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In high school, take as many art and computer classes as
possible in addition to college preparatory classes in English,
social studies, algebra, geometry, and science. Classes in
mechanical drawing may be helpful, but drafting skills are being
replaced by the ability to use computers to create graphics and
manipulate objects. Science classes, such as physics and chemistry,
are also becoming more important as industrial designers select
materials and components for products and need to have a basic
understanding of scientific principles. Shop classes, such as
machine shop, metalworking, and woodworking, are also useful and
provide training in using hand and machine tools.
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