Working with TX FAME

You're smart, career-oriented and ready for a well-paying career right now. With Texas Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (TX FAME), you can dive into a challenging advanced manufacturing career while receiving the education needed to build your resume and make you highly marketable to manufacturers across the state.

Once you're accepted into TX FAME, you will begin work on a combination education/training program to earn an associate's degree as an Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT). During the week, you will attend classes at a local community college and work for a local employer – all while being paid a competitive wage for your work. After five semesters you will have earned an Associate’s degree in Applied Science in Advanced Manufacturing Technician Track, 60 college credit hours, and two years of work experience. At that point, you’ll be ready to enter the workforce full time with all the skills needed to succeed—and with the potential of no school debt!

What will a typical week look like?

You will attend classes certain days of the week at St. Philip's Southwest Campus while working the other days of the week at a sponsor’s facility for a competitive wage while gaining hands-on experience.

What will I learn?

As a participant in the AMT program, you will participate in hands-on training and education to develop you as a fully-rounded worker, including:

  • Mastering a multiskilled technical skill set, including electricity, robotics, fluid power, mechanics, fabrication, industrial troubleshooting, and much more
  • The Manufacturing Core Exercises, which prepare you to contribute to a safe and highly efficient, cost effective workplace. These include Safety Culture, Visual Workplace Organization, Lean Manufacturing, Problem Solving, and Machine Reliability
  • The Six Professional Behaviors, including Work Attendance, Initiative, Diligence, Interpersonal Relations, Teamwork, and Verbal and Written Communication

What happens when I complete the program?

You'll earn:

  • An Associate in Applied Science in Advanced Manufacturing Technician Track
  • 60 college credit hours
  • Approximately 1,800 hours of on-the-job training and work experience
  • Potentially zero student-loan debt
  • Opportunity for full-time employment with a sponsoring employer

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Participating Companies

CPS Energy

Generating and delivering power is a 24/7 operation, and it takes more than 3,200 people from across Greater San Antonio to make it happen. CPS Energy is the nation's largest community-owned energy company, and our people are passionate about serving our community, helping our customers and caring for our environment.

As a leader in the utility industry, we provide best-in-class service reliability, have some of the lowest rates in the nation, and we are number one in Texas for wind and solar energy generation. We bring leading-edge technology, educational investments and economic development to our community.

Diverse and dynamic team members--from IT technicians and financial analysts to electric line workers and engineers--are key to our success. An average CPS Energy employee has been with our company for 15 years, and they're the reason that CPS Energy is regularly recognized as one of the best energy companies in the U.S. We offer in-house training and development, as well as tuition reimbursement, to help our people grow, and exceptional benefits to help them care for themselves and their families.

Multi-skilled technicians (MSTs) are a crucial part of our team. CPS Energy is involved in every aspect of what it takes to deliver power to more than a million customers at hundreds of thousands of businesses and homes in Greater San Antonio. Across this complex and modern system, sophisticated automation helps keep things working smoothly, providing the exceptional reliability our customers expect.

MSTs maintain this crucial automation throughout the electric power generation, transmission and distribution network. These are demanding, rewarding jobs – helping to keep the power flowing to our customers' homes, businesses, hospitals, schools, military installations, sports stadiums, data centers, and more. And because providing energy is a 24/7/365 responsibility, scheduling for MST positions is flexible and varied. These skilled technicians are the backbone of our workforce that powers our customers' lives every day, and CPS Energy cannot be successful without them!

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H-E-B

The story of H-E-B began more than 100 years ago in a small, family owned store in the Texas Hill Country. Today H-E-B serves families all over Texas and Mexico in 155 communities, with more than 375 stores and over 80,000 Partners (employees). With over 21 Billion in annual sales, H-E-B ranks 15th among all U.S. private companies and serves over 8 million customers per week. Our commitment to excellence has made us one of the nation's largest independently owned food retailers in the nation. H-E-B is an industry leader, with creative new concepts, outstanding service, and a commitment to diversity in our workforce, workplace and marketplace.

As the largest private employer in Texas, H-E-B provides career opportunities not just in retail, but also in Manufacturing, Warehousing, Transportation, and Facility Services. These divisions of our company serve a critical role in delivering excellent service to our customers. H-E-B employs multi-skilled maintenance technicians in these operations to help manage and maintain equipment associated with our manufacturing production lines, warehouse and transportation distribution equipment, as well as our physical buildings and grounds. Our multi-skilled technicians perform electrical and mechanical maintenance and troubleshooting for food production equipment, building utilities, and industrial refrigeration systems at campus locations in San Antonio, San Marcos, Houston, Temple, Weslaco, and Corpus Christi.

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Takata

Takata launched its Operations in Japan in 1933 as a maker of woven textile fabrics. In the 1950s, Takata began to develop seat belts for automobiles, and after that, they developed airbags, child restraint systems and a variety of other safety-related products. The Takata Dream is of "a society with zero fatalities from traffic accidents."

Currently, Takata has 46 plants in 17 countries around the world. At the San Antonio, Texas Metal Stamping Plant, coils of raw steel are stamped into more than 150 different safety restraint components such as seatbelt buckle bases and latches.

MSTs will play a vital role for our Operations by keeping our vast array of machinery working properly. Our machines range from older technology to highly advanced robotics. A fully-trained MST will have the skills necessary to keep us competitive and make great additions to our local team!

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Toyota

This is an exciting time to be a part of Toyota, as we bring together all of our headquarters operations in Plano, TX (about 20 miles north of Dallas), expand our technical center near York Township, MI, and build a new production engineering facility in Georgetown, KY.

But we’re in more places than just these three. With facilities and offices all over the country, you can find a job that’s right for you, whether it’s in engineering, finance, marketing, sales, strategy, IT, or another corporate support area. A lot of different skills go into making, selling and financing the future of mobility.

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Toyotetsu Texas, Inc.

Toyotetsu Texas, Inc. (TTTX) was established in San Antonio Texas in 2004 and began production in 2006. TTTX is located on-site with its main customer, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas (TMMTX). Through our state of the art stamping and welding processes, TTTX produces body, chassis, and functional parts for the Tundra and Tacoma vehicles. Examples of body parts include center pillar, front pillar, lower back panel, radiator support and rocker panel. Examples of chassis parts include lower control arm, rear trailing arm, and rear control arm. Examples of functional parts include brake pedal, clutch pedal, hood lock and parking break lever. TTTX strives to achieve our goal of “Becoming the number one automotive supplier with the best quality and just-in-time delivery” based on the Toyota Production System (TPS).

The TTTX Machine Maintenance department is responsible for ensuring our equipment is always functioning at the highest level of efficiency possible. Machine maintenance team members support our four stamping presses ranging in size from 500 tons to 3000 tons. In addition, Machine Maintenance team members service almost 100 robotic welding arms. TTTX Machine Maintenance team members utilize their diverse skill set daily by possibly working on electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, PLC, or fabrication projects. TTTX looks for Machine Maintenance team members that have a passion for team work and like to be creative and contribute to toward team goals. People that embrace a fast paced environment and who are flexible and can adapt to ever changing requirements help make our team a success.

Applying as a Student


Now accepting applications for Fall 2017!

  • Enrollment

    To be considered for the TX FAME program, you must be enrolled at St. Philip's College. Make sure to select St. Philip's College as your campus when filling out the ApplyTexas application. Once the application is processed, you will receive 4 emails – one from ApplyTexas and three from Alamo Colleges. The first Alamo Colleges email will include instructions and information for ACES and AlamoENROLL. For a complete "First Time in College Enrollment Checklist" please click below.

    First Time in College Enrollment Checklist

    Enroll on ApplyTexas

    Please allow 4-5 business days for application processing. Applications will NOT be processed until official transcripts are received. For assistance, please contact St. Philip's College at 210-486-7281.

  • Before You Apply

    Gather the following documents and be prepared to upload them to the application: high school transcript, any college transcripts, expected graduation quintile, a brief essay describing your interest in the TX FAME program.

  • Essay

    In 500 words or less, write a brief statement explaining your interest in working as an advanced manufacturing technician and your ultimate goal in applying for this educational program and company sponsorship.

  • Submit Your Application

    With your prepared documents and essay, fill out and submit the application for the TX FAME program.

    Apply Online

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