Start or Enhance Your Trades Career

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.

Begin your journey with a career in the trades or enhance your career with credentials in:

  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Manufacturing Technician (MT1)
  • Mechatronics Program
  • Apprenticeship in Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, and More
  • Construction Project Management
  • HVAC Technician
  • Certified Welder
  • Commercial Truck Driver
  • Small Engine Repair

Explore Careers in High Demand Trade Fields

Heavy Equipment Operator

Become a heavy equipment operator and earn an industry-recognized credential. The Heavy Equipment Operator program was developed to meet the growing employment demands for equipment operators. This class serves as the first level of training in the Heavy Equipment Operator program. Click here to read more >>>

Manufacturing Technician (MT1)

The Manufacturing Technician 1 (MT1) certification program was developed to meet the growing employment demands of the manufacturing industry. The MT1 program addresses the core industry-wide skills standards required for skilled production occupations in all sectors of manufacturing. Click here to read more >>>

Mechatronics Program

The Multi-Craft program has advanced to the next level to meet the demands of advanced manufacturing technologies. This new Mechatronics program has been enhanced to include training in PLC languages, industrial electrical/mechanics, fluid power, and process instrumentation and systems control. Click here to read more >>>

Apprenticeship in Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, and More

Registered apprenticeship is an agreement between an employer who needs a skilled worker and an employee (the apprentice) who wants to “earn while learning” a skilled occupation. If you are currently employed as a tradesman or skilled technician, talk to your employer today about the benefits of participating in the apprenticeship program. As part of the program, apprentices take trade specific classes to earn the necessary classroom hours required to complete the apprenticeship. Click here to read more >>>

Construction Project Management

The field of construction project management is diverse and
 enormously complex. There are
several major classifications of
 construction that differ uniquely from each other: residential, commercial building, heavy highway, utility, and industrial projects.
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HVAC Technician

HVAC technicians install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments. This also includes refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.
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Certified Welder

Ideal for new welders and those who want to enhance current welding skills, our Certified Welder Fast Track Career Training Program is designed to American Welding Society (AWS) standards and prepares students for AWS Certifications.
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Commercial Truck Driver

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most tractor-trailer drivers operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity of more than 26,000 pounds. These drivers are required to obtain a Commercial Drivers License. Some truck drivers deliver goods locally and some over-the-road which spans several states.
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Small Engine Repair

Every day Small Engine Repair Mechanic are called on to troubleshoot and repair all types of engines and systems on power equipment. Join us to begin your career as a certified small engine mechanic or just to learn valuable troubleshooting skills to repair your own small engines. Click here to read more >>>