Students / Parents

Your future starts today.

Do you love to build things with your own two hands? Can you imagine yourself creating the products that you and your friends use every day? Then the world of manufacturing may be a great fit for your future. The following resources will help students and parents explore manufacturing’s many opportunities and connect to programs that prepare you for the future.

Elementary/Middle Schools

It’s never too early to start thinking about the future. These events will help younger students and their parents learn more about modern manufacturing and get a feel for the all this field offers.

Manufacturing Day

Through class presentations, career fairs, plant tours, class projects, and other related curriculum, students across the county will learn how modern manufacturing plants operate. They’ll also have the chance to talk to industry pros who love working in this growing field. Learn More.

Summer Camps

Our Manufacturing Alliance partners offer a number of fun and educational summer programs for students. Registration is now open! Learn more and register.

For more information about manufacturing programs for elementary and middle school students, contact:

Janice Muhkia


High School Students

You don’t need a four-year degree to get a manufacturing career off the ground. High school students can start developing critical skills and making even more critical connections with manufacturing leaders through these education and development programs.


  • Pathways to Engineering Program
    Hillsborough County Public Schools | Middleton High School

    Students build competencies in mathematics, science, engineering technology and other technical skills. Upon completion, they will earn the industry-recognized MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) designation.

  • Welding Technology Program
    Hillsborough County Public Schools | Jefferson and Tampa Bay Tech High Schools

    Students prepare for employment or advanced training in a variety of occupations in the welding industry. They receive hands-on experience using cutting and/or welding processes that are in use by industry today.

  • Machining Technology Program
    Hillsborough County Public Schools | Armwood High School

    Using industry-grade technology and equipment, students will develop computer numerical control (CNC) skills that are in high demand throughout the manufacturing sector.

To learn more about these Hillsborough County Public School programs, contact Lauren Walden at (813) 231-1876 or


  • Hillsborough Education Foundation
    Paid Internship opportunities | Various employers

    High school students will gain real-world experience at local manufacturing companies, working a minimum of 80 hours per internship and earning an hourly wage equivalent to or higher than the Florida minimum wage.

Summer Camps

  • Manufacturing Summer Camps
    Hillsborough Community College | Brandon Campus

    Campers will learn the basics of manufacturing, while experiencing the college environment, and working to obtain the nationally recognized Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification.

  • Engineering Technology Summer Camps
    Hillsborough Community College | Brandon Campus

    Campers will be exposed to a career-focused curriculum which offers an introduction to various manufacturing positions, tours of advanced manufacturing facilities and a review of how STEM principles apply to modern manufacturing.

Registration now open! Sign up today

For information about these Hillborough Community College programs, please contact Ronkel Williams at 813-253-7734 or

Career/Short-Term Training


These degree and certificate programs provide in-depth, hands-on training to prepare students for a rewarding career in manufacturing.

  • Engineering Technology
    Hillsborough Community College | Brandon Campus

    With curriculum aligned with those of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and American Welding Society (AWS), this program provides an accelerated pathway to a variety of manufacturing positions. Learn More.

  • Certified Production Technician (CPT)
    Hillsborough Community College | Brandon Campus

    Through this accelerated program, high school graduates, veterans, unemployed, and career changers will learn the basics of manufacturing in preparation for the nationally recognized Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification and a career in manufacturing. Learn More.

  • Welding Technology
    Hillsborough Community College | Ybor City Training Center

    Develop a solid foundation and advanced knowledge of a variety of welding applications in preparation for AWS certification and a career in any of a number of welding fields. Learn More.

  • Applied Welding Technologies
    Hillsborough County Public Schools | Erwin Technical College

    This twelve-month course develops the manipulative skills and technical knowledge required to pass entry-level employment qualifications for certifications or certification tests. Learn More.

  • Industrial Machinery Maintenance and Repair Program
    Hillsborough County Public Schools | Brewster Technical College

    To prepare for employment in industrial-machinery maintenance, students will gain hands-on experience using the procedures, equipment and tools that today’s manufacturers use every day. Learn More.


These efficient programs provide a basic introduction to specific manufacturing skills and prepare students for entry-level positions. Training is offered free of charge for students who qualify for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) subsidies.

  • Soldering & Cabling
    Career Source Tampa Bay | Career Prep Center

    This four-week course provides training and the opportunity to earn industry recognized certifications manufacturing employers require. Learn More.

  • Industrial Machine Maintenance
    Career Source Tampa Bay | Career Prep Center

    Develop the basic level of knowledge to work towards an entry-level maintenance technician or helper through this three-week course. Learn More.

  • Welding and Fabrication
    Career Source Tampa Bay | Career Prep Center

    Get trained and ready for work in as little as seven weeks with this course that prepares students for an entry-level welding/fabrication position. Learn More.

There’s more than one way to kick off your career and move up the ladder. Explore the pathways to manufacturing’s most in-demand positions.

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Get A Job

High School Diploma/GED, on-the-job training and work experience will get you ready for an entry-level position.

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assembler
  • Manufacturing Production Technician
  • Inspector, Tester, Sorter, Sampler and Weigher

Get Ahead

2-4 years of education beyond high school will help you move up the ladder.

  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technologist

Get to the Next Level

4 or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience will take you even higher.

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Computer Software Engineer, Systems Software
Attention: science lovers!
Manufacturing firms perform approximately 70% of U.S. industry research and development.

Contact Us

If you’re a parent or student who wants to learn more about manufacturing and its many opportunities, the Alliance can help. Contact us today!

To learn more about career-focused education at Hillsborough County Public Schools, contact:

Lauren Walden

Hillsborough County Public Schools

For information and registration for High School Summer Camps and other high school student programs offered through Hillsborough Community College, please contact:

Steve Conti

Hillsborough Community College

For information about setting up a Manufacturing Day, please contact:

Janice Muhkia