SC's Competitive EDGE: Advanced Manufacturing

Trident Technical College Advanced Manufacturing


Trident Technical College (TTC) Industrial and Engineering Technology programs prepare students for a variety of jobs in advanced manufacturing. An advisory committee of local employers provides guidance on skills that are needed for employment, and labs allow students to practice the hands-on aspects of the job as well as work as part of a team.

Recognizing industry’s demand for more skilled labor in the region, coupled with a need for an alternative career pathway for high school students, community leaders in Charleston came together to establish a manufacturing sector partnership and develop the region’s first U.S. Department of Labor Youth Apprenticeship Program in 2014. The sector partnership includes high schools in all four local school districts, TTC and a consortium of industry partners. It represents a community-wide collaborative approach to developing a comprehensive career pathway that provides a seamless transition for students from secondary to post-secondary education into the skilled workforce.

Some of the local companies that employ grads: Bosch, Boeing, Hubner Manufacturing, Zeltwanger, IFA Rotorion, Scout Boats, Cummins, VTL Group, Aero Precision Products, TorqTek Design and Manufacturing.

Programs Offered

Associate Degrees

  • Mechnical Engineering Technology
  • General Technology
    Career Paths in:
    – Electrician: Automation and Industrial
    – Industrial Maintenance Mechanics
    – Machine Tool Technology
    – Welding


  • Advanced Automation: Mechatronics
  • Basic Machining and CNC Fundamentals
  • Electrician: Automated Controls
  • Electrician: Industrial
  • Industrial Mechanic
  • Mechanical Drafting
  • Welding: Gas Metal Arc and Fluxed Cored Arc
  • Welding: Gas Tungsten Arc
  • Welding: Shielded Metal Arc

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