Training Programs

Training Programs at SoVA CME

SoVA CME offers foundational and advanced industry-related training programs in mechatronics, precision machining, and welding. We offer a variety of training levels and certifications for trainees, seasoned workers looking to further their careers, and veterans looking for options after military service. Click on the titles below to read more about each program and corresponding certifications.

Foundational courses for certifications are offered at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, Danville Community College and Southside Virginia Community College. Contact us for more details.

Precision Machining

Precision machining refers to the processes used to create many of the things we use in our everyday life. These things, called parts, are custom made by skilled craftsmen. Precision machine parts can be both large and small, and serve to benefit you in your home or keep industrial plants up and running. Precision machining parts are used in everything from medical devices to industrial equipment to kitchen appliances, and even the cars we drive.

Over a century ago, machining was a hand-held process. Today, precision machining uses computer programs such CAD (computer aided design) or CAM (computer aided manufacturing) to guide the cutting tools. The software program on the computer is connected to the machining equipment which uses its tools to precisely duplicate, in three dimensions, the item from the computer program. The machining equipment will repeat the process over and over again without flaw.

Precision machining can be performed on many types of materials such as: steel, ceramics, glass, plastics, wood, aluminum, copper, etc.

Trainees can obtain foundational precision machining training through Danville Community College, located in Danville, VA, or Southside Virginia Community College, located in Emporia, VA. Once participants have completed foundational training programs, they may continue more advanced training through the SoVA CME. Students will have the opportunity to earn valuable, industry-driven certifications through…

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What is mechatronics?  Based on the diagram below, mechatronics combines mechanical, electrical, computer, and software & control engineering in order to design and manufacture a product.

Mechatronics Diagram

SoVA CME offers three SIEMENS Certifications. Foundational and advanced Mechatronics training is offered at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in partnership with Danville Community College and Southside Virginia Community College.

Industry Specific Training

As part of the SoVA CME, our training lab has the capability and adaptability to offer tailored -specific Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics training programs for area industries. Industry training programs are currently designed to offer instruction and hands-on training within our lab, in conjunction with on-site training within the industry infrastructure.

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With a career in welding you will never have a boring workday. From bridges to pipelines to skyscrapers, welding offers a career that challenging and rewarding? The demand for welders is strong and the salaries are good. Short term, hands-on training through the SoVA CME gives you the skills you need to manufacture your future in welding!

Individuals completing Welding training through the SoVA CME learn MIG, TIG, Stick, and Pipe welding, and can earn assessment-based, industry-recognized credentials through the American Welding Society and National Center for Construction Education & Research. Courses and training are located at multiple locations in Southern Virginia:

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