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Our free 4-week program offers you the opportunity to learn all you need to be successful as an Assembly Specialist – from the technical knowledge to the soft skills that will help you achieve your potential.

This program is part of our Training Accelerator programs. Learn more about the admissions process and support benefits here.



3 Weeks

Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM

Presented in partnership with Tidewater Community College TCC Logo

What does an Assembly Specialist Do?

An Assembly Specialists performs basic assembly tasks to build products in a high volume manufacturing environment. As an Assembly Specialist, you review machine operation instructions in order to operate assembly line robots and machinery. You conduct quick visual and tactile quality checks on assembly materials and work completed by teammates upstream, and communicate issues with machine malfunction to supervisors and engineers.

View of industrial warehouse assembly line floor

Is this program right for you?

  • Are you comfortable with manual work?
  • Are you interested in skilled work in an industrial setting?
  • Are you comfortable with structured schedules?

If you answered ‘yes‘ to any of these questions, this program is designed for you.

Program Opportunities

Have the opportunity to interview with two of our employer partners during our program

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Skills You'll Earn

In every job, there are key skills that will help you be successful. We’ll help you learn how to:

Behavioral Skills


You communicate with your team, ask for help when you need it, and offer them support.

Stress Management

You develop effective stress management habits that allow you to be resilient and meet challenges head on.

Orientation to Detail

You notice the smallest parts of a task or situation so that you can complete a job that you are assigned with complete accuracy.


You take the lead on the work you are responsible for and look for additional ways to contribute.


Growth Mindset

You believe you can learn and improve over time with practice.


You do not give up in the face of challenges or after you have made a mistake.

Personal Responsibility

You take ownership over your work and decisions. You work hard, keep commitments, and don’t make excuses.

Future Orientation

You set goals for the future, understand how your actions will help you achieve them, and frequently check your progress.

What You'll Learn

Technical Skills

After this program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professionalism by arriving on time every day and proactively communicating with supervisors if there is a schedule conflict.
  • Perform repetitive assembly tasks perfectly over an extended period of time.
  • Ensure quality by conducting frequent quality checks on materials and products using company criteria.
  • Explain the physical and mental challenges faced by assemblers and create a personal plan to effectively overcome those challenges and produce high quality work.
  • Define a personal career in manufacturing.

How You'll Learn the Material


Learners will participate in hands-on learning and mock assembly lines. Sessions mimic working conditions in the factories and workstations. In this class, there are no written exams.

Role Plays

Apply your understanding of these new topics by doing, but don't worry, you'll have access to instructors and teaching assistants if/when you need guidance.

Dexterity Drills

Learners will rotate through practice of various dexterity drills: Grooved Pegboard Test, Purdue Pegboard Placing Assessment, and the Minnesota Dexterity Test.


Learners will work in assembly line teams to read instructions, assemble a given unit, and meet quotas while also conducting quality checks.

Instructional Day at a Glance

Schedule Overview

Morning activities:

  • Arrive for class at TCC Skilled Trades Facility
  • Check-in with instructors before heading to mock assembly line

Morning activities are dedicated to running scenarios on the line. You will learn to assemble a gearbox provided by one of our employer partners, including handling precise measurement tools. The instructor will walk through different situations, from faulty parts found in material to difficulty in reading instructions.

Break for lunch

Afternoon activities:

  • Attend Mentorship sessions
  • Participate in Reflection sessions

Afternoon activities are dedicated to mentorship sessions where current employees from Stihl will come to class and share their path, experiences, and tips on how to succeed on the shop floor. The day closes with a reflection session where you will work with the instructor and mentor on developing a career plan for the next 2 years.

Admissions Process

  1. 1

    Eligibility Questionnaire

    Begin by completing a questionnaire that will determine if you are eligible.
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    Apply for the program you are eligible for and complete all steps. Application takes less than 20 minutes to complete.

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    Complete applicable literacy assessment.

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    You will be directed to schedule an in-person interview for 1 hour.

  5. 5

    Admissions Review

    Your complete application, assessments, and interview will be reviewed by an admissions counselor who will determine your eligibility. Next, complete the support questionnaire. This helps us better understand specific needs.

  6. 6

    Admissions Decision

    You will be notified via email once a decision has been made regarding your admission and next steps.

Recruitment Partners

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Additional Partners

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This project is made possible by funding from RISE, which is funded through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

What is required?

  • Live in the U.S.A.
  • Be 18 years or older at the start of the program
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Available M-F, 9AM-5PM local time for in-class hours
  • Lift 30 pounds, able to complete repetitive manual tasks, stand for long periods of time
  • If planning to pursue employment then the applicant must be authorized to work in the U.S.


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