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In-Demand Across the Region – Certified Manufacturing Technicians

In-Demand Across the Region – Certified Manufacturing Technicians


What is a Manufacturing Technician Level 1 Certification?

The Manufacturing Technician Level 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.  The core competency areas certified are: (1) Math and Measurement, (2) Spatial Reasoning and Manufacturing Technology, and (3) Quality and Business Acumen.

The purpose of the MT1 certification program is to document individuals’ mastery of the critical competencies required for modern manufacturing production and production-related occupations.  The goals of the MT1 certification program are to:

  • Develop a workforce pipeline capable of meeting the requirements of existing and emerging employers in advanced technology industries such as manufacturing,
  • Provide a customized fast track pathway to stackable credentials for 21st Century advanced technology careers in industry,
  • Provide online and instructor-led training to address identified technical skill gaps, and
  • Provide a pathway to advanced level training and specialized training based on industry requirements for potential new hires and incumbent workers.

More on MT1

An MT1 operates precision machinery, systems and processes. Typical skills expected in these positions usually include: CAD skills, computer controlled machine programming, precision measurement, process and machine trouble-shooting, problem-solving, machine maintenance and proficient use of diagnostic and statistical tools.  These positions generally describe someone who has enough broad-based knowledge about a multi-step process to successfully troubleshoot and solve problems beyond the scope of typical “machine operators”. Sample MT1 Job Titles: Operator, Production Operator, Production Technician, Technician, Chemical Equipment Operator, Chemical Operator, Fixers, CNC Technician Manufacturing Technician and Production Manufacturing Specialist. NOTE: To review a full list of production occupations in modern manufacturing requiring MT1 industry-wide technical skills, please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Why RVA Needs Certified Manufacturing Technicians

Manufacturing is still alive and well in the Greater Richmond region. Our local economy continues to benefit greatly from this thriving business sector, which has created more ancillary jobs in comparison to others. This is one of the primary reasons national leaders are frantically searching for new ways to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States.

It is widely known that economies with a strong manufacturing base are more secure in other economic areas. But, the manufacturing industry is only as good as its human capital; and a large skills gap has appeared in the last decade.

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Bronze, Silver and Gold = Employment Ready

Bronze, Silver and Gold = Employment Ready

Hiring and recruitment are full of unknowns. More than ever, businesses want to make certain current and potential employees have the basic work skills necessary to successfully perform key job duties. In the Greater Richmond region, dozens of employers connect the right person for the right job using the results of the Virginia Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). As part of its mission to benefit economic development and workforce needs in Central Virginia, the Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) offers individuals and companies these assessments of workplace skills.

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Govenor McAulliffe Kicks Off Elevate Virginia Workforce Month

Govenor McAulliffe Kicks Off Elevate Virginia Workforce Month

Taken from VCCS blog post:

Workforce leaders from across the state gathered at the Governor’s mansion on the eve of Sept. 30 for the unveiling of Virginia’s new workforce brand, Elevate Virginia, and the kickoff of Elevate Virginia Workforce Month.

Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade, offered remarks about the administration’s commitment to workforce development and training – to ensure all Virginians are afforded access to a world class education and workforce system. Danny Vargas, Chair of the Virginia Board of Workforce Development, announced the new workforce brand for the state – Elevate Virginia. As chief executive officer and chief workforce development officer for the commonwealth, Governor McAuliffe reaffirmed workforce development as a top priority of his administration, laid out in Executive Order 23: New Virginia Economy Workforce Initiative.

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Governor McAuliffe and Chancellor DuBois Focus on the Future for Virginia’s Workforce

Governor McAuliffe and Chancellor DuBois Focus on the Future for Virginia’s Workforce

During the annual Chancellor’s Retreat at the Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center in Glen Allen, Chancellor Glenn DuBois discussed the focus of the Virginia Community System’s (VCCS) next strategic plan, stating:

“Most importantly, it challenges us to make a meaningful difference in Virginia’s quality of life. The next strategic plan has just one goal. That’s it, just a single goal. And that goal is to triple the numbers of credentials awarded annually by the year 2021. In hard numbers, that means we will go from 38,000 credentials awarded last year to no fewer than 114,000 by the year. This means that student success, in the form of credential attainment, will no longer be among our priorities. It becomes the priority.”

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What is a Career Readiness Certificate?

What is a Career Readiness Certificate?

Did you know CCWA is a licensed WorkKeys Service Provider? We provide 24-hour turnaround as a minimum and can usually handle turn-around within a couple of business hours. If you would like to learn more about the benefits available to you or your organization through the implementation of the Career Readiness Certificate and the associated gap-training learning systems, please give us a call.

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