At Collins Machine Works we’re proud of the work we do. Specializing in high-tech machine work, on-site machine work, fabrication, and machinery overhaul requires our team to have a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of not only the work they do, but how to get it done properly and efficiently. In our effort to inspire the next generation and help them accomplish excellence in our field, CMW has paired with Tidewater Community College to create an Apprenticeship program that challenges students while not just allowing them to learn a new trade, but become the very best at what they do. This program has allowed CMW to help train not only a new generation of welders and machinists, but also given opportunities to those already in the field to improve their skills and progress toward even greater success.
Apprentices at CMW don’t simply shadow professionals to gain experience and try to learn through osmosis. Our apprentices learn the skills necessary for their chosen trade while being an integral part of the CMW team. This isn’t an internship, but a full-time job with full-time benefits. After the completion of the 4-year course apprentices will receive their journeyman’s certificate from the Virginia Department of Labor. This a great achievement and allows graduates of the apprenticeship program to be employed in the machining and welding field, as well as representing their accomplishments during their time working with CMW.
Throughout the program apprentices attend classes at TCC, with all costs for books and classes are covered in full by CMW to help them focus on success. Through a combination of these classes at TCC and on-site, On-The-Job Training (OJT) provided by experienced journeymen and apprenticeship alumni, participants in the program complete a rigorous course comparable to that of a college education. Exiting the program with not only the knowledge needed to exceed expectations in the field, but the hands-on training to back it up.
Currently CMW is celebrating our most recent graduate Dillion O’Sullivan, and we’d like to keep celebrating as more of our apprentices complete the program. If you’re looking for a new trade don’t let any opportunity go to waste, through an apprenticeship with Collins Machine Works provided by Tidewater Community College, you could be well on your way to making the impact you desire.