The FloridaMakes Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Update

The FloridaMakes Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship was approved by the FLDOE Office of Apprenticeship.  This one year apprenticeship was designed to be competency-based, flexible, and serve most manufacturing sectors. It is aligned to the SOC 17-3029.09 which supports the Industrial Manufacturing Technician occupation. FloridaMakes is currently developing its marketing materials for a rollout, but here is a preview of how the Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship will work.

There are 2 parts to this apprenticeship: (1) Supervised work in the manufacturer’s facility and (2) related instruction.  The related instruction is defined by the MSSC (Manufacturing Skills Standards Council) CPT (Certified Production Technician) skill set, which covers the fundamentals of safety, quality, manufacturing processes, and maintenance. The related instruction will be done using the MSSC online training course, which can be accessed by the apprentices on their own time and at their own pace. Although there will be no assigned instructor for this related instruction, there will be technical support for the apprentices from the team at MSSC. Companies will hire the apprentices and pay them a designated wage along with covering the cost of the online related instruction. At the manufacturing facility, one experienced, skilled employee will be able to oversee and mentor one or two apprentices. FloridaMakes is serving as the Advanced Manufacturing apprenticeship sponsoring organization and will manage all the registration paperwork, maintain the records and provide marketing materials.

Apprentices in this program will be eligible to take the MSSC assessments and earn the CPT credential. Those who get the CPT credential can articulate that certification for the credit in the A.S. Engineering Technology degree offered at 23 of Florida’s community colleges.  This statewide articulation awards 15 credits toward the degree.  You can learn more about the FloridaMakes Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship at the FloridaMakes website or by contacting Tina Berger.  You can find out more about Florida’s Engineering Technology A.S. degree, by contacting Dr. Barger (

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