Module 1: What is Manufacturing? – Lesson 4: Manufacturing Sub Industries

After students understand and explore manufacturing as a career, they should then explore the sub-industries of manufacturing.  The teacher can show the various companies that make up manufacturing sub-industries (Slides 8-11).  The sub-industry can be identified or the teacher can have the students do a web search to explore and find what sub-industries each of the companies involve.

Here are the sub-industries that the students should be familiar with and the corresponding companies: (slides 12-13)

  • Chemicals (P&G)
  • Computers & Electronics
  • Electrical Equipment & Appliances (Whirlpool)
  • Food & Beverage (Rudolph, Hirzel Canning)
  • Furniture (Sauder Farms)
  • Machinery (Krendl, Ford, Gasdorf, Minster)
  • Nonmetallic Minerals (National Lime & Stone)
  • Petroleum & Coal Products (Husky Refinery)
  • Plastic & Rubber Production (Ametek, U.S.)
  • Primary & Fabricated Metal (Superior Forge)
  • Printing (Lima News)
  • Textile, Apparel & Leather (Wilson Football)
  • Transportation (GM, Honda, Ford, Dana, CAPT)
  • Wood & Paper (International Paper)

This information is on pages 26-31 in textbook.

Student Activity:  Jigsaw Activity

Students can be divided into groups of 2 or 3 and each group is assigned 2-3 sub-industries to research and learn about.   Each group researches what their assigned sub-industries involves and how it relates to manufacturing in general.  Each group will then present the information about their sub-industries to the class and all students take notes.

Student Assignment – Sub-industry Company Search

Choose 3 of the companies that were shared in the sub-industry presentations that you might be interested in learning more about and possibly working at someday.  Do a web search for each company’s website and collect the following information:

  • Company’s sub-industry
  • Company’s mission
  • Three primary products of the company
  • The company’s head of human resources (HR).
  • Positions or careers the company employs.