Master the skills that manufacturers need now

The Alliance’s education curriculum and training programs are designed to meet the existing and emerging workforce needs of Hillsborough County manufacturers. We help learners of all ages and skill levels train for the most exciting opportunities in the field today and prepare for the advances of tomorrow.

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.

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 Hillsborough Community College programs, please contact Steve Conti at 813-253-7734 or

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