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


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.

Boston Sunday Post - 1912
Margaret Knight
( was born in 1838 in York Maine.  After her father died, she and her family moved to Manchester, Maine. When she was 12, she witnessed an accident at the local mill while delivering lunch to her brother.  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 a square-bottom bag - 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.

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.

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