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Florida and National Engineering Technology Organizations
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT)
The purpose of the Certified Production Technician (CPTAE) program is to recognize through certification individuals who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of manufacturing production at the front-line (entry-level through front-line supervisor) through successful completion of the certification assessments. The goal of the CPTAE certification program is to raise the level of performance of production workers both to assist the individuals in finding higher-wage jobs and to help employers ensure their workforce increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness.
Professional societies and associations provide an excellent means of keeping current and in touch with other professionals in the field. These groups can play a key role in your development and keep you abreast of what is happening in your field. Associations promote the interests of their members and provide a network of contacts that can help you find jobs and move your career forward. They can offer a variety of services including job referral services, continuing education courses, insurance, travel benefits, periodicals, and meeting and conference opportunities.
Here are some pertaining to the field of Engineering Technology:
Manufacturers Association of Florida
MAF is an advocacy organization that serves to improve the business climate for manufacturers in Florida.
Bay Area Manufacturers Association
BAMA’s primary purpose is to support manufacturers and promote economic development through manufacturing in the Tampa Bay Region. BAMA provides an environment that allows our members an opportunity to reach out into the community. BAMA provides a forum to exchange ideas or share “best practice” information, network with colleagues, learn about manufacturing related topics through our educational programs and tours, and supports Scholarship and STEM programs.
Manufacturers Association of Central Florida
MACF has worked for more than 20 years as a not-for-profit organization to not only elevate the image of Central Florida's manufacturing sector, but also to be a tangible resource to local manufacturers.
Polk Manufacturing Supply Chain and Logistics Association
The leadership of the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Alliance of Mid-Florida, formerly Polk Manufacturing Association (PMA), is working to find ways that we can collaborate and encourage each other to effectively face and overcome the many challenges facing us. We know that manufacturing is a key contributor to the local and national economy, and we also know that we need to work together to ensure our common success.
Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE)
The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence in high-technology manufacturing, is the go-to organization for manufacturing and advanced technical education, best practices and resources supporting the high performance skilled workforce for Florida's manufacturing sectors.
SME (formerly the Society of Manufacturing Engineers)
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for industry. At SME, we are making the future. Together.
Made in Florida
Every day, you enjoy things you may not realize were made in Florida. Behind every product and technology you use, there is a world of manufacturing. Today, in Florida, more than 14,000 different companies and 355,000 people work in the manufacturing field. These employees are making, on average, over $48,000 a year. That’s over $23 per hour! This means not only jobs, but high-wage, high-tech manufacturing careers are being “Made in Florida” by people like you, right now.
ManufacturingTDI (Talent Development Institute)
ManufacturingTDI represents a consortium, a new statewide industry-recognized, certification-based training and education initiative that since 2006 has been working to provide curriculum, training, and certification resources for developing and sustaining Florida's manufacturing production workforce and contributing to the expansion of its diverse manufacturing industries.