Manufacturing Careers Training

Earn skills needed for in-demand, high-paying jobs.

Forget what you think you know about today’s manufacturing industry. It’s clean, high-tech and skilled workers are in high demand in our community as well as throughout Florida and the nation. In fact, the United States is the world’s largest manufacturer, offering great careers in everything from aerospace and defense to medical, electronics, transportation and more. Florida’s 17,500 manufacturing companies employ more than 300,000 individuals. At any given time, there are 4,500 manufacturing jobs open in Florida and more than 600,000 nationwide.

Manufacturing is also a high-paying industry: the average manufacturing job pays $26,000 more a year in wages and benefits than the average for other nonfarm jobs.

Watch all of our manufacturing videos to learn more.

LOCAL TRAINING is available for the same technology, including Computer Numeric Control or CNC, now used by international companies such as Caterpillar, BMW, Siemens and Bosch. Local manufacturers ProFAB Plastics Corporation, A&N, Sibex, Quality Production Services, Scorpion Performance and others support these local training initiatives. Financial aid is also available, contingent on eligibilty.

Production and automation programs, including CNC training using simulation software, are offered by education partners throughout the region.



1614 E. Fort King St., Ocala 34471 | 352-674-4765

MTI’s Production and Design Technology Academy (Robotics, Automation and Design) offers a well-rounded education for high school students interested in industrial engineering and manufacturing technology. Graduates can earn two national certifications. This is both a Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars and Career Pathways program (with articulation with the College of Central Florida).

1201 W. Main St., Inverness 34450 | 352-726-2430

Certificates (3-12 months)
CNC Production Specialist, Automation and Production Technology, Certified Production Technician, Industrial Machinery Maintenance and Report, Electricity, Welding Technology, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration/Heating Technology


Campuses in Marion, Citrus and Levy counties | 352-854-2322

Certifications (3-12 months)
CNC Specialist, Certified Production Technician, Six Sigma-Quality,
APICS Production and Inventory Management
Associates Degree (2 years)
Engineering Technology (Quality, Simulation and Automation)
Bachelors Degree (4 years)
Logistics and Supply Chain, Management

1014 SW 7th Road, Ocala 34471 | 352-671-7200

Certificates (12-18 months)
Industrial Machinery Maintenance and Repair (begins July 2015), Applied Welding Technologies (12 months/day classes, 18 months/night classes), four-year Electrical Apprenticeship.

For more information about manufacturing, visit Mid-Florida Regional Manufacturers Association, email Rob Adamiak or call 352-840-5764