Stackable Credentials - Industry endorsed certifications; MSSC

Engineering Technology
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Learn about FLATE’s leadership role integrating the national MSSC standard in Engineering Technology Degree programs  across the state.  Read more>>


“The AS/AAS Engineering Technology Degree represents a breath of fresh air for our College. With it and the direct help from FLATE we are able to respond to a local industry (Lockheed Martin, PorPoly Manufacturing) in an effective fashion. Frankly, our response to their needs would not have really met their needs if FLATE had not been there to help.”

C. R. Dassance, President Central Florida Community College


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Stackable Credentials in ET ~ Engineering Technology Frameworks


MSSC credential aligned ET Degree


Engineering Technology Degree Alignment to Industry Validated Credentials


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others have recognized the importance of industry and academic credential alignment to support Learn and Earn strategies to increase enrollment and completion in post-secondary degree programs.  The Florida Plan for manufacturing education implements this approach using industry validated stackable credentials.  FLATE, its industry and  academic partners together with the Florida Department of Education designed a national model in the form of the statewide Engineering Technology A.S. (Associate of Science) Degree Program.  Eleven ET Degree granting colleges in Florida are charter members of the National Association of Manufacturer's Manufacturing Institute's "M-List".  The M-List recognizes high schools, community colleges, technical schools, and universities that are teaching manufacturing students to industry standards. 


The degree has 3 major components: (I) general education; (II) an ET technical core; and, (III) specialization tracts that address regional industry needs. The ET Core aligns with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Certified Production Technician (MSSC-CPT) national certification. The statewide articulation agreement provides 15 credit hours of the ET Core for anyone enrolling in the degree program and having a current CPT credential. Therefore, anyone in the country who holds a valid MSSC-CPT credential can graduate with the A.S. Engineering Technology degree after completing 45 instead of the required 60 credit hours. Building on this credential or the ET core courses, students take specific courses related to one of eight specialized technical tracks in their second year of study.  College credit technical certificates aligned to each of the specialization tracks provide additional flexibility for students to earn while they learn.


FLATE is an NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center of Excellence.  ATE programs endeavor to strengthen the skills of technicians, whose work is vitally important to the nation’s prosperity and security. In ATE centers and projects, community colleges have a leadership role and work in partnership with universities, secondary schools, business and industry, and government agencies to design and carry out model workforce development initiatives. 


Engineering Technology Frameworks
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Industry, community colleges, FLATE, and the Florida Department of Education partnered to produce the Engineering Technology A.S. Degree Program. It has 3 major components: (I) general education; (II) an ET technical core; and, (III) specialization tracts that address regional industry needs. The ET Core aligns with the MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) national certification. A statewide articulation agreement provides 15 credit hours of the ET Core for anyone enrolling in the degree program and having a current CPT certification.


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Curriculum Frameworks Documents


This FLDOE Curriculum Frameworks are posted on the Manufacturing Cluster webpage and can be downloaded as .rtf files.  All FLDOE Curriculum Frameworks are reviewed by an industry and educator panel every 3 years. The ET Degree Core frameworks we reviewed in 2012. The Curriculum Frameworks for the ET Specializations and their associated college credit certificate were reviewed in 2013 and will be reflected in the 2014-2015 documents posted in spring 2014.


  • Engineering Technology (AAS/AS - 0615000001)
    • Engineering Technology Support Specialist (CCC - 0615000007)
    • Advanced Manufacturing Specialization
      • Automation (CCC - 0615040601)
      • Lean Manufacturing (CCC - 0615061302) (
      • Pneumatics, Hydraulics & Motors For Manufacturing (CCC - 0615061303)
      • Mechatronics (CCC - 0615000013)
    • Advanced Technology Specialization
      • Applied Technology Specialist (CCC - 0615061203)
      • Composite Fabrication and Testing (CCC - 0647061608)
    • Alternative Energy Specialization
      • Alternative Energy Systems Specialist CCC (CCC - 0615050303)
    • Biomedical Systems Specialization
      • Medical Quality Systems (CCC - 0641010105)
    • Digital Design and Modeling
      • Computer-Aided Design & Drafting CCC (CCC - 0615130304)
    • Digital Manufacturing
      • Digital Manufacturing Specialist (CCC - 0615000009) (RTF, 320KB)
      • Rapid Prototyping Specialist (CCC - 0615000012)
    • Electronics Specialization
      • Electronics Aide (CCC - 0615030313)
    • Industrial Energy Effiency
      • Industrial Energy Efficiency Specialist (CCC - 0615000014)
    • Industrial Energy Effiency
      • Industrial Energy Efficiency Specialist (CCC - 0615000014)
      Mechanical Design and Fabrication Specialization
      • Computerized Woodworking (CCC - 0615080501)
      • CNC Machinist (CCC - 0648051002)
      • Mechanical Designer and Programmer (CCC - 0615080503)
    • Quality Specialization
      • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate (CCC - 0615070203)
      • Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate (CCC - 0615070202)

The Florida Department of Education compiles documents describing many degree and certificate programs. From Aerospace Technology to Simulation Technology and everything in between. Florida Department of Education



Engineering Technology Curriculum Resources

A. Mapping Files - Critical Work Functions and Key Activities
(These align the MSSC Standards to the ET Core Curriculum Framework).


B. ET Program justification (This file was submitted with the Engineering Technology Curriculum Frameworks as justification for the new program.)

C. ET Statewide Articulation Agreement (This Statewide Agreement was first approved on Feb 27, 2008 by the Articulation Committee of the FLDOE as the first such statewide agreement in Florida.  Colleges awarding the ET Degree had   previously approved it. All future adopters of the ET Degree are bound by this agreement, which is reviewed annually by the FLDOE.)

D. Statewide articulation committee support packet

E. MSSC Standards

F. MSSC/FLDOE Frameworks/ ET Degree Technical Core Course Outcomes Alignment

H. Practical, Technical and Industrial Occupations (8700300)