Intertech Job Shadow
MLK Early College students learn about advanced manufacturing during a job shadow at Intertech Plastics.


MakerConnect introduces students to the world of advanced manufacturing, construction, and the skilled trades that lead to a variety of high-opportunity college and career options. Students in MakerConnect study a variety of hands-on subjects, including welding, auto mechanics, construction and computer-aided design (CAD). Students also develop effective communication, problem-solving and leadership skills.  They may also have the opportunity to receive college credit and industry certifications such as NIMS, OSHA 10-hour and SolidWorks (CWSA).

Available at

CEC Middle College
Martin Luther King Jr. Early College
PUSH Academy
East High School
Abraham Lincoln High School
John F. Kennedy High School

Possible Courses Include

Intro to Digital Fabrication
A basic introduction to manufacturing.  Includes machine safety and introductions to machine control systems, welding, blueprint reading, electricity, technical math and computer-aided design (CAD).  .

CAD Drafting Technology
Students develop a comprehensive understanding of the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) platform while incorporating fundamental knowledge of the field of Architecture. Using workstation application, online research, as-built measurement and verification, “hard-hat” site visits, textbook study, etc. students experience career fields of architecture, engineering, construction, and prepare for post-secondary study.  

Construction Trades
This course explores the expanding array of careers within the construction industry. Students will be exposed to the construction industry through job site tours, hands-on experience, and classroom activities. Math and science application will be established through the academic integration of jobsite technical skills and classroom theory. More specifically, students will learn and practice job site safety; read and interpret text and drawings in order to construct projects; learn to operate and maintain tools, both hand and power; and learn the components of building systems and how they function.
Welding Technology is for students who wish to learn and explore the field of metalwork. Areas may include but are not limited to designing, drawing, fabrication of sheet metal and bench metal, machining, welding and metal finishing.

*Class availability varies by school.

Explore a Career in Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing is one of the fastest-growing industries in Denver.  Examples of career opportunities include:

Occupation Education Level On-the-Job Training Median Annual Earnings
Electrician HS Diploma Apprenticeship $46,000
Machinist HS Diploma Long-Term $44,000
Electro-Mechanical Technician Associate’s Degree None $61,300
Mechanical Drafter Associate’s Degree None $56,750
Aerospace Engineer Bachelor’s Degree None $116,800
Materials Engineer Bachelor’s Degree None $98,000

View more Advanced Manufacturing opportunities here.  

Industry information courtesy of the Denver Office of Economic Development.

Sample Plans of Study

Click on the links below to see what classes you should take in high school to prepare you for a career in advanced manufacturing and the skilled trades:

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