Lara Sharp, Program Director, (727) 398-8256
The purpose of this certificate is to prepare students for initial employment with an occupational title as Engineering Support Specialist or Engineering Specialist in various specialized areas to support engineering design, manufacturing processes and production, testing, and/or maintaining product quality, or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupational areas.
This 18 credit hour certificate has been defined to align with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council's (MSSC) skills standards. MSSC skill standards define the knowledge, skills, and performance needed by today's frontline manufacturing workers. After completing this core and the General Education requirements in the A.S. degree, it is anticipated that students will be prepared to pass the MSSC Production Technician Certification.
These courses are also part of the 60-credit hour Associate in Science Degree in Engineering Technology.
The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)
If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.
If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.
Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.
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The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2011 (445), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.
MAJOR CORE COURSES
This certificate prepares students for initial employment as engineering technicians in specialized areas that support
engineering design, manufacturing processes and production, testing or maintaining product quality. This program also provides supplemental training for those previously or currently employed in these
This 18-credit-hour certificate aligns with the
Manufacturing Skills Standards Council's (MSSC) skills standards, which define the knowledge, skills and performance needed by
today's front-line manufacturing workers.
This certificate transfers to SPC's 60-hour A.S. degree in Engineering Technology. The A.S. degree transfers to our Bachelor's degree in Technology Management.
To work in today’s manufacturing operations, employees need precise advanced technology skills. Locally
and nationally, employers have a hard time finding these skilled
workers, according to recent news reports.
With manufacturing firms returning to Florida, they bring with them a need for such highly skilled employees. Engineering technicians support engineering and manufacturing processes by solving technical problems in research and development, sales, construction, assembly, quality assurance and prototyping. Our programs help you get started as:
SPC's SolidWorks Design Center was the first of its kind in Florida
developed through the collaborative efforts of local industry. In all, SPC has four state-of-the-art labs, including additive manufacturing-rapid prototyping, quality measurement and electronic instrumentation. The Solid Works Design Center makes use of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment, 3-D scanners and 3-D printers.
All of these labs will be expanded when SPC opens the Collaborative Center for Emerging Technologies on the Clearwater Campus in 2012. The new facility is the first in the area and allows SPC to form partnerships and connections with industry, other state colleges and universities to develop advanced manufacturing technologies.
A long-time leader in workforce education, the college developed the center as an
open manufacturing factory work environment to simulate skills needed in emerging technologies.
According to Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity, Pinellas County is ranked second in the state for manufacturing employment and third in the state for number of manufacturing firms. In 2010, 30,000 people worked in manufacturing in Pinellas County, making it the fourth largest industry in the county. In 2009, the Tampa-St. Pete Metropolitan Statistical Area exported nearly $6.65 billion worth of manufacturing products, including computer and electronics parts, machinery and medical and transportation equipment.
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