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Military Pathways

Recruiting & Training the Veteran Community for Manufacturing

Altria awarded a grant to the Virginia Department of Veterans Services supporting active duty and transitioning Service Members, as well as their spouses, with a FREE opportunity to participate in the region by training and introducing them to local manufacturing companies. CCWA will be offering two Manufacturing Technician (MT1) certification classes in partnership with multiple regional employers to pathway the military community to manufacturing jobs. The tuition for these classes will be waived for all eligible students. Class participants will take facility tours of each partner’s manufacturing facility, and will have guaranteed opportunities to interview for open jobs.

Partner Companies: Altria, Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Concrete Pipe & Precast, Dominion Energy, Gerdau, Service Center Metals, Niagara Bottling, Lutron, Colortree, ITAC, and MGC Advanced Polymers.

MT1 Certification Class Options:

Day Class – CCWA Chester Campus
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – Thursday, September 6, 2018
Tuition Fee: Waived
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Evening Class – CCWA Chester Campus
Monday, July 23, 2018 – Thursday, August 23, 2018
Tuition Fee: Waived
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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, 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.

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