Workforce and Industrial Innovation

Workforce and Industrial Innovation

The Office of Workforce and Industrial Innovation serves career changers and manufacturing, financial, and technical employers seeking quality improvement and leadership programs.


Experts in the UWF Office of Workforce + Industrial Innovation exist to improve the labor force and manufacturing base in Northwest Florida. To accomplish this goal, the team collaborates with business leaders, scientists, consultants, and government officials who can improve productivity and enhance the financial outcomes for our region’s industrial base. The results are collaborative workforce projects created by true partners with measurable plans for success. Before starting a new project, team members conduct a needs assessment to determine an organization’s pathway to growth. With customer input, the team delivers custom programs for STEM industries and their workforce.

Sea3D Additive Manufacturing Lab

Learn - Design - Invent

Sea3D serves as a hub for multidisciplinary research, invention and discovery in the high-demand field of additive manufacturing. We provide a space for real product development and reengineering. The technical team is located inside the UWF Historic Trust’s Museum of Commerce in downtown Pensacola. The talented student technicians use state-of-the-art equipment to generate incredible builds in 9 different materials. Sea3D puts real-world science and manufacturing on display for the thousands of future manufacturers.

Manufacturing Extension Partnership

FloridaMakes, the Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council, TeCMEN, and UWF

Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEPs) are public-private partnerships that exist in all 50 states. FloridaMakes, our state’s MEP, is focused on meeting manufacturers near-term needs with the goal of retaining and creating jobs, increasing profits, and conserving resources. UWF serves as the MEP between Pensacola and Tallahassee. We work in conjunction with the Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council and the Technology Coast Manufacturing and Engineering Network (TeCMEN). These organizations connect UWF with a community of comprehensive engineering and manufacturing firms that comprise the industrial base of our region. Through our partnership with FloridaMakes, the Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council, and TeCMEN, our university successfully connects our industrial base to our scientists and technical resources. The National Institute of Standards and Technology surveys our economic impact and the number of jobs created or retained by our projects. To date, UWF has achieved more than $140,000,000 in economic impact as measured by the amount of increased or retained sales, capital equipment investments, workforce investments, and cost savings.

Workforce Innovation

  • Leadership Development
  • Project Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Innovation & Design Thinking
  • Additive Manufacturing

Industrial Sustainability

  • Energy Audits / Reduction Planning
  • Equipment Sourcing
  • Product Lifecycle Analysis
  • Physical & Information Security

Quality Improvement

  • ISO 9001, AS9100
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Product Development & Reengineering