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Basic Manufacturing Skills

Basic Manufacturing Skills is a non-credit intensive training program that prepares students for entry-level positions with regional manufacturers. Students are provided with the basic skills needed to be successful in a high-performance manufacturing environment.


Basic Manufacturing Skills covers fundamental areas of knowledge with the intent of preparing a student to be a ‘shop floor’ employee. Topics include Basic Computer Literacy; Math for the Trades; Industrial Measurement & Conversions; Quality Improvement Programs & Practices; OSHA 10 General Industry and Workplace Readiness. The course is a pre-requisite for Welding, Manufacturing Production, Industrial Maintenance, and Machining. Students will use a variety of resources including Tooling University from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Target Audience: Virginia Western is looking for motivated, responsible adults eager to change careers or start manufacturing or technical careers that offer competitive wages, benefits and opportunities for advancement.

Program Length: 116 Hours Total, 29 Sessions, for 6 Weeks (20 hours/week)

Credentials Available: Commonwealth of Virginia Career Readiness Certificate (CRC); OSHA 10 General Industry Certificate; Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) Certificate

Tuition Assistance: Scholarship money through programs such as FANTIC, On-Ramp, or the Workforce Credentials Scholarship may be available, potential candidates need to contact Amanda Decker at 540-857-6279 to apply. Funding is also available for students who are Tobacco Commission Region (Franklin County) residents. Click here to find out if you qualify.

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ITEC 2500: Technical Computer Applications

12 hours (3 Sessions)
Students become familiar with the Windows Operating System (use of internet and email, access websites using URL, Bookmarks, Favorites, and use search engines); Introduction to MS Word (generating a letter/report, writing a memo and producing job assignments); and Introduction to MS Excel (navigating a spreadsheet, using Ribbons, toolbars, tables, calculations and functions).

MATH 2300: Mathematics for the Trades

16 hours (4 sessions)
Course focuses on the math skills needed for various trades ranging from Applied Arithmetic Fundamentals to Proportions and Tolerances.

ENGR 2230: Blueprint Reading

16 hours (4 Sessions)
The course develops a working knowledge of blueprints, concentrating on signs, symbols and abbreviations. Analysis of prints for applications of tolerances and allowances.

ENGR 2240: Industrial Measurements & Conversions

16 hours (4 sessions)
The course focuses on conversions from standard to metric and tools used for industrial measurements including tape measures, scales, calipers, and micrometers, etc.

MANF 2190: Quality Improvement Methods & Practices

32 hours (8 Sessions)
Students will demonstrate understanding of Teamwork & Problem-solving Skills; Lean Manufacturing; 5S; Kaizen; Identifying Problems; Approaches to Quality Management; Statistical Process Control; Understanding ISO; Value Stream Mapping; and Six Sigma.

MANF 2249: OSHA 10 General Industry

(12 hours Online )
Students will participate in OSHA 10 hour General Industry Industrial Safety Training. Successful students will receive their OSHA 10 card.

MANF 2200: Manufacturing Technology

16 hours (4 Sessions)
Mechanics, Fluid Power & Thermodynamics, Electricity, Chemistry, Processes & Controls

BUSC 2218: Workplace Readiness Training

8 hours (2 Sessions)
This course covers Effective Interviewing techniques; Successful resume Writing; Ethics; Personal & Time Management; External/Internal Customer Service; Verbal and Non-verbal Communication; Personal Wellness; Team Building; and Planning.

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Phone: 540-857-6076
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