New Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics Cohort Starting in 2017

Attend an upcoming information session to start your new career

Thedore DunnManufacture your future in Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics through the SoVA Center of Manufacturing Excellence (SoVA CME). Beginning January 17, 2017, hands-on training in industrial maintenance/mechatronics will be offered at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston, VA. The six-month training leads to several industry recognized certifications, including Siemens Level 1 Certification.

Mechatronics combines mechanical, electrical, computer, and software and control engineering to design and manufacture products. Individuals trained in mechatronics are prepared for many successful careers including machine operator, industrial maintenance technician, and electrician.

Individuals are encouraged to attend an upcoming information session to learn more. Information sessions will be held at the SVHEC-Innovation Center on:

  • Tuesday, December 13th: 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 15th: 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, January 10th: 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, January 12th: 10:00 AM

Individuals who enroll in the January 2017 Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics cohort will be introduced to electrical systems, pneumatics, programmable logic controls (PLCs), mechanical systems and more. Training uses the Siemens systems-based approach, but is not focused on Siemens equipment or products. Individuals who successfully complete SoVA CME’s Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics Level 1 program are prepared to identify and correct malfunctions in manufacturing equipment as well as effectively communicate with team members.

“Mechatronics is not only the marriage of electrical, mechanical and computer technologies, but it is a holistic philosophy for looking at how these individual topics make up the entire system,” said Will Soyars, SoVA CME Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics Program Leader. “This allows technicians to keep machinery running by eliminating downtime which helps with a company’s efficiency and bottom line,” he continued.Ricky Gordon, IM/M Instructor

According to Scarlett Brandon, SoVA CME Program/Marketing Coordinator, individuals in industrial maintenance/mechatronics careers enjoy salaries ranging from $35,000–$55,000, depending on the locality and size of the industry. “Mechatronics certification offers a path to good jobs that exist today for qualified individuals,” Brandon said.

Registration is now open, and financial assistance through the new Workforce Credential Grant and other funding sources may be available. For more information, or to reserve a spot at one of the upcoming information sessions contact Scarlett Brandon, SoVA CME Program/Marketing Coordinator at 572.5473 or email

The SoVA CME is a collaborative partnership between the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, Danville Community College, and Southside Virginia Community College to provide hands-on training leading to industry recognized credentials in three focus areas: welding, precision machining, and industrial maintenance/mechatronics. SoVA CME is one of three manufacturing Centers of Excellence funded by the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission in consultation with the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

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