Earn an Engineering Technology A.S. Degree
This comprehensive degree program was developed in part by the Florida Advanced Technological Education (FLATE) Center to give manufacturers and advanced technology industries qualified, highly skilled workers. It is a model for colleges in Florida and throughout the country.
The coursework in this program prepares you for the following industry certifications:
- Certified AutoDesk Professional
- Certified AutoDesk User
- Certified SolidWorks Associate
- Certified SolidWorks Professional
- Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician
This degree offers sub-plans in:
- Digital design and modeling
Our core classes for all subplans align with the national Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Portable Production Technician Certification. If you have already earned the MSSC-CPT, you can receive 15 articulated credit hours toward this Engineering Technology degree.
Continuing your education
Our areas of specializations in quality, digital design or electronics can be taken as certificates that transfer to the 60-credit-hour A.S. degree.
Advancing your skills in manufacturing can pay off
To work in today's manufacturing operations, employees need precise advanced technology skills. According to recent news reports, local and national employers have a hard time finding skilled workers. 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:
- Civil Engineering Technician
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
- Industrial Designers
- Mechanical Engineering Technicians
- Quality Control Inspector
- Pinellas County ranks second in the state for manufacturing employment and third in the state for number of manufacturing firms.
- In 2013, the manufacturing industry employed 30,391 people in Pinellas County, the fifth largest employment sector in the county.
- In 2014, the Tampa-St. Pete Metropolitan Statistical Area exported more than $5.8 billion worth of manufacturing products, including computer and electronics parts, chemical and food products and machinery, all of which require specialized processes to produce.
Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Local employers and business partners
- Aurora Semiconductors
- Bovie Medical
- City of Clearwater
- City of Largo
- City of St. Petersburg
- ConMed Linvatec
- GE Aviation
- Johnson Controls
- Lockheed Martin
- Monin, Inc.
- Motion South
- Power Design
- TSE Industries
- Wolf Retail
- Industrial processes and materials
- How to generate and interpret computer-aided drawings
- Electronics and electricity
- Quality assurance methods
- Mechanical measurement and instrumentation
- Communication skills
- Technical competency
- Safe and efficient work practices
- Skills and theory to support engineering design, processes, production, testing and product quality.
A long-time leader in workforce education, St. Petersburg College developed the Tampa Bay area's first Collaborative Center for Emerging Technologies as an open manufacturing factory work environment to simulate skills needed in emerging technologies in August, 2012.
SPC's SolidWorks Design Center was the first of its kind in Florida developed through the collaborative efforts of local industry and makes use of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment, 3-D scanners and 3-D printers. In all, SPC has four state-of-the-art labs, including additive manufacturing-rapid prototyping, quality measurement and electronic instrumentation.