Career Exploration Program

The Center of Applied Technology North (CAT-North) Career Exploration program provides students with an opportunity to experience four career programs offered at CATN during the course of one semester. In addition, students will participate in Career Advisory mini programs in which they will be introduced to all 23 programs offered at CAT-North. Although this course is not required for acceptance into a Level One Magnet program, it allows students to explore possible career interests. Students can earn .5 of an elective credit while completing one semester of Career Exploration.

Arts, Media, & Communication

Graphic Design

Students will be introduced to layout and design concepts used in the field of graphic design and web page design. Students have the opportunity to work on iMac computers using state of the art graphic design software and applications. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES exist as graphic artist, desktop publisher, logo or ad designer, and web page designer.

Printing Technologies

Students will have the opportunity to work on iMac computers to learn basics of the printing process including:  digital printing, digital file management, production planning, running a print press and performing simple binding and finishing options.  CAREER OPPORTUNITIES include:  pressman or bindery operator, prepress technician, package designer and production planning and customer service.

Construction & Development


Students will learn about basic skills needed in building construction, remodeling, maintenance, and repair. Students will have the opportunity to complete small woodworking projects. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES may include rough, finish, or maintenance carpenter, building inspector, project superintendent, and independent contractor.

Integrated Design/CAD

Students will learn about basic drafting techniques and architectural drawing and design. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES exist as drafter, engineering technician, mechanical engineer, industrial designer, architect, and construction superintendent.


Students will learn about electrical safety skills, reading blueprints and wiring diagrams, and about methods used in electrical wiring. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES include electrical engineer, line meter installer, cable splicer, wire-person, control expert, distribution panel installer, and independent contractor.

Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Students will be introduced to basic principles of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. They will learn about simple wiring techniques, duct work and sheet metal fabrication. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES are available in heating and air conditioning installation, refrigeration, service, manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, and building maintenance.

Industrial Maintenance

Students will learn a variety of construction skills needed to maintain and improve residential, commercial or industrial property.  CAREER OPPORTUNITIES include maintenance worker, building supervisor and property manager.


Students will have the opportunity to complete small projects using concrete, stone, brick, and block. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES include masonry contractors, bricklayers, mason tenders, landscape design, and project managers.


Students will learn the basic plumbing skills of soldering, brazing, layout and design, and blueprint reading.  CAREER OPPORTUNITIES exist as a plumber, gas fitter, maintenance engineer, steam fitter, sprinkler system mechanic, boiler mechanic, plumbing sales representative, service person, or estimator.


Students will have the opportunity to learn basic welding operations and techniques associated with MIG, TIG, ARC and Gas welding.  CAREER OPPORTUNITIES exist as production welder, machine operator, fabricator, pipeline welder, construction welder, sheet metal mechanic, welding inspector, underwater welder-diver, and weld shop owner.

Consumer Services, Hospitality, & Tourism

Baking & Pastry

Students will learn basic baking skills and decorating techniques and will have the opportunity to use professional culinary equipment CAREER OPPORTUNITIES include cake decorator, baker, caterer, consultant, bakery manager, and pastry chef.


Students will learn basic cosmetology skills related to hair styling, makeup application and nail technology. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES in this field include haircutting specialist, hair color or permanent wave technician, makeup artist, wig technician, skin care specialist, and salon management and ownership.

Culinary Arts

Students will learn about skills used in menu planning and cooking and have the opportunity to use professional culinary equipment. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES include dining room management or supervisor, food service management or supervisor, purchasing agent, proprietor, consultant, host/hostess, dietitian, caterer and sous chef.

Environmental, Agricultural, & Natural Resources

Environmental Resource Management

Students will learn about water resources, soil, forestry, watershed restoration and green technology.  They will conduct quality-testing experiments. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES in the field include fish or forestry technicians, environmental engineers, wildlife managers, park rangers, naturalists, environmental scientists, and landscape workers.

Health & Biosciences

Academy of Health Professionals

Students will learn about a variety of health care professions.  They will also learn basic skills used in the health care field such as taking vital signs, CPR and first aid. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES in the healthcare field include certified nursing assistant, geriatric nursing assistant, medical assistant, registered nurse, physician, pharmacy technician, and radiology technician.

Informational Technology

IT Networking (CISCO)

Students will learn about design, installation, operation and maintenance of computer networking systems.  CAREER OPPORTUNITIES exist in fields such as cyber security expert, cyber forensic analyst, and network security officer.

Manufacturing, Engineering, & Technology

Manufacturing Technology

Students will learn to read basic technical drawings on the computer and to produce small objects using basic hand tools and machines in the shop. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES include Machinist, Maintenance Machinist, Instrument Maker, Inspector, Tool and Die Maker, Shop Supervisor and Engineer.

Transportation Technologies

Automotive Collision Repair/Refinishing

Students will learn about basic automotive body repairs.  They will learn and use basic sanding, welding and painting techniques. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES for students include technician and restorer positions available in garages and dealerships, insurance estimator, auto parts sales, custom detailing, and business ownership.

Automotive Technology

Students will learn about basic repair and maintenance of automotive engines, wheels, and brake systems.  CAREER OPPORTUNITIES include positions as auto repair technicians and specialists, insurance adjuster, automotive design and engineering, and business ownership.

Diesel Power Technology

Students will learn about basic repair and maintenance of a wide variety of diesel powered vehicles and equipment. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES includes position as diesel technicians and specialists, as well as business owner.