Welding & Manufacturing

FastForward Welding & Manufacturing Credentials

Are you interested in welding, building electronics and machines, or operating presses and computer-controlled machines? Manufacturing and fabrication jobs have some of the largest impact on the American economy, including jobs in mechatronics, a fast-growing field that spans robotics, artificial intelligence systems, and complex computerized electrical machines.

Welding and manufacturing jobs are in high demand across Virginia, and employers are looking for qualified, credentialed applicants to fill open vacancies. Our credential courses give you the skills you need for job planning, gas metal arc welding (GMAW/MIG welding), and operating, repairing, and maintaining complex machinery.


Here’s what some of our welding and manufacturing graduates are doing today.

Marcus, Bridgewater, VA

Credentials: 6G Pipe Welding

Current Position: Full-time position at the Shickel Corporation

“I’m a lot better off financially than before I went to school. I make at least 50 percent more now than what I made before my workforce training at Blue Ridge Community College. That’s substantial.”

Micah, Norfolk, VA

Credentials: Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Current Position: Structural Welder

“Working on a ship that protects our nation is the experience of a lifetime. After FastForward workforce training, my advice is: if you’re looking for a new career, go for it!”

What kinds of careers are available?

  • Gas Metal Arc Welder (GMAW/MIG)
  • Mechatronics Apprentice
  • CNC Machine Operator
  • CNC/Metal Grinder
  • Electronics Assembler
  • Drill Press Operator
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Job Planner
  • Millwright

Virginia’s Community Colleges offer different training programs on each campus to respond to the needs of local employers. Your FastForward coach can tell you more about training programs and schedules at your local community college.

I’m ready to start my career in welding and manufacturing!

Reach out to a FastForward Coach now and get more information about welding and manufacturing careers!