Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Program

Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Program

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The FloridaMakes Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship is the first program offered to focus on entry-level skills for new and existing employees in the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) occupation. This program is only available for employed workers. 

IMT Apprenticeship Program is a competency-based hybrid registered apprenticeship in Florida that provides production workers with the knowledge and competencies needed in the advanced manufacturing environment for entry-level employed workers of at least 16 years of age. With online, on-demand access to the foundational Manufacturing Skills Standards Council’s (MSSC) Certified Production Technician training curriculum, this new approach brings Florida’s manufacturers a hybrid training model that addresses entry-level skills gaps and provides foundational manufacturing knowledge regardless of the specific occupation, which will help give apprentices the tools they need to move on to more specific occupations. It also bypasses the need for employees attending courses at institutions and provides flexible access for students with lifestyles, work schedules, and geographical barriers that often prohibit participation in traditional “in-class” offerings.

What is the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship Program? 

Training and Courses for Related Instruction

  • 200 hours online curriculum based on the four Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician 4.0 modules: Safety, Quality Practice & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes & Production and Maintenance Awareness.

  • 2,000-hour apprenticeship on-the-job training for employed workers that provides a guided training program for workers in their work environment to:

    • Set up, operate, monitor, and control production equipment.
    • Help improve manufacturing processes.
    • Understand manufacturing as an integrated business system.
    • Efficiently and safely manage raw materials/consumables.
  • Courses are available in English and Spanish.

Why IMT? 

The IMT apprenticeship was developed by MSSC with manufacturers to meet manufacturing firms’ needs to upgrade the skills of the frontline production workers. Delivered online and on-demand at the convenience of the apprentice. This helps remove travel and scheduled classroom restrictions.

The IMT on-the-job learning and related instruction are relevant in a variety of manufacturing settings ranging from electronic assembly, food processing or metal fabrication to plastics or bio-medical production and can be customized to a particular firm’s criteria. Upon completion of training, workers earn nationally recognized manufacturing journey worker credentials.

Certifications Earned:  

National Occupational Credential: Every graduate of a Registered Apprenticeship program receives a nationally-recognized credential. At the completion of the required on-the-job hours and the curriculum, the apprentice will earn a State of Florida issued, nationally recognized Industrial Manufacturing Technician certification. Additionally, the apprentices are encouraged but not required to take the MSSC Assessment tests for the Certified Production Technician Certification. 

What's Involved 

Employer Responsibilities  

  • Provide range of work process experiences in accordance with agreed-upon training.  
  • Provide on-the-job learning instruction and competency assessments.  
  • Provide feedback on apprentices’ progress. 
  • Minimal cost of tuition: many grant resources exist to offset these costs. 

IMT On-The-Job Competencies

  • The IMT Apprentice program uses the MSSC Courses that were developed in strict adherence to the industry-recognized, nationally validated standards upon which the Certified Production Technician (CPT) 4.0 is based. These courses, developed and delivered by Amatrol, have a proven track record of success in teaching the knowledge and skills identified in the national standards. MSSC Courses are highly interactive and utilize state-of-the-art, computer-based, simulation e-learning technologies and are delivered by MSSC Authorized Instructors.   

    • Prior learning credit can be applied at the discretion of the employer if the employee has previously completed MSSC CPT courses.  

Program Tuition Costs

  • Regional Manufacturing Association member: $950 per apprentice.
  •  Non-Member: $1200. 

There will also be an assessment fee for CPT certification testing of $240.

MSSC Florida Fact Sheet

Click here to veiw the MSSC Florida fact sheet that includes information about Florida company participation, wage rates and authorized assesment centers. 

Join the IMT Apprenticeship Program 

Click an icon below to learn more about the process of enrolling in this program. Please be advised that you must be an employer in order to submit an application. 

To learn how you can participate in the new innovative hybrid Registered Apprentice Program for entry-level employees through FloridaMakes, please contact Tina Berger

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The IMT Apprenticeship Program Launch Webinar Deck

Click here to download the deck from the IMT launch webinar.

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