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The Florida TRADE Consortium is a group of 12 state and community colleges located throughout he state of Florida. In September of 2012, the Consortium was awarded a $15 million dollar US Department of Labor TAACCCT grant to develop and deliver accelerated technical training programs that would lead to entry level jobs in manufacturing.

The program targets displaced workers who have lost their jobs due to foreign trade, unemployed workers, incumbent workers looking to upgrade their current skills or learn new skills, students and returning veterans who are looking to transition back into the workforce.

The Florida TRADE program is designed to deliver accelerated training that can be completed in 3-6 months (depending on the program) and that lead to internships and jobs in manufacturing.

As participants complete various components of the program, they will be provided with the skills and opportunities to achieve nationally recognized industry certifications that will also transfer into free college credits toward an Associate of Science degree.

Please contact the TCC – Advanced Manufacturing Training Center at (850) 201-9720 or e-mail for more information.

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 Course Description

The Advanced Manufacturing programs and courses listed prepare you for attaining an industry credential, which make you highly competitive for jobs in the manufacturing career field:
CNC Machine Operator:  Learn the safe and precise operation of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) lathe and mill.  This program prepares you for the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) CNC Lathe Operator and CNC Mill Operator credential assessments.  At the completion of this program and attaining the industry credential, you will be highly competitive for jobs requiring CNC machine operators or in associated manufacturing, assembly or machine maintenance areas.  120 contact hours.   
Surface Mount Technology (SMT):  Learn the skills for printed circuit board (PCB) surface mount production and the key elements of SMT activities in a manufacturing environment.  Successful progress in this course will award you an IPC J-Standard Solder and Surface Mount module certification.  At the completion of this course you will be highly competitive for a position as a solder technician or an electronic assembler.  48 contact hours.
Certified Production Technician (CPT):  Gain the technical knowledge set applicable to entry-level through front-line supervisor jobs in the manufacturing industry.  This course prepares you for the four assessments required by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC): Production & Processes, Maintenance Awareness, Quality Assurance and Safety Awareness.  Successful completion of the CPT credential will articulate up to 15 semester credit hours for Engineering Technology programs. After successfully attaining the credential, you will be highly competitive for jobs in manufacturing and assembly in a broad range of products and sectors. 80 contact hours.
Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA):  Learn the three major elements from the America Society for Quality (ASQ) quality improvement and decision making process: Quality Basics, Teams and Continuous Improvement. You will learn to project an employer’s quality focused image while performing routine job activities. This credential is ideal for existing workers who serve as front line employees that interact directly with customers, such as customer service representatives and administrative assistants. 36 contact hours. Bronze Level Lean:  Acquire the body of knowledge for Lean Principles as developed by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Continuous process improvement practices and developing a consistent lean culture are two of the key areas studied. This course prepares you to sit for the Bronze Level Lean body of knowledge certification exam. At the completion of this course and attaining the knowledge certificate you will be prepared for positions involving continuous improvement and eliminating waste in a process-driven operation. 36 contact hours.
Introduction to Electronic Technology:   Gain an overview of electronics and principles upon which modern electronic devices (passive and active) operate, including electricity and magnetism, and electronic circuits.  Successful completion of this course will prepare you for the Direct Current (DC) and Alternating Current (AC) individual exams from the International Society for Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET)-Electronics Systems Associate program.  Attaining the individual certificates will assist you in being highly competitive for jobs in electronic assembly and associated manufacturing, and equipment maintenance areas.  44 contact hours.
Applied Welding Technology: Achieve the skills to enter employment in the welding industry or continue your education.   Learn shielded metal arc, gas metal arc, flux cored and gas tungsten arc welding. The program curriculum from National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) also correlates to the American Welding Society (AWS) standards and guidelines for a Certified Welder.  The successful completion of the program and assessments can provide a student an OSHA 10 hour 1926 Safety card, NCCER Core, NCCER Welding and AWS Certified Welder credentials.  At the completion of this program and attaining the industry credential, you will be highly competitive for a stick rod welder, heli-arc welder or mig welder position in the construction and manufacturing sectors.  This course does qualify for federal financial aid.  5-semester, 1170 contact hours.

 Career Pathways and Credentials

Contact Information

For more information contact the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center by phone (850) 201-9720, fax (850) 201-9716 or e-mail

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