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Mechatronics and Welding Trainees PicturedBecome a certified welder or mechatronics technician in less than a year! Attend an information session about these hands-on training programs to learn more.

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) is now recruiting for its hands-on Welding@SVHEC and Mechatronics Level 1 training programs. Classes begin summer 2019.


To begin the enrollment process, individuals should attend an upcoming information session. Welding info sessions will be held on: Tues., April 23rd at 10:00am, Thurs., April 25th at 5:00pm, and Tues., April 30th at 5:00pm.

Information sessions for Mechatronics Level 1 will be held on:
Tues., May 7th at 10:00am, Thurs., May 9th at 5:00pm, 
Tues., May 14th at 10:00am, and Tues., May 21st at 10:00am.

Welding@SVHEC is a 10-month, hands-on training program providing instruction in MIG, TIG, Stick, and Pipe welding. Successful trainees have the opportunity to become NCCER certified welders and to pursue advanced training leading to American Welding Society credentials.

Mechatronics covers a wide range of topics including electrical components, pneumatic systems, and Programmable Logic Controls (PLCs), and prepares trainees to quickly identify and correct malfunctions with automated equipment. The program is ideal for individuals interested in robotics, automated systems, troubleshooting and repair. Training leads to the Siemens Level 1 Mechatronics Certification, and prepares individuals for careers such as machine operator, industrial maintenance technician, and electrician.

Financial assistance is available, and qualified individuals may be eligible for assistance for up to two-thirds of the cost of training. For more information, or to reserve a spot at an information session contact Scarlett Brandon, SoVA CME Program Coordinator at 572.5473 or email scarlettbrandon@svhec.org.