Career Pathways

The Manufacturing institute has released 5 career pathways under the Florida TRADE grant. The pathways include CADD, welding, industrial maintenance, machining and quality. The pathways are defined by both academic (credit based certificates) and workforce (occupational training) to fully capture both students and the current workforce.




Industrial Maintenance



Florida Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study

FDOT has completed an update of the Florida Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study. The study concluded that an estimated $144 billion in annual economic activity or output is produced by Florida’s aviation system each year. Florida has 19 commercial service airports, 102 public-use general aviation airports, and 11 military aviation facilities.  Click here for full report.


NAM Publications/Reports

Catching Up reveals manufacturers’ competitiveness is at stake due to a lack of investment in our nation’s aging infrastructure.  A targeted, long-term investment is needed from the public and private sectors to reverse these troubling trends.  Doing so would increase jobs, grow GDP, provide a $3 return on investment for every $1 invested in infrastructure and provide Americans an increase in take-home pay after taxes.  The report provides tools to think about this problem in a different context and begin to act on long-term solutions for the nation’s infrastructure.

The Cost of Federal Regulation to the U.S. Economy, Manufacturing and Small Business.



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The manufacturing sector makes scholarships available to students seeking educational opportunities after graduating from high school.  Below are scholarship resources:

Society of Manufacturing Engineers 



Boiling point? The skills gap in U.S. Manufacturing, Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, October 2011

A Manufacturing Renaissance: Four Goals for Economic Growth, National Association of Manufacturers, October 2011

Manufacturing Sales Tax Exemption, Chapter 2013-039, Laws of Florida

Manufacturing Sales Tax Exemption, Chapter 2012-32, Laws of Florida

Florida's Defense Task Force 2013 Annual Report and 2014 Work Plan

Manufacturing and the U.S. Economy: Current Events, Challenges, and Opportunities
White House Business Council Meeting:  American Manufacturing April 17, 2014.  Click here for presentation.