Looking for an in-demand career with a great paying wage? No time and money to earn a college degree? A career in the trades offers endless possibilities locally and regionally with advancement opportunities. Look for our Fast Track Career Training Programs to quickly train and receive a credential in one of Virginia’s highest demand career fields.
Have you ever fixed something at home or at work and wondered to yourself, “Wow, I think I could do this for a career!”? If so, you may be in the wrong line of work or never realized what you were capable of in a trades career. People who have the knack for DIY or those who have always enjoyed working with their hands should consider a career in the trades. Continue reading In-Demand Trades
Gain the skills to successfully maintain Facilities and Properties
Building Maintenance Technicians
Building Maintenance Technicians, also known as general maintenance and repair workers, handle a variety of construction related tasks every day. They handle repairs that require the basic skills of all the trades such as an electrician, carpenter, plumber, mechanic, painter, and HVAC technician. They also handle general maintenance duties like painting a lobby, fixing a broken garbage disposal, and or replacing a faucet.
Job Duties may include:
Utilize blueprints or diagrams to plan for repair work
Use common hand and power tools such as screwdrivers, saws, drills, wrenches, and hammers
Fix or paint roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, and other parts of buildings
Maintain and repair specialized equipment and machinery in cafeterias, laundries, hospitals, stores, residences, offices, and other facilities
Order supplies from distributors to make necessary repairs
As a Workforce Solutions career coach, Estelle Sanzenbacher meets with clients and helps them determine a career path. That could include going back to school, gaining certification or updating a resume.
With today’s electronic job board filled world, one might say that the Help Wanted section in newspapers is becoming a thing of the past. We are lucky here in the Winchester-Shenandoah Valley area because our local papers are filled with job postings that are screaming for qualified candidates. If you are looking at today’s Winchester Star and are lacking the skills and qualifications to apply for a specific job, then Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions may have the Career Changer program or classes for you. Let’s go through the paper and see how LFCC Workforce Solutions can get you the career you are seeking. Continue reading Help Wanted?!?
After 12 years with prominent furniture maker, Henkel Harris, Terry Smith was laid off due to the closure of the business. Smith turned to LFCC Workforce Solutions to determine his next move toward obtaining new skills and a new career. During his experience, he enjoyed working with LFCC to gain the qualifications he needed. “The whole LFCC Workforce Solutions team has been incredible to work with.” said Smith.
In partnership with the Valley Workforce On the Job (OJT) grant, Smith successfully interviewed and was offered a position at O’Sullivan Films in Winchester. Anne Halterman of O’Sullivan Films said, “We are very happy to have Terry as part of our O’Sullivan team. Completing the Multi-Craft (Industrial Maintenance) Boot Camp demonstrated his drive and initiative, which was a big factor in hiring him. In his time on the team, Terry has been a valuable contributor, and we look forward to watching him grow with the company.”
Like Terry Smith and many others, students discover what can be accomplished with the right support, job training and determination. By working hard and working smart you can be on your way to a new career and bright future. Let LFCC Workforce Solutions be a Partner in Your Success!
David Portmess first came to LFCC Workforce Solutions looking to better himself for his family. He was underemployed and had no hope of working to his full potential. He knew his opportunities for advancement would be limited if he did not take the initiative to further his education. David heard about the TAA Adult Career Coach and Job Placement Coach at LFCC, and decided to see if they might have some ideas on how he could get ahead.
After meeting with the coaches, David enrolled in a few of the technical trades courses thanks to the assistance of the Onramp program. After successful completion of the initial classes, David received attention from his existing employer to be eligible for advancement in the industrial technician area of his company’s operation. He was selected by his employer to take the new Multi-Craft program. He began class this September, and with this additional training, it will increase his pay and move him one step closer for advancement in a new career field. The new Multi-Craft program was recently established at LFCC thanks to the Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund (HEETF), which allowed for the purchase of hands-on industry equipment and simulators to advance the skills of a technical workforce. Continue reading HEETF Student Success Story