Public Works Academy

Public Works Academy provides continuing education and professional development for those in the field of public works. 

We train many professionals working for municipalities, as well as, those working in the transportation, utilities, engineering and construction industries.

Most classes are held at Pinellas Technical College – St. Petersburg.  However, the Public Works Academy also provides classes at locations throughout the State of Florida.  We pride ourselves on the ability to create and present custom classes meeting our clients’ diverse needs.

Classes are organized around three main focuses which include: Cadet Training, Apprenticeship Training and Continuing Education & Job Training.

Cadet Training

Cadet Training prepares you with the opportunity for entry into a great new career or career change. In this three month program, you will gain a solid educational background preparing your for a job in the field of public works.  Related fields include transportation, engineering, surveying and construction.

This program’s employability skills classes will help you end up in a job where you can really make a difference. Our graduates work throughout the state private and public sector jobs.  Examples of careers obtained by our past graduates include: wastewater/potable water treatment operators, wastewater collection technicians, water distribution technicians, industrial maintenance mechanics, stormwater management technicians, solid waste drivers, and tree trimmers.

Our curriculum totals 450 hours. Internship hours are 195 of the .  You will fulfill your 450 total hours. internship requirements at a local municipality or public service provider.  Included in this curriculum are several industry certifications and a certificate of completion from Pinellas Technical College.

Cadets will visit up to five public works facilities as field trips.  This provides an opportunity for the Cadets to further explore careers in public works and to network with current professionals.

Classes are lead by an experienced instructor.  Current professionals share contemporary aspects of public works.

The admission process includes an interview, career counseling and orientation.

This program is provided through Pinellas Technical College and is accredited through the Council on Occupational Education.

Financial Aid is available through several sources. Make an appointment with the Instructor to discuss Public Works program and any funding needs you may have.

Apprenticeship Training

Employees of our apprenticeship partners enter into a multi-year (2- to 5- year) agreement with the Public Works Academy and their employers to obtain training in their fields while working for their current employers.  Apprenticeship Training programs are multi-year programs where apprentices obtain education by attending class one day per week while gaining practical job-related experience through their employers.

Current Apprenticeship Programs include: Pipefitters-Wastewater Collection, Pipefitters-Potable Water Distribution, Pipefitters-Stormwater, Industrial Maintenance Mechanics, and Roadway Technicians.

Experienced instructors lead these adult education apprenticeship programs.

There is no cost to the employee or the employer.  The Department of Education funds this apprenticeship program.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education & Job Training is provided to those wanting to advance in their careers, maintain their industry certifications and/or transfer to another department.

Most Continuing Education & Job Training classes are 1/2 day to 3 day courses.

Courses are lead by experienced professionals with significant relevant experience.

Classes include Florida Department of Transportation’s Maintenance of Traffic (at the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels), Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Qualified Stormwater Management Inspector, OSHA 10 hour/30 hour (in Construction and General Industry), International Municipal Signal Association’s Signs, Signals, Markings, Roadway Lighting, and Traffic Signal Inspector.

We also provide health related classes such as American Safety and Health Institute’s CPR/AED, First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens.

Our job training includes such classes as forklift, scissor-lift, chainsaw, as well as, various equipment operation..  These are hands-on classes that familiarize our students with the equipment operations with a strong focus on their safe use.

Vehicle operation classes include: Van, Forklift and Scissor Lift Operations.