Virginia Western Community College’s Workforce Solutions is offering a wide array of manufacturing courses beginning in February to help mechanically-minded individuals gain the knowledge and skills to begin a new career quickly. Learn the fundamentals of machining, industrial maintenance and welding in these short-term programs.

Registration closes two weeks prior to the first day of a class, so enroll today at www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce. For more information, call 540-857-6076 or email careernavigators@virginiawestern.edu. Current grant funding may help reduce the cost of courses by up to 95 percent.

The Machining Program includes four courses from the beginning skills of precision measurement and safety all the way to CNC Programming:

  • Machining Fundamentals: 2/18/19-4/10/19; Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    • For more information or to register for the 2/18 start date, visit here. Students completing the course will create required machined parts and will sit for the NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) credentials: Measurement, Materials & Safety; Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout; Drill Press Skills 1.
  • Machining – Milling Operator: 2/19/19 – 4/16/19; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
    • This course offers instruction on both manual and CNC operated mills. The pre-requisite is Machining Fundamentals or students can test out of Machining Fundamentals. For more information or to register, visit here. Students completing the course will create required machined parts and will sit for the NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) credentials: CNC Milling: Operator, Level 1; Manual Milling Skills, Level 1; Grinding Skills, Level 1.
  • Machining – Turning Operator: 5/2/19-6/27/19; Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-9:30 p.m. This course offers instruction on both manual and CNC operated lathes. The pre-requisite is Machining Fundamentals or students can test out of Machining Fundamentals. Students completing the course will create required machined parts and will sit for the NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) credentials: CNC Turning: Operator; Turning Operations: Turning Between Centers; Turning Operations: Turning Chucking Skills.
  • Machining Advanced: Courses will be offered once there is a pipeline of students. Students completing the course will sit for the NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) credentials: CNC Milling: Programming, Setup & Operations; CNC Turning: Programming, Setup & Operations.

The Industrial Maintenance Program teaches the basic manufacturing skills that will add value to employers. This 20-week program allows students to gain both the MT1 (Manufacturing Technician 1) and the Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification (SMSCP) Level I.  After this program, students can use these credentials to fulfill some of the hours and credits toward the Virginia Western Mechatronics Program.

  • Basic Manufacturing Skills:  2/11/19 – 4/15/19; Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Noon – 4 p.m. With this course, you can gain the Virginia Manufacturer’s Association’s MT1 credential. For more information or to register, visit here.
  • Manufacturing Maintenance – 4/25/19 – 7/8/19; Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Students completing the course will take the Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification(SMSCP) Level I exam. For more information or to register, visit here.

We also have Introductory Welding courses: FCAW and GMAW. Visit the enrollment pages here for more information.