Skilled Trades & Agriculture Pathway

Do you like to work with your hands? Do you enjoy figuring out how things work and fixing problems? There is high demand for all technical trades that involve specialized skills and creative thinking. The Skilled Trades and Agriculture Pathway helps prepare you for these high demand jobs. This pathway includes careers in electrical technology, manufacturing, automotive service, energy systems, agriculture and aviation.

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing is defined as the rapid transfer of science and technology into the manufacture of products using high-level design skills. Technically skilled employees, especially those who are cross-trained for different positions, are in demand.

Agriculture Technology

Today’s farming and food production industries are diverse fields with a variety of career opportunities available. Farmers operate farms that produce crops, livestock and dairy products. Typical tasks include all steps of the crop production process, including planting, fertilizing, harvesting and herding.


Learn to diagnose, maintain and repair vehicles with a career in automotive service technology. Technicians must also be able to read and understand a repair manual, communicate well with customers, and be well-versed in basic computer skills.

Aviation Flight Technology

Take your future to new heights with a career in aviation! Airline and commercial pilots fly and navigate airplanes, helicopters and other aircraft. Airline pilots fly for airlines transporting people on a schedule, while commercial pilots may fly for other reasons, such as charters or rescue operations.


Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical wiring, equipment and fixtures in homes, businesses, industries, external structures and more. They install and maintain the wiring and control equipment through which electricity flows.

Electronic Technology

Electronic technologists are employed in such fields as digital computer maintenance, voice and data communications, radio and television broadcasting, medical electronic instrumentation, high-tech manufacturing, research and development in laboratory settings.

Energy Systems

The utility industry’s energy generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure is commonly called the “largest machine in the world.” Students will gain skills necessary to work competently in various sectors of the industry: energy production, energy transmission and energy distribution.

Occupational Studies

Jackson College offers an Associate in Applied Science in Occupational Studies designed specifically for students who have completed an apprenticeship program and received a certificate of completion from the U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.