Manufacturing News

  • October 21, 2016 3:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hillsborough Community College, with support from the Manufacturing Alliance of Hillsborough County, is offering a free program leading to the MSSC CPT certification. The instructor-led course is being held at HCC's Ruskin campus in the southern part of the county, not far from the Manatee county line.

    The three-week course starts Oct. 31 and runs during the daytime.

    Link to download PDF.

  • October 19, 2016 6:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Oct. 8, BAMA members got to spend an afternoon with an astronaut when we were the presenting sponsor at an event at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) with Astronaut Story Musgrave, the only person to fly on all five space shuttles.

    Story Musgrave is a man with a humorous, fascinating and impressive background. During the afternoon, Musgrave talked about his life, entertaining the audience with tales of his youth, and spoke about the Hubble Missions. His talk was followed by a film on MOSI’s five-story IMAX® screen on the Hubble Missions.

    Musgrave was born in 1935 on a dairy farm in Stockbridge, MA. He was in the forests alone at 3 and by 5 floated his homebuilt rafts on the rivers. He rode combines at 5, drove trucks and tractors at 10 and when alone in remote fields, repaired them by 13.

    He never finished high school, instead running off to Korea with the U.S. Marines where he was an aircraft electrician and an engine mechanic. He started flying with the Marines and over the next 55 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft. He is a parachutist with over 800 freefalls.

    Although never earning a high school diploma, interesting enough, he went on to obtain seven graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology. Working as trauma surgeon along with a 30-year astronaut career.

    Story was an NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger's first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and on his last flight, he operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia.

    To read more about Story Musgrave, his biography is titled, “The Way of Water.”

  • October 14, 2016 7:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MAF Environmental Teleconference
    Thursday, October 20, 2016
    3 – 4 p.m.
    Dial in Number 712.775.7000; PIN 317371#
    Staffed by Hopping Green & Sams
    Moderator: Mike Petrovich, Hopping Green & Sams

    For more information, contact

  • September 30, 2016 7:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Article from Industry Week website - click to read article.
    Who is Killing American Manufacturing?
    by Leo Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers

  • September 28, 2016 9:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    St. Pete College featured on ABC News on Sept. 14

    Watch the video online.

  • September 26, 2016 12:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Association of Manufacturers is holding a teleconference on October 6th at 10:00 AM (EDT) about the new federal trade secrets law.
    Click for Registration Info

  • September 13, 2016 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CareerSource Tampa Bay is conducting a Manufacturing Workforce Analysis Survey in partnership with CareerSource Pinellas, Florida High Tech Corridor, Pasco Economic Development Council, Pinellas County Economic Development, Tampa Bay Partnership, and Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.

    The goal of the survey is to understand local needs for skilled manufacturing employees in Tampa Bay. Individual company identities and responses will be kept confidential. Thank you for providing this critical information that will assist us in addressing the gap between the supply and demand for manufacturing workers in the Tampa Bay area.

    The survey deadline is this Friday, September 16.

  • September 12, 2016 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Live 2 Lead Tampa Bay
    Friday, Oct. 7

    Use the promotional code “BAMA2016” when registering for individual admission to receive a $10 discount. Then, $10 will be donated to BAMA Scholarship and STEM fund.

    Click here to register

  • September 12, 2016 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Manufacturing Skill Standards Council
    Certified Production Technician
    Certification Program

    This is a 100 percent web-based course consisting of five modules and four assessments for a total of 80 hours (a headset and microphone is required). Upon successful completion of the course, you can earn your MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification. The CPT is a nationally recognized certificate that can be used for employment across all manufacturing sectors.

    Consisting of:
      - Maintenance
      - Awareness
      - Quality and Continuous Improvement
      - Manufacturing Process and Production

    Throughout the training, students take MSSC assessments. After passing each assessment, a Certificate of Recognition from MSSC is provided. When all four key assessments are successfully completed, the MSSC CPT Certification will be awarded and 15 credit hours toward an A.S. in Engineering Technology degree can be used at all state colleges in Florida that offer the A.S. in Engineering Technology degree.

    Training starts Tuesday, October 4, 2016
    Classes are conducted online Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 - 10 p.m., October 4 through December 13.
    Fee: $899* per person
    *Includes registration with MSSC, five coursebooks, four assessment codes and facilitation. (No class on Thanksgiving)

    For more information and to register, visit or contact Lee Kotwicki at 941-363-7218,

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