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Florida TRADE at SPC

  • Florida TRADE at SPC
  • How to Enroll

    Register to take the Florida Ready-to-Work Assessment test by emailing Jill Flansburg or calling 727-791-2508.

    To enroll in our programs, you need to:

    • be 18 years of age or older
    • provide a photo ID and documentation such as a Social Security Card or passport showing you are a citizen of the United States or have the legal right to live and work here as a non-citizen
    • pass the Florida Ready-to-Work Assessment test with at least a Silver (level 4) or higher on all 3 sections

    The free Florida Ready-to-Work Assessment determines if you have the skills to be successful in certain work environments. The assessment includes 3 sections:

    • Applied Math
    • Reading for Information
    • Locating information (like graphs, charts, tables, flowcharts and gauges)

    Each section of the assessment is scored as Gold, Silver or Bronze. If you don't score at least a Silver in each area, to qualify for the Florida TRADE programs, we offer many free programs to get you up to speed.

  • Jill Flansburg, Ph.D.
    Program Coordinator
    Ph: 727-791-2508
    Fax: 727-791-2638
    Email: flansburg.jill@spcollege.edu 

  • Invest in your future

    Are you looking for skilled workers who can master your specialized processes? Want to offer internships to local students and potential employees? Let Florida TRADE increase you company's value. We can help you:

    • Update your labor force
    • Identify potential employees
    • Train new employees through our internship program

    Contact Jill Flansburg at 727-791-2508.

    “This is an extraordinary opportunity for students. They will not only learn their specific job but how their job impacts the organization. The college has moved at an astounding pace to make this happen."

    Eric Higgs, CEO of LumaStream

  • We offer short-term training programs in advanced manufacturing

    Enroll in our programs to:

    • Be prepared for jobs in demand
    • Upgrade your current skills and knowledge
    • Learn new skills
    • Earn industry-recognized technical certifications
    • Earn academic credit toward a degree in engineering technology
    • Increase your workforce value and marketability

    About SPC and Florida TRADE

    Transforming Resources for Accelerated Degrees and Employment

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    SPC joins 11 other Florida state and community colleges in the Florida TRADE Consortium, a group tasked with improving advanced manufacturing education leading to high-wage, high-demand jobs in today’s technology-driven manufacturing market. The group has been awarded a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop and implement technical training programs and services for:

    • displaced and unemployed workers
    • incumbent workers
    • students
    • veterans
    First class CPT 
    You'll enjoy small class sizes, like this one, in our Manufacturing Essentials class. 
  • Federal grant will bolster St. Petersburg College’s efforts to increase apprenticeships

    St. Petersburg College (SPC) joins Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) and Broward College in receiving a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that will increase apprenticeships and help close the workforce skills gaps in the information technology, manufacturing, healthcare, and construction and trades industries in Florida. Read more.

    Florida TRADE and Manufacturing Association of Florida Center to sponsor women in manufacturing event

    The Florida TRADE Consortium and the Manufacturing Association of Florida (MAF) Center for Excellence have joined to promote opportunities for women in manufacturing. The Manufacturing Experience: A Woman’s Perspective will be held on June 4, at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes. Read more.

    Statewide Florida Manufacturing Career Fair set for April 22

    Florida’s state colleges, manufacturers and regional workforce boards are teaming up to connect Floridians with great careers in advanced manufacturing. The Florida Manufacturing Career Fair on April 22 will be held at multiple venues across the state and will give Floridians the opportunity to meet with local manufacturers. Read more.

    ‘Drive to 1,000’ campaign to place students in advanced manufacturing jobs

    The Florida TRADE Consortium, a coalition of 13 state and community colleges across Florida, is launching a statewide campaign to place 1,000 Florida TRADE students into jobs in advanced manufacturing by April 1, 2016. Read more.

    Leaders gather at Legislative Manufacturing Summit to discuss issues impacting Florida

    More than 80 representatives from local manufacturing industry and organizations attended the Legislative Manufacturing Summit on the Clearwater Campus Feb. 25. The event, sponsored by Synovus Bank, was hosted by Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) and Rep. Kathleen Peters (R-St. Petersburg). Read more.

    Need a job or to update skills? SPC offers training for some of the fastest growing industries

    St. Petersburg College joins the Florida Department of Education in celebrating Florida Career and Technical Education Month. In honor of the observance, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a proclamation that highlights career and technical education opportunities throughout the state. Read more.

    St. Petersburg College strives to meet local market’s manufacturing, tech demands

    Skills gaps in two of the primary industries in the Tampa Bay region are presenting opportunities for area students. Since 2012, two separate studies have identified a dearth of skilled employees in the manufacturing and information technology fields. Read more.

    SPC and LumaStream host Ukrainian visitors

    The unique partnership between St. Petersburg College and LumaStream is drawing international interest. On Nov. 21, a group of five distinguished guests representing Ukraine’s government, business, academia, media, arts and non-governmental organizations toured the local LED lighting manufacturer’s plant in Midtown. Read more.

    Supply chain management training to begin in January at SPC

    To help boost the local skilled workforce in supply chain management, SPC will begin offering entry and mid-level certifications in January 2015. The training is being offered through a $1.5 million federal grant received last year. Read more.

  • Training Offered

    We created our programs to build on one another, so you can take one course and go straight to work, or continue towards a paid internship and greater marketability. See what pathway might work for you. 

    Manufacturing Essentials (MSSC CPT)

    120 contact hours/6 weeks
    This course gives you entry-level manufacturing training including employability skills, safety and maintenance awareness, production techniques, manufacturing processes and quality assurance. Once you complete it, you can take the exam through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) to become a Certified Production Technician.

    This course is held four hours a day five days a week. The credits also transfer to SPC’s A.S. degree in Engineering Technology.

    Introduction to CNC Machining

    240 contact hours/12 weeks
    Learn the basic set up, operation and programming of computer numerical controlled (CNC) machines. Prepares you to take the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Machining Level I certification examination. Pre-requisites are Manufacturing Essentials or industry work experience.

    OSHA 30

    30 contact hours/one week
    This online course covers Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance, safety standards, code enforcement, workplace hazards, hazard analysis and prevention, accident reporting, ergonomics, product safety, Workers’ Compensation and stress on the job.


    This lab experience introduces the interfacing of mechanical and electrical systems. The course focuses on embedded controllers and their programming, power and interfacing electronics, actuators, sensors, and integration of these components to create a complete functional mechatronic system. You will gain instruction and practical exercises in microcontroller programming, hybrid design, digital logic and analog circuitry, data language programming, signal conditioning, filters, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion. Pre-requisites are Manufacturing Essentials or industry work experience. This certificate is offered through the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

    Career Pathway 

    CADD Design

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    CNC Operations

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    Quality Assurance

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  • Advancing your skills in manufacturing can pay off

    • Florida is home to approximately 14,500 manufacturers who employ almost 355,000 people.
    • The average wage of those working in manufacturing in Florida is $48,000.
    • 71% of manufacturing companies in Florida employ less than 10 people.
    • By 2014, the top 15 largest growing manufacturing sectors will add nearly 13,000 jobs in Florida.
    • More than 1,400 of new jobs will be in the two largest manufacturing sectors: medical equipment and supplies manufacturing and aerospace product and parts manufacturing.
    Source: Enterprise Florida

    Salary information and outlook

    Today’s manufacturing employees need advanced technology skills. As manufacturing firms return to Florida, they have a hard time finding these highly skilled employees.

    Our programs help you get started as:

    And more training leads to better jobs. 

    Local employment

    • Pinellas County ranks second in the state for manufacturing employment and third in the state for number of manufacturing firms.
    • On average, employees working at the 1,271 manufacturing businesses in Pinellas County made $54,662 in 2011.
    • In 2011, the manufacturing industry employed 30,800 people in Pinellas County, making it the fourth largest industry in the county.
    • In 2010, the Tampa-St. Pete Metropolitan Statistical Area exported nearly $6.63 billion worth of manufacturing products, including computer and electronics parts, machinery and medical and transportation equipment, all of which require specialized processes to produce.
    Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity