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The Skills to Succeed Inventory is a comprehensive study of the careers in the Manufacturing Sector on the Virginia Peninsula with the 14 top companies. The Inventory resulted in 11 Career Pathway Profiles representing 11,150 jobs in Advanced and Precision Manufacturing Technologies on the Virginia Peninsula 2012-2016.

The jobs and number of openings are as follow:

  • CNC and Robotic Operators - 350 Openings
    Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.
  • Coating Specialists - 1300 Openings
    Also known as surface prep technicians. Set up, operate, or tend heating equipment, such as heattreating furnaces, flame-hardening machines, induction machines, soaking pits, or vacuum equipment to temper, harden, anneal, or heat-treat metal or plastic objects.
  • Electricians - 1700 Openings
    Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.
  • Engineers/Eng. Technicians - 200 Openings
    Apply knowledge of materials and engineering theory and methods to design, integrate, and improve manufacturing systems or related processes. May work with commercial or industrial designers to refine product designs to increase productivity and decrease costs.
  • Fabricators/Sheet Metal Workers - 950 Openings
    Fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products and equipment.
  • Fitters - 1600 Openings
    Fabricate, lay out, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products.
  • Machinists - 1200 Openings
    Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify or repair mechanical instruments.
  • Managers - 150 Openings
    Plan, direct or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality and quantity specifications.
  • Pipefitters - 1850 Openings
    Lay out, assemble, install and maintain pipe systems, pipe supports, and related hydraulic and pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling and industrial production and processing systems.
  • Repair Technicians - 150 Openings
    Repair, test, adjust or install electronic equipment, such as industrial controls, transmitters, and antennas; keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair.
  • Welders - 1700 Openings
    Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations or seams of fabricated metal products.



Welcome to our Roadmap to Success Website. This site is about real jobs, real training programs and real career options for you.

All the major Virginia Peninsula manufacturers have shared their hiring needs for the next 5 years and the skills they are seeking for these jobs and jobs of the future.

Colleges, community colleges, training providers and K-12 school systems have identified where to get the specific skills identified by employers.

The result is a website that is your GPS to explore career pathways to days real, available and high paying jobs and the educational pathway for advancement.

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