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Tidewater Tech Trade School

  • Automotive Technician
  • Building Maintenance & Repair
  • Combination Welding
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Tidewater Tech


Tidewater Tech



Tidewater Tech allows students to start their career and teach them the skills that they will need on the job. They do this by giving you hands-on training that you will be using at your job. And you don’t have to spend years learning the trades that are offered at Tidewater Tech because they can teach you in as little as a few months. And Tidewater Tech is an accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, is a military friendly school, named Best for Vets in 2015 by Military Times, and in 2015 named Military Advanced Education.


Campus Location

Tidewater Tech
5301 East Princess Anne Road
Norfolk, VA 23502


Automotive Technician Diploma Program

In the Automotive Technician Program, students will learn the ins and outs of fixing cars. The training that they receive will help them get an entry-level job in the auto industry. They will get instruction on repair of electrical systems, heating and cooling systems, brakes, steering and suspension, engines, transmissions, automatic and manual, and do vehicle inspections. And this can all be completed in as little as 45 weeks.


Building Maintenance and Repair Diploma Program

The Building Maintenance and Repair Program is a great program that will get you into jobs for hotel, residential, and apartment industries. You will learn all of the skills you need like, applications for structural, electrical, and mechanical. You will also learn about air conditioning, electrical theory, and heating systems and plumbing, building codes, general repairs, and flooring. And you can also get your Environmental Protection Agency refrigerant transition certification. And all of these great skills can be learned in just 30 weeks.


Combination Welding Diploma Program

The Combination Welding Program is the perfect program for someone that likes to work with his or her hands. The welding industry is in need of welders to make cars, appliances, bridges, ships, and other structures that require welds. And you will be learning all of the great methods to get ahead in the industry, including, ultrasonic wave applications, lasers, and electron beams. And you will then go on to get your certifications in Flux Core Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, and Shielded Metal Arc Welding. And it only takes 30 weeks to complete the program.


Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Diploma Program

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Program will prepare you for any entry-level job in the HVAC industry. You will learn electrical and mechanical applications for the light commercial and residential, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry. You will learn how to repair heating systems, air conditioning systems, commercial and residential refrigeration units, hydronics, and heating pumps. And you will have the opportunity to get your certification for Environmental Protection Agency and the Industry Competency Examination. And you can complete this program in just 45 weeks.



When you attend Tidewater Tech, you will be giving all of the certifications that are required to get right into your career. These are the certifications that you will receive when you complete one of their programs.



- Flux Core Arc Welding in 3G and 4G positions
- Gas Tungsten Arc Welding in 2G, 3G, and 4G positions
- Shielding Metal Arc Welding in 3G and 4G positions
- Pipe Welding in 6G positions


EPA Refrigerant Transition

- Core
- Type I
- Type II
- Type III


Student Services Advisors and Career Services Advisors

At no extra charge to the students of Tidewater Tech, students will have access to student service advisors and career services advisors that will help the from the time they apply to the school till they graduate and beyond, helping them find careers in their field.



If a student is having problems with their classes, Tidewater Tech will give the students free personal tutoring sessions that will help them do their best. And the school also has many resources like books, reference material, and periodicals that will help them learn all they need to succeed.


Career Services

Career Services is there to assist students and even graduates to help them find their career path. While job placement is not a guarantee, they do offer students support through teaching them how to write a good resume, what to wear to an interview, setting up mock interviews, and showing them the best way to search for a job. They also arrange for employers to come to the school for open interviews and can even arrange interviews for students and graduates.


Military Friendly

Tidewater Tech is a military friendly school that knows what it is like to walk in their shoes and want to help them get back into civilian society with a great career.


International Students Welcome

If an international student wants to attend Tidewater Tech, they have to complete English Language Tests, TOEFL iBT-73, TOEFL paper 530, IELTS with a score of 6.0. If students score a 450-529 on TOEFL paper, a 45-73 on iBT and 5.5-6.0 on IELTS, they can attend school there, and they have to enroll in English as a second language course. Before they can attend, they have to show proof that they completed the ESL program and took all of the test required for admission.


The Centurian

The Centurian is a newsletter that Tidewaters sends out to students and graduates that shows them the achievements of students and the activities that they have been working on. You can explore the current issue of this newsletter on their website, where you will also find all of the information about the programs, financing, and the student portal.

Employers That Hire Tidewater Tech Grads

- Alco Welding and Machine
- American Steel
- Blanchard’s Tire and Auto Center
- Caliper Temp Services
- Car Masters
- Chesapeake Bay Steel
- Coastal Automotive
- Colonna’s Shipyard
- Dynamic Manufacturing
- Earl Industries
- First Team Auto Superstore
- First Team Honda
- Jonathan Corporation
- JS Floyd Company
- Lakewright Shell
- Lyon Shipyard
- Marine Hydraulics International
- Master’s Auto Care
- Metro Machine Corporation
- Mizelle Front End and Frame Services
- Moon Engineering Corporation
- Nationwide Safety Brake
- NKL Industries
- RK Chevrolet


Financial Aid

If you are serious about going to Tidewater Tech, you will have to consider where you will get the money to pay for the classes and the financial aid advisors at Tidewater Tech will help you find all of the loans, scholarships, grants and other financial help you need to pay for school. Here are some of the programs that are available to help your pay for school.


- Free Application for Federal Student Aid also known as FAFSA
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Federal Direct Students Loans
- Veterans Benefits
- Military Tuition Assistance
- Scholarships
- Scholarship Match Program
- Workforce Investment Act – Opportunity INC.
- Payment Plans
- Rehabilitative Services
- State Loans and Grants


The financial advisors will go over all of your options at your first meeting and will walk you through how to apply for them and can help you find the right ones that you might qualify for. And they can answer any questions you have about repayment and other options.