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The SFMA is now offering two apprenticeship programs.  Our Current “Machinist Apprenticeship” is being converted to a Competency Based Two Year Program and begins August 2018. Our NEW program is our “CNC Set-Up and Programming for Mills and Lathes” is also a Competency Based Two Year Program which will begin in January 2018.  Following are the two programs and the competencies that will be achieved in earning our State Certified and Nationally Recognized credentials:


  • Foundation of Machining
  • Interpreting Engineering Drawings
  • Conventional Mill
  • Conventional Lathe
  • Advanced Mathematics for Machining
  • Introduction to Coding
  • CNC Milling
  • CNC Lathe


  • Foundation of Machining
  • Interpreting Engineering Drawings
  • Advanced Mathematics for Machining
  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
  • Introduction to Coding
  • Advanced CNC Mill Processing
  • Advanced CNC Lathe Processing

Why a Competency Based Approach?
The focus is on what the apprentice learns, or already knows, and not how long they spend in class or learning a skill. The competency based approach provides the opportunity for the apprentices to move through the system at their own pace to build their portfolio of skills and credentials validating the acquired skill levels.

This approach provides a measured return-on-investment in training by awarding nationally recognized interim credentials towards their Completion of Apprenticeship Certificate from the Florida Department of Education which is recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, Office of Apprenticeship. For the apprentice, this means a more flexible approach to training, and environment to validate the levels of achievement, recognition within the industry, and a clear defined pathway to 18 college credit hours for an AS Degree in Industrial Engineering at Broward College.

To learn more about this exciting program, please review the information provided below or contact Dennis Battistella at 954-292-0040 or