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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.

While there are many open positions within manufacturing plants and opportunities exist for employees to progress upward internally, employers are finding it difficult to locate candidates due to a lack of technical knowledge. This creates a significant opportunity for companies and individuals to break away from the pack. Job seekers and incumbent employees who are actively increasing their knowledge and technical expertise become more competitive and thereby more secure. Additionally, companies that are actively investing in their employees are increasing the productivity of their workplaces.

In the past, many companies and job seekers have found it challenging to identify a solid professional development certification for manufacturing technicians. Through a regional partnership with the community colleges and the Virginia Manufacturers Association, we now have a certification the industry can get behind. The Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) certification is helping people gain a portable credential while giving employers a way to standardize skills for manufacturing jobs.

For more information regarding the MT1 certification, contact Wesley Smith at (804) 523-2296 or


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  1. Crystal Clarke May 14, 2016 - 12:10 AM

    I am interested in the position available

  2. Raakin Ali May 15, 2016 - 10:32 PM

    I am currently a level three maintenance technician at handscraft linen services. Looking for an opportunity to grow.