introduction to Composite Manufacturing with Steven Marjieh
Learn about composite manufacturing, including materials, manufacturing processes, and repair methods.
45m 47s • COURSE
In the Shop: Manufacturing with Gabriel Corbett
Learn about some of the processes in product manufacturing as you explore how key tools and practices work in real-world manufacturing shops.
59m 9s • COURSE
Rapid Prototyping for Product Design with Gabriel Corbett
Bring your product designs into the real world with rapid prototyping. Get a close look at the machinery and the techniques, such as 3D printing, machining, and injection molding.
1h 38m • COURSE
G-Code Programming for CNC Foundations with Gabriel Corbett
Learn the basics of G-code programming. Learn how to cut real-world objects on a CNC machine using G-code routines.
2h 13m • COURSE
Introduction to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing with Kipp Bradford
Learn the basics of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), the system used to communicate tolerances in product design and manufacturing.
43m 5s • COURSE
You'll learn manufacturing skills with these experts.
Kipp Bradford is an engineer working at the boundaries of emerging technology and industries.He has founded several startups in the fields of HVAC+R, transportation, consumer products, and medical devices, and holds numerous patents for his inventions. His background spans biomechanical and electrical engineering, design, entrepreneurship, and thermodynamics. He has designed and manufactured many products, from toys to air conditioners. When he's not making things, Kipp teaches on the faculty at the Yale School of Architecture. Prior to that, he was on the faculty at the MIT Media Lab, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Brown University School of Engineering.
Bridget Quinn is a workforce development coordinator at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center.
Bridget is a graduate of the Inside Wireman apprenticeship program offered through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 48 and the Oregon-Columbia chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). She has worked in the electrical industry since 2000 and holds a general journey-level electrical license.
Bridget has worn a number of different hats besides the typical hard hat while teaching classes and promoting apprenticeships under the umbrella of the apprenticeship community. She has played a significant role in increasing the number of underrepresented people entering the union electrical trade and is an apprenticeship information resource for secondary and post-secondary educators and counselors.
Steven has been a top-level designer in various CAD systems and disciplines for over 20 years. Throughout his career, he's developed skills in reverse engineering, data management, and design for manufacturing. In an effort to share his knowledge with others, he offers consulting services to help fast-track designers in the design and engineering realms.
Gabriel Corbett is an experienced product designer, instructor, and speaker.
Gabriel has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, and has been an active product designer for the past 18 years. He previously owned a prototype-through-production machine shop that built parts for notable organizations like the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Panasonic. By combining solid design experience with real-world skill in building products, Gabriel has the unique ability to design products quickly and effectively. He regularly consults companies on better and more efficient manufacturing and design methods.
Gabriel has worked with many startups and established companies, developing products for the consumer, industrial, and medical markets. He has worked on all aspects of product development, including product design, engineering, marketing, sales, and management.
Gabriel has been a Lynda.com author since 2011, and has developed courses on SOLIDWORKS, Onshape, rapid prototyping, and certification. He runs the Orange County SOLIDWORKS User Group, and has taught SOLIDWORKS and CNC machining at Irvine Valley College. Additionally, he runs his own design engineering company called Tiger Industrial Inc. He has presented at SOLIDWORKS World in Dallas, San Diego, Florida, and Los Angeles.
Gabriel's interests include new ventures, photography, adventure travel, surfing, mountain biking, and stand-up paddleboarding.