Short-term Industrial Maintenance and Machining programs develop in-demand skills

Virginia Western Community College’s Workforce Solutions is offering two revamped manufacturing programs starting this summer: Industrial Maintenance and Machining. Both programs consider possible credit for prior learning and offer financial assistance for those who qualify.

The Industrial Maintenance program is two classes on basic manufacturing skills and maintenance taught at the Goodwill IMT lab and completed within approximately six months. The next offering of the program begins July 25. Students network with businesses in the community throughout their course of study and leave with employable, in-demand skills.

For students who desire to continue advancing their education after the Industrial Maintenance program, they may enter the college’s associate degree in Mechatronics and be eligible for Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification. Completion of an associate’s degree also allows for continued higher education with articulation agreements with four-year universities, such as Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University and Purdue University within this specialty.

The Machining program is four courses, the first starting in August and includes instruction in machining fundamentals, and redesigned mill operator and turning operator courses, as well as advanced machining. Completion of this program earns students eleven lifetime, level one, credentials through the National Institute of Metalworking Skills.

To learn more, about how to acquire these sought after career credentials please contact Sandy Workman at 540-857-6407 or visit,  https://www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce/programs/trades.php.