From the Executive Directors Desk:Daytona State College’s Statewide Articulation for ASET to to BSET

FLATE’s mission includes providing meaningful career and educational pathways for the advanced manufacturing industry sectors. This includes the entire spectrum from introducing young children to “making” to post baccalaureate STEM degrees, with our sweet spot the middle of the spectrum where we find high school students, post-secondary students in 2-year technical programs and/or technical institutions.  As educators, we know the value of education for both personal and professional growth and always encourage students to consider continuing their education to support that growth.  Obviously, it becomes easier to do this when we have smooth pathways that optimizes both their education and their experiences.

To this end, we developed credentialed-based articulations to the A.S. Engineering Technology (A.S.E.T.) to give full credit for a number of credentials thereby accelerating the time completion.  This pathway model has been adopted in many disciplines and at many college across the nation.  Now in 2017 I am excited to share the work done at Daytona State College (DSC) to establish a statewide articulation for all A.S.E.T. graduate in any of the 10 specializations at over 20 state and community colleges to the B.S. Engineering Technology (B.S.E.T.) that will go into effect early in 2018. This sounds like a “no-brainer” because there are many smooth “2+2” Associate of Arts (A.A.) to Bachelors of Arts or Science (B.A. or B.S.) degree.  However, technical degrees for which the main focus is prepare students to enter specific technical jobs upon completion not necessarily to continue to a bachelor’s degree.  Additionally, there are critical criteria that must be met for baccalaureate degrees that are set by institutional accrediting agencies, state governing boards, and discipline-specific accrediting organizations (in the case for Engineering and Engineering Technology, that organization is ABET ( These degree attributes are not inherent with in our community of 20+ state and community colleges offering various combinations of A.S.E.T. specializations using over one hundred academic courses. Defining an agreement that would accommodate all variations truly represents a work of both art and engineering.

The A.S.E.T. is a 60-credit hour degree with 15 hours of general education and 18 hours of introductory level technical courses and 27 hours of more advanced technical course.  The B.S.E.T. will require a total of 128 hours, including all 60 earned in the A.S.E.T.  To make this possible the degree allows courses taken within the ASET to be used to fulfill General Education and lower level technical requirements of the BSET degree. Also many ASET degrees have flexibility to allow students to meet specific lower level requirements of the BSET degree such as Math and Science. With good advising students that have the long term goal of pursuing a Bachelor’s degree can do so without requiring excess hours or classes.

An additional challenge, and perhaps magic for (for those of us who live in education domain is the fact that the B.S.E.T. at DSC can be taken remotely with online and hybrid courses.  The hybrid courses have four options for completing the hands-on lab exercises: 1) Complete the exercises at Daytona State in the college labs; 2) Purchase a lab kit for the course sold through the Daytona State bookstore; 3) arrange to do the lab portions at the local A.S.E.T. degree-offering state or community colleges; or 4) arrange to complete the lab activities at a workplace with a designated proctor.   This generates many degrees of freedom for students but all of these options support efficient pathways to the B.S.E.T. degree.

Although several A.S.E.T. programs in Florida already have defined specific articulation agreements with the B.S.E.T., the new statewide agreement will allow all students who have earned their A.S.E.T. degree in Florida to continue their ET education seamlessly at DSC.  The B.S.E.T. is ABET accredited, which allows students to pursue continued education in graduate programs and professional licensure.

Interested in the B.S.E.T. degree, please contact Dr. Ron Eaglin at Daytona State College (  If you want to learn more about the A.S.E.T., contact Dr. Marilyn Barger, Executive Director FLATE ( or visit our ET Degree colleges webpage on


Creating Florida's Advanced Manufacturing Workforce

Florida’s manufacturing employment has grown steadily over the last 78 months after a rapid decline in the 4 years prior.[1] In June 2017, employment numbers returned to the 2009 level with a total 365,900 jobs throughout the state.  This current total employment represents an increase of 10,900 jobs since January 2016.[2]  These jobs are spread across 20,584 manufacturing establishments, also increasing steadily over the past several years.[3] This bodes well for the State’s manufacturing economy in that Florida has largely outpaced the rest of the nation in manufacturing job creation.  However, one key challenge is the fact that in Florida, 80% of all manufacturing firms employ less than 20 people and over 99% are classified as small businesses.  Coupled with this challenge is the reality of the 21st century: 
  • Baby boomers are leaving the technical workforce taking their valuable experience and skills with them.
  • Technology is changing pace exponentially and at no other time has technical innovation moved so quickly into the manufacturing sector.
  • High skilled related manufacturing is moving back to the U.S. creating an even bigger demand on the manufacturer workforce needs.[4]

Two national supported and 100% Florida focused organizations, FLATE by the National Science Foundation and FloridaMakes by the Department of Commerce, are collectively addressing this challenge.

FLATE is now using NSF awarded transition funds to shift its core mission functions into other Florida organizations, such as FloridaMakes.  It is anticipated that: the expertise resident within FLATE can continue to play a critical role at the Florida College System and within Florida’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) community; and that FLATE in its new FloridaMakes supported environment will continue to promote and support specific NSF grant project proposals identified through and with FloridaMakes and its Florida College System partners.  Those project topics focus on manufacturing workforce development and include:

            (i)  A.S. Degree technicians Education
                        Industry Recognized Credentials
                        Recognized Apprenticeship Programs           

            (ii)  Manufacturing Academy Program Promotion
            (iii)  A.S. Degree and CTE Faculty and Program Support
            (iv)  Faculty Subject Matter Expert Network available to industry
                    for focused manufacturing training

[1] Florida Manufacturing Employment, Seasonally Adjusted, Fl Department of Economic Opportunity, June 2017
[2] U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics Program, July 21, 2017
[3] Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics, Quarterly Census of Wages and Employment Program. The most recent data available are for 2016 Q3.
[4] Using Competency Models to Drive Competitiveness and Combat the Manufacturing Skills Gap, Society of Manufacturing Engineers/Tooling U, Cleveland, OH

The goals for both FloridaMakes and FLATE center on creating a world class manufacturing environment in Florida with a collective effort to accelerate manufacturers’ access to talent development infrastructure and dramatically increase the use of On-Line Skills Training.  Specific objectives of this joint effort will be explored in future FLATE Focus editions.

2017 ET Forum, Ocala Fl., College of Central Florida


The 39th state-wide Forum on Engineering Technology (ET Forum) held on September 21st and 22nd was hosted by the College of Central Florida in Ocala. Despite hurricane Irma, the forum was well attended with 33 participants and 13 FL colleges. The Forum provided ET and related discipline area faculty administrators and educators direct interaction with industry professionals, Florida Dept. of Education program supervisors to address the issues concerning our field of technical education.

The Florida Engineering Technology Leadership Council and the Engineering Technology Forum was established in April 1997 at Seminole Community College (now Seminole State College). Since 1996 the ET Forum has been hosted in 21 Colleges around Florida.

The membership includes the department heads and the leaders of the technology programs in the State of Florida. The Forum is a viable means for industry and educators across the state to meet regularly to discuss issues of the educating of tomorrow’s advanced manufacturing workforce. The Forum is building capacity in faculty across the state and securing a community of practice around manufacturing and technology education in Florida.

This year theme of this Forum was Advancing Engineering Technology and included some of new projects and updates. Thursday sessions included opportunities for collaboration with a great vendors’ panel discussion, presentation concerning a new specialization related to additive manufacturing, articulation AS to BSET update, a special tour of the College of Central Florida ET facilities and FANUC Robotics Center, the ET credentialing related to the Lumina Foundation, PathTech LIFE updates, update by the FLDOE and the partnership with FloridaMakes. On Friday morning, the Systems Integration, the College Issues Forum, and the FLATE advanced technology updates were presented.
Highlights from PathTech LIFE Spring Pilot Student Survey
A National Survey of LIFE (Learning, Interests, Family, and Employment) Experiences Influencing Pathways into Advanced Technologies. Each student who participates will receive $25 Amazon gift cards for completing the 15 minute survey. Participating colleges/programs will receive a stipend for participating ($250 for 70% response rate) and a personalized Findings Report. College-level findings report is now very attainable at only a 50% response rate.
Did you Know…
  • The average age of the 74 respondents was 29
  • 91% of the 74 respondents indicated they were male.
You can participate! Here is how!!
To register please contact Ben Reid ( - External Communications Coordinator.
ET Forum Survey results
A total of 22 attendees responded to the survey the following:
An impressive 100% of attendees who responded to the survey said that they are planning to use the information presented at this workshop and they will use the information they have gained with a colleague or peers.
Special Thank you to the ET Forum sponsors for their generous support!

Adams Air & Hydraulics, Bluegrass Educational Technologies, Jaeger Corporation, Learning Labs, Nida Corporation, Southern Educational Systems
Presentations and material for the 2017 Fall ET forum are available online at
Made in Florida 2017 Fall ET Forum at CF

Florida Gears to Celebrate 2017 Manufacturing Day & Month

Every October Manufacturing takes center stage, as manufacturers in Florida and across the nation converge to celebrate excellence of American manufacturing. This year October 6 marks the official kick off for Manufacturing Day with widespread events scheduled to celebrate manufacturing throughout the month of October. Manufacturing Day/Month has taken a prominent role in Florida as the state has held #1 status for hosting the highest number of industry tours for students and manufacturing day events. Counties and cities across Florida have issued proclamations marking October as MFG Month. Regional manufacturers associations, schools districts, regional associations and manufacturers across Florida have once again partnered to make MFG Day a grand success. Thousands of students and educators from schools across Florida are set to participate in industry tours geared to showcase products that are “Made in Florida” as well as get an up-close look at high-skilled, high-wage careers in Florida.

Outlined below is a snapshot of some regional tours and events. A full listing of events, including survey data from MFG Day/Month will be highlighted in the winter edition of the FLATE Focus. So stay tuned!



Industry Tours

Contact Information
Hillsborough County
Southern Manufacturing Technologies, Pro-Tools, EMS USA, SignStar, Heat Pipe Technology, Sypris Electronics, Mettler Toleda Safeline
Bay Area Manufacturers Association
Upper Tampa Bay Manufacturers Association (UTBMA)
School District of Hillsborough County
Marion County
SPX, Dimension Works, R & L, Winco, FedEx, Townley, Hale, Signature Brands, Artemis Plastics, Admiral Furniture, Closet Maid, American Panel, Winco, Cheney Brothers, USA Scientific, Custom Windows, Cardinal LG
Marion Schools
Marion Regional Manufacturers Association
Northwest Florida  (Escambia, City of Pensacola, Holmes, Washington, Jackson, Calhoun, Liberty County Santa Rosa, Walton, Okaloosa, and Bay Counties)
American Elite Molding (Bay State Cable Ties), Ascend, GE, Gulf Power, Eastman, Ft Walton Machining, MERRICK, Manown, Rex Lumber (Bristol, Graceville), ExxonMobil, CEREX, Maritech, West Point, Certified Manufacturing, Gelato, DRS, Strand Core, Ian-Conrad Bergan, Custom Production, Enviva, Xtreme Boats, Oren, Cape Horn, Precision Metal, Hitachi, Pegasus Laboratories, Avalex, Artistic StoneWorks, L3, GCSC, PSC, Chipola, NWFSC
Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council
Pasco & Hernando Counties
Amskills, Bay-Tech Industries, Pharmaworks, Oldcastle Coastal, Clark Dietrich, Nestle Waters, Manitowac Food, Pall Aeropower Corp, Welbilt, Leggett & Platt, TRU Simulation & Training, Inc., Facts Engineering, GETS USA, Arete, Big Storm Brewing
Alumi-Guard, West Coast Classic, Cemex, Accuform, Amskills, Qorvo, ICTC, Intrepid, Sparton, American Aviation, Monster Transmission & Performance
Florida TRADE at Pasco Hernando State College
Pinellas County
Mastercut Tools, BELAC, AMETEK, Conmed, H&S Swansons, Valpak, Mill-Rite Wood Working, Monin
Bay Area Manufacturers Association
Upper Tampa Bay Manufacturers Association
Pinellas Schools
Polk County
Saddle Creek Logistics, Key Safety Inc., Pepperidge Farm, Publix Dairy, Florida’s Natural Growers, Kegel, Inc., ITW Professional, JC Machine, Inc., Coca-Cola, MaxPak, Sofidel America, Givaudan Flavors Corp., PCA-Packaging Corp. of America, Mid-State Machine & Fabricating Corp.
Career Pathways at Polk State College
Sarasota-Manatee Counties
Adams Group, Harn R/O Systems, KHS USA, Super Sensitive Musical Strings, Mullet’s Aluminum Products, PGT, Sun Hydraulics
RND Automation, Vee Three, Intertape Polymer Group, Teakdecking, Sun Graphics
Sarasota County Schools Career & Technical Education
Manatee County Schools
South Florida
Hoerbiger Corporation
Atlantic Technical Center
Atlantic Technical Center
Following up on the successful model that FLATE established over the years, this year Regional Manufacturers Associations (RMAs) and Regional MFG Day Coordinators across Florida will be taking the lead in surveying statewide industry hosts, educators and students who participate in this year’s industry tours. Student, industry, educator and parent survey are available for download on the FLATE Wiki with an option to complete the surveys online as well. Post event surveys will be tabulated by RMAs in partnership with FLATE and shared with statewide partners and stakeholders.

To support students’ and educators’ learning and engagement in manufacturing, FLATE has also developed an extensive array of resources specifically designed for industry, educators, or anyone interested in MFG Day/Month. A list of these comprehensive (free) resources are listed on the Florida MFG Day/Month page at There is even a 2017 MFG Day poster that teachers can use as a curriculum tool and/or to decorate their classroom. To access these resources, visit the FLATE’s Wiki at: and

In addition to the Made in Florida industry tours, Florida Governor, Rick Scott issued a statewide proclamation recognizing October 2017 with several counties and cities across Florida issuing proclamations to mark October as MFG Month. Here in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, some of the local events planned in the Tampa Bay area include:


October 5:      Florida Suncoast Manufacturers Association Awards

October 6:      Manufacturing Day / Students’ Tours

October 7:      3rd annual Manufacturing 5K Run Walk Paddle for Education

October 19:    Made in Tampa Bay Expo

October 24:    Manufacturing Job Fair


For a full listing of 2017 Florida’s Manufacturing Day news and events, visit the Florida Manufacturing Day page at, or contact your local Regional Manufacturers Association. Many of Florida’s events are also listed on the national MFG Day website here; you can also visit the Manufacturing Day in Florida website at Manufacturers and others will be sharing news about manufacturing month using the hashtags #MFGDay17 and #FLMfgMonth17. For information on other national manufacturing day events and tours visit, or contact Dr. Marilyn Barger at

Influential Women to celebrate during Manufacturing Month

October has been designated as Manufacturing Month.  We celebrate it all month but on the first Friday of the month we get to introduce middle and high school students to the manufacturing industry.  Since the start of manufacturing day/month in 2012, colleges especially the community colleges have seen an increase in admissions especially with the female students.  The following 5 women are historical influential women in manufacturing and serve as great role models.

Margaret Knight ( was born in 1938 in York Maine.  After her father died, she and her family moved to Manchester, Maine where she went to school but left to work in a cotton mill.  While she was working there she witnessed an accident at the mill.  Two weeks after the accident she had invented a safety device that was adopted by Manchester Mills.  This safety devise was never patented.  In 1867 she moved to Springfield, Massachusetts and worked for Columbia Paper Bag Company.  In 1868 she invented the machine that folded and glued paper to create the paper bag.  She received her patent in 1871 and with a Massachusetts business partner she established the Eastern Paper Bag Company.  She is recognized as being one of the first women awarded a U.S. Patent and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

“Rosie the Riveter”, ( an icon during World War II that empowered women in the manufacturing industry.  During WWII, women replaced men who joined the military in factories and shipyards.  With women working in these positions that were so different than running their households, it gave them a new found purpose and started advances towards equal rights.  This was also the turning point where it wasn’t just men that could use a drill, lathe or riveter.  With women stepping up and working in a man’s position during the war, women realized they can do the job just like a man.

Stephanie Kwolek ( was born to Polish immigrant parents in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  She spent a lot of her time with her father exploring the natural world.  She got her interest in science from her father and interest in fashion from her mother.   She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry from Margaret Morrison Carnegie College in Carnegie Mellon University.  With a plan to become a doctor so she decided to get a temporary job to save money for school.  She was offered a position at the DuPont facility in Buffalo NY.  She enjoyed she job so much that she stayed.  In 1964, she and her team invented Kevlar which was stronger than nylon. 

Madam C.J. Walker ( was an African American woman.  While growing up she suffered from severe dandruff and scalp aliments from different harsh soaps and lye that was used in that era.  She learned about hair care from her bother who was a barber and took that and created her own product line.  In 1906 she marketed herself as an independent hairdresser and retailer of cosmetic creams.  In 1910 she established the headquarters for the Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. Later she would build a factory, hair salon and a beauty school to train sales agents.  She would also add a laboratory to help with research.

Ella Mae Wiggins ( was a single mother of 5 living in Gaston County NC.  She worked as a spinner in America Mill.  She later became a bookkeeper for the union.  In the 1920’s she wrote ballads to support strikers.  She also had traveled to Washington DC to testify about labor practices and also lobbied to have African American to be admitted into the National Transport Workers Union.

With these women and many more throughout the world, it shows that we can do anything we put our mind and heart to.  For more information about Women in manufacturing you can contact Marilyn Barger at or visit and watch FLATE’s Women in Manufacturing video.

Answer to sTEm–at-Word Puzzle #61: Pump Part selection for thick fluid applications

The Puzzle:

A new technician rebuilds positive displacement pumps for a customer that uses their pumps to transport viscous fluids. The Tech knows this customer always uses their pumps to move a fluid that gets thinner when the pump applies more pressure on that moving fluid. This puzzle can trigger discussions at multiple levels: the simple recognition that curve (a) and (c) are not linear and have, respectively, positive and negative slope values from the green dot on; visual approximations of slope magnitudes; an introduction to viscosity, shear, and shear rate;. With all three curves on one graph, the properties and uses of both dilatant and psuedoplastic fluids can be introduced. The most intense lesson would include Newton's law for Viscosity and the fully developed velocity profiles for flow of all three types of fluid that could entering a long pipe. The puzzle complements and reinforces the lessons from puzzle # 60.


Does the Technician selected Repair Kit Pump #450?


Answer : NO

ARMI On the Move

The Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI),,held its grand opening at its headquarters in Manchester, NH last month. This nonprofit organization will sustain a Manufacturing USA Institute, the Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ATB-MII). As a public-private supported institute, ATB-MII will use its Department of Defense (DoD) resources to support state-of-the-art manufacturing capability that strengthens DoD defense essential mission.      

ATB-MII will bring together a proactive collation of research institutions, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, federal, and state agencies to accelerate innovation relative to the Tissue Biofabrication Ecosystem to develop technologies, protocols, and procedures that result in biofabrication full scale manufacturing operations. This effort will provide support to help bridge the gap between basic/early research and product development by advancing and scaling critical technologies in the manufacturing readiness level (MRL) between the 4 to 7 range. As indicated by Dean K. Kamen, founder of ARMI: ARMI will make practical the large-scale manufacturing of engineered tissues and tissue related technologies, to benefit existing industries and grow new ones; and ATB MII's website states: The ATB-MII will provide shared assets to help entities – particularly small manufacturers – access cutting-edge capabilities and equipment, creating an unparalleled environment to educate and train students and workers in Advanced Tissue Biofabrication skills.

The cell phone photo shown above and snapped during Dean Kamen's presentation at ARMI's inaugural,, event captures ATB-MII's overall intent.  The presentation side's title ("ARMI Has Solid Backing to Turn a Fragmented Field Into a Robust Industry") focused the audience of ATB-MII partners to a large extent on the impressive group of research universities that will tackle the bioscience, bioengineering, and manufacturing issues involved in completing ATB MII's goals. However, the triad of logos as arranged in the slide's lower right corner also highlights ATB-MII’s intent: "to create an unparalleled environment to educate and train students and workers in Advanced Tissue Biofabrication skills."

As long-time FLATE supporters and FLATE Focus readers, we hope that you noticed our logo on Dean Kamen's slide as soon as you saw the photo of his partner display slide!! However, for Florida's role in developing technicians and skilled operators to support bio-related manufacturing in our state, it is the MEP, FloridaMakes, FLATE cluster that is important. What curriculum content and/or course of study should be installed in the Florida College System A.S. degree programs to produce the new technicians with the knowledge and skillset Florida manufacturers will need?  What training programs and content should be created that can be delivered directly to the current technician and operator workforce that supports this Florida manufacturing sector?  How will what Florida learns about developing this ATB-MII supportive workforce be interconnected with bio-manufacturer's across the country? 

These are three important questions with answers yet to come but NIST's Manufacturing Extension Partnership, FloridaMakes, and FLATE are federal and state agencies in Florida that will ultimately provide the answer to those questions. As a first step, FLATE and FloridaMakes are developing a joint operational strategy which will produce an effective mechanism to efficiently meet the high-tech manufacturing workforce Florida needs from both the new student and current workforce talent pool.  "Stay tuned" to future FLATE Focus issues for exciting developments and details.

Northwest Florida Manufacturing Council (NWFMC) hosted its annual Education Advisory Committee

On Friday August 4, the Northwest Florida Manufacturing Council (NWFMC) hosted its annual Education Advisory Committee for manufacturing programs in middle school, high school and college programs in the 10 counties of  Florida’s great Northwest region. With a mission to develop their own talent pipeline, the membership of NWFMC initiated and continues to support eight middle school and 10 high school manufacturing related programs and academies in 10 counties. The NWFMC also supports the four Engineering Technology Associate of Science (A.S.) degree programs in the region: Chipola College, Gulf Coast State College, Northwest Florida State College and Pensacola State College.  High school students in the manufacturing programs can articulate with credit to any Engineering Technology degree program at these colleges. The University of West Florida (UWF) located in Pensacola, is also an important partner, supporting all the educational initiatives of the Council including training for the current manufacturing workforce. 
To put money where its mouth is, the Manufacturing Council has acquired funding to support the development of the new programs, purchase needed equipment, recruit students, provide educator professional development and training, offer scholarships, and support MFG DAY tours for students in these program every October.  For example, educators from across the panhandle attended training at Northwest Florida State College supported by NWFMC earlier in the week before the August 4th meeting.  To help market the programs to the community, students, parents, and industry,  NWFMC developed individual county-focused career pathway handouts available to download from their website ( The documents promote the manufacturing educational pathways as well as the great high-wage, high-tech manufacturing careers available in their regions.
The advisory committee meeting helps educators learn what the manufacturing industries in their area need with respect to workforce, what the council and regional workforce agencies report on hiring in the industry, and also get to share what they need.  These regional Council Advisory meetings can also fill the requirement of the school programs to have an Industry Advisory Committee meeting each semester.  Al Jenkins, new Engineering Technology faculty at Gulf Coast State College said that these regional meetings were extremely valuable.  He not only learns how the education system in Florida “works,” but hears directly from industry what their needs are.  “Its important to hear directly from those companies who hire our students about the skills they need as well as new technologies they are implementing” Jenkins said. He also mentioned that educators worked together to better understand what the pathway options are for their students, and how they might share equipment, expertise and experiences.  Steve Harrell, CTE director in Pensacola schools, commented that it was important for him and his manufacturing teachers to participate in these meetings, network with their colleagues, and listen to industry partners.
Dr. Barger, Executive Director of FLATE (Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence) shared a number of resources with the attendees including DVDs of the “Made in Florida” and “Women in Manufacturing” videos and their accompanying teacher guides, classroom posters for MFG DAY and folders with more information about FLATE resources and the statewide manufacturing education pathways.  Dr. Barger also provided a brief overview of  FLATE and its work supporting manufacturing education in our state.

NWFMC student recruiting video

U.S. 2012 Economic Census: Manufacturing

The US Census Bureau has compiled information from the manufacturing industry and created a manufacturing data wheel.  This contains data for all sectors and includes total value of shipments and receipts, costs of material, number of establishments, production workers annual wage and hourly wage and a total number of production workers.  The data wheel contains a high level of data for all subsectors, and provides a snapshot of domestic manufacturing as well as specific values for anyone who is interested in a particular subject/sector. 

For example if we look at the wheel and turn to the section for “Computer and electronic product manufacturing,” the total value of shipments and receipts for services is $313,588,636; number of establishments is 13,282; Production workers average for a year is $407,268; production workers average annual wage is $50,395, and production worker hourly wage is $25.65. 

This Manufacturing Data wheel is a great source of information for educator to use during Manufacturing Day on October 6, 2017.  As educators start to speak to their classes about the tours, they can also look over this information to see how this correlates to the manufactures they will be visiting.

For more information on the stats on the data wheel contact Elaine Anderson.  To get a copy of the data wheel contact FLATE at and we can send you a copy.  The data wheel also serves as an excellent point of reference for anyone who is looking for data and/or conducting research on manufacturing   
Here is a link to the Industry Statistics Portal.  This link shows the data for all the sectors, but also shows the data for subsectors.

Below are some graphs from the Department of Commerce showing the percentage of college graduate men and women in the manufacturing industry and Women’s earnings compared to men in the same Industry.


For more information about the U.S. 2012 Economic Census: Manufacturing wheel or to order some,
you can contact Elaine Anderson at

Mechatronics /Automation Education on the move in Florida and Around the Country


The spring and summer of 2017 have been full of “mechatronics” activities for FLATE and our partners not only in Florida, but also across the country.  July was a highlight with a 5-day workshop for high school teachers hosted by Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) which is one of the co-PIs of the CollaborATE, NSF ATE project awarded to the College of Lake County, IL in 2016. This incredible grant project has developed the first stage of a “low-cost” mechatronics trainer (under $1,000) intended for high school manufacturing, mechatronics, automation programs.  The three partner colleges (College of Lake County (CLC), Ann Arundel Community College (AACC) and (FSCJ) are implementing associate degree programs in mechatronics, by enhancing and updating existing electrical, mechanical and/or electromechanical programs to include the now ubiquitous communication systems that have become integral to all automated systems.

In addition to upgrading the degree programs at the three colleges, the project PI’s are working with their local high schools to develop articulated pathways and/or duel enrollment programs.  To support the high school programs involved (3-5 per college), the grant team will complete the development of the high school mechatronic trainers in three stages. Each summer during the grant, the partner high school teachers are traveling to FSCJ for an the intensive 5-day workshop taught by Tim Callahan, mechatronics instructor at AACC.  This summer the workshop focused on wiring and programing programmable logic controllers (PLCs).  The next two years will have the same high school teacher return to continue the training adding more complicated subsystems that include motors, mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic components.

The 11 high school attendees rated the “Southern Working Connections” as excellent and could not wait to get access to the first stage of the trainer that they worked with this summer. The trainers will be loaned to the teachers from grant colleges so teachers can continue to work with them during the coming school year and use them with their students. All of this year’s participants are expected to return the next two summers to continue to learn more advanced applications.  Margie Porter, CLC CollaborATE PI, was very excited about how very engaged the teachers were in their work and how excited the teachers were to have focused time with hands-on learning in mechatronics. She says “they are hungry to learn and eager to have access to equipment.  We are hopeful that this intensive strategy will help build enrollment in both high school and college programs.” FLATE participated in the workshop, mentoring the teachers in their work and making lunchtime presentation on various resources, recruiting females, and industry credentials. For more information about the Mechatronics Community in Florida, contact Dr. Barger (


The week before the Mechatronics Southern (SWC) Working Connection in Jacksonville, FLATE hosted half-day Mechatronics workshop at the HI-TEC Conference in Salt Lake City. Partnering with Dan Horine from Virginia Western Community College and the NSF ATE PACE-ME grant and Doug Laven from the South Central College (MN) and the NSF ATE iMEC grant project to present the workshop.  These two experienced mechatronics educators led the eighteen attendees through wiring, troubleshooting, programing basic commands to solve fundamental problems. Wiring the hardware allowed participants to trace the communication flow through the system.

The growing need for mechatronics and automation technicians across the country and in an array of industry sectors including manufacturing, supply chain, energy, utilities, aviation and aerospace, chemical processing, continues to attract students into these high skill, high wage careers. This was the third year this team presented a PLC focused mechatronics workshop at HI-TEC. With one, or two persons per trainer, this workshop “turned theory into reality” said one attendee.


FLATE also hosted a panel about Mechatronics Industry credentials.  Over 80 attendees crowded into the breakout session room to hear representatives from Siemens, PMMI and NIMS present the basics of their mechatronics-related credentials, how each are administered, , how schools can get involved, curriculum and costs, and program alignment. The presentations stimulated a large number of questions from the audience and a lively discussion closed the session. Presentations from the speakers are posted at: (select FLATE presentations, 2017).


Also at the HI-TEC conference, FLATE hosted its 5th annual “Mechatronics Moments” reception with about 40 mechatronics-minded attendees.  The casual networking event provides attendees an opportunity to share information about their program in an “open mic” / “karaoke” style session.  This year’s theme was “student projects”. About 15 educators shared a project idea and outcomes. The famous FLATE audience “applausometer” helped determine the best project of the evening.  The winner walked away with a modest gift certificate.


FLATE, the CollaborATE, PACE-ME and iMEC projects, Mechatronics program at Gateway Technical College have partnered to support a monthly online gathering /call for mechatronics educators called the Mechatronics Community Exchange” (MCE).  The group meets once a month during the academic year on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm.  Monthly session topics are identified by the attendees and have included FabLab integration with mechatronics; student recruitment; industry credentials, various mechatronics components/equipment; laboratory “setup”; student projects, etc. The schedule for this fall is 3-4 pm on Fridays: September 29th, October 27th, and December 8th.  Contact Dr. Barger at if you are interested in joining this conversation or visit the MCE Website.

FLATE recently partnered with Quanser (, supplier of mechatronics and engineering education laboratory and research equipment, to add 2-year mechatronics program information to their new online Mechatronics Education Forum. Educators can join the forum to find and post mechatronics events, programs of study, projects, and discussions about issues related to mechatronics education.  Special sections for the 2-year programs will be available on the forum later this fall.