In-Demand Trades

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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. Skilled tradespeople who can repair, build or maintain equipment that most people cannot do on their own can make a sizable income for them and their families, especially if they build up their skills to take on a entrepreneurial approach to having their own business. What’s even more interesting is that despite all the high-demand for trades jobs, skilled workers are hard to find and are always in-demand.

Here are a few in-damnd career training programs offered at LFCC Workforce Solutions:

Electrical

Partnering with Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC), LFCC Workforce Solutions and ABC-VA has a long history of providing high quality, student-centered learning. Our goal is to give individuals the opportunity to learn a trade, become skilled crafts professionals, earn a good living, and build Virginia.

Job Outlook: Electrical work will always be needed, which is why employment of electricians is expected to increase about 12 percent between now and 2018, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Certification and Benefits: Through our educational affiliate, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), we use Contren, a competency-based, task-driven, and nationally recognized curriculum. Students can brush up on their electrical basics with individualized classes or advanced higher with their skills with apprenticeship. Apprenticeship students will progress from years 1 – 4 covering specific skills in the electrical trade.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

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Our HVAC program is a designed as a hybrid training model to suit the busy lifestyles of our students. Hybrid training is a combination of online training and live classroom/lab training, thus limiting (not eliminating), the amount of onsite classes you have to attend each year. On average students attend class twice a month for formal instruction and hands-on training and in the meantime complete online assignments.

Job Outlook: Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is expected to grow 34 percent from now to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Rising demand for trained technicians will result in excellent employment opportunities.

Certification: When successfully completing both the written and performance testing in HVAC apprenticeship classes: Students will receive an NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Certification. It is these portable, industry-recognized credentials that many industry leaders look for when making employment decisions.

Benefits:

  • Program uses NCCER curriculum which provides valuable national credentials that are helpful to students when seeking employment and/or building their careers.
  • Program is in compliance with the National Office of Apprenticeship requirements for classroom training
  • NATE-Recognized Training Provider (National American Technician Excellence)

Plumbing

Classes are structured in a hybrid learning setting, a combination of on-line training and live classroom/ lab training. On average, students attend hands-on labs every other week with an off-week to complete online learning. Apprenticeship students will progress from years 1 – 4 covering specific skills in the plumbing trade.

Benefits:

  • Program uses NCCER curriculum which provides valuable national credentials that are helpful to students when seeking employment and/or building their careers.
  • Program is in compliance with the National Office of Apprenticeship requirements for classroom training

Job Outlook: Employment of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is expected to grow 26 percent from now to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Stricter water efficiency standards and new building and power plant construction are projected to spur demand for workers.

Certification: When successfully completing both the written and performance testing in this class: Students will receive an NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Certification. It is these portable, industry-recognized credentials that many industry leaders look for when making employment decisions.

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Welding

Ideal for new welders and those who want to enhance current welding skills, our Welding Basics, Certified Welder Fast Track Boot Camp or apprenticeship programs are designed to American Welding Society (AWS) standards, and prepares students for AWS Certifications. Apprenticeship students will progress in the classroom and on-the-job training learning specific skills in the welding trade. Recommended training includes the Certified Welder Program or individual welding classes to increase skills in specific welding techniques.

Benefits

  • Accelerated Program
  • Hands-on Learning
  • State-of-the-Art Equipment and Facilities
  • Experienced Instructors
  • Prep for Certification Test with a Certified Welding Instructor
  • Opportunity for National Certification

Small Engine Mechanics (Power Mechanics)

The need for small engine mechanics is expected to grow by 21% between now and 2020. Every day Small Engine Repair Technicians are called on to troubleshoot and repair all types of engines and systems on power equipment. Join us to begin your career as a small engine repair technician or just to learn to DIY  by gaining valuable troubleshooting skills to repair your own small engines. Apprenticeship students will progress in the classroom and on-the-job training learning specific skills in the small engine mechanic trade. Recommended training includes the Certified Power Mechanics Program or individual classes to increase skills in specific engine repair classes. Experienced tradesman and current students who want to get certified can pursue EETC Certification Testing through LFCC Workforce Solutions.

Multi-Craft Technician (Industrial Maintenance)

The multi-craft technician occupation is in great demand in the Shenandoah Valley, in Virginia, and the US for that matter. The demands for these positions are only going to increase as the senior experienced employees are retiring. Development of current employees from your workforce may be the only way to fill these critical positions.

Having skilled and knowledgeable technician perform at a high level is extremely important in the overall productivity of a facility. The “Super Technician” or Multi-Craft Technician must troubleshoot any piece of equipment or system in the following areas:

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Hydraulics
  • Pneumatics
  • PLC
  • Metal Machining
  • HVAC
  • Welding
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What is Apprenticeship?

Registered apprenticeship is an agreement between an employer and who needs a skilled worker and an employee (the apprentice) who wants to “earn while learning” a skilled occupation. Learn more about these programs available in Apprenticeship Training


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Fast Track Career Training

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Like what you see in a trades career and want to get started now?  Start, enhance or change your career today with one of our Fast Track Training Programs. Gain the skills to take that next step towards the new you!

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