New electrical & instrumentation career training to start at MTC

(Bradenton, FL—November 28, 2018) With input from local industry, a new career preparation program is starting at Manatee Technical College: Electrical and Instrumentation (E & I) Technology 1.  MTC is accepting applications now.  The program will begin January 22.

After completing the 1,000-clockhour (approximately 10-month) certificate program, graduates can expect a starting wage of $16 to $32 per hour (not including overtime), with the potential to make $30 to $46 per hour within 7 to 10 years.

Tropicana is one of many local companies that have expressed strong interest in hiring graduates of the MTC program.   “Within the next three years, about half of my E & I workforce will be retiring,” said E & I senior resource/advisor Adam Riley.

He said companies throughout the area are going through similar skilled workforce losses, so the need is great for trained employees.

Mike Jeffries, owner of Mader Electric, concurs.  “Almost all of my E & I workforce are nearing retirement.  I could hire two or three right now.  We cannot get the talent.  Anybody that goes through this course and has the aptitude could go anywhere in the country and have a job.”

Students will learn basic electrical theory, motor controls, process control, relay logic, programmable logic controllers, and more to enable them to work alongside engineers in the industrial, manufacturing, and electrical contracting industries.

The instructor, Bill Lloyd, comes to MTC with 40 years of E & I industry experience.  To apply, go to  For more information, contact career counselor Mr. Mitchell at 941.751.7900 x 1032 or

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