Manufacturing Training at Greenville Technical College

Manufacturing is hiring. Get qualified.

The U.S. is the world’s largest manufacturing economy. According to The Manufacturing Institute, manufacturing job gains in South Carolina are up 8.6% - the highest in the Southeast - and there has been a 19% increase in manufacturing's contribution to the state's economy. Yet there’s a shortage of people qualified to fill the openings.

Greenville Technical College offers the training you need to qualify, and in many cases, you can work for leading area companies while you complete an education these employers have designed to fit their needs.

We offer training for these and other positions needed by manufacturers.


Mechatronics Technician

What you'll do:
Operate, test, and maintain unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electro-mechanical equipment.

What you'll earn:
Average wage: $21.97/hour

Greenville Technical College programs that get you there:

  •  Mechatronics Technology
    Mechatronics Technology Associate Degree – two years
    Industrial Electricity Certificate – one year
    Mechatronics I Certificate – one year
    Mechatronics II Certificate – one year

CNC Machinist

What you'll do:
Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.

What you'll earn:
Average wage: $18.78/hour

Greenville Technical College programs that get you there:

  • CNC Program
    CNC Associate Degree - two years 
    CNC Programmer Certificate – one year
    Advanced CNC Programmer Certificate – one year 
    CNC Machine Operator Certificate – one year 
  • Continuing education options 
    CNC Machine Operator - short-term job training course
    South Carolina Manufacturing Certification - Quick Jobs with a Future course


What you'll do:
Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

What you'll earn:
Average wage: $18.10/hour

Greenville Technical College programs that get you there:

  • Welding
    Welding Certificate – one year
    Robotic Welding Fundamentals Certificate – two semesters
    Specialized Welding Certificate – one semester
  • Continuing education options
    Welding Bootcamp – short-term job training course
    Pipe Welding Bootcamp – short-term job training course
    Intro to Welding and Metal Sculpting - Quick Jobs with a Future course
    Blueprint Reading for Welders - short-term job training course
    Weld Quality – short-term job training course

Mechanical Engineering Technician

What you'll do:
Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, and test machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

What you'll earn:
Average wage: $24.56/hour

Greenville Technical College program that gets you there:

Electronics Engineering Technician

What you'll do:
Lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, applying principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing, and physics.

What you'll earn:
Average wage: $25.93/hour

Greenville Technical College programs that get you there:

Not sure which is right for you?

Trying to figure out where you belong in the manufacturing field? Here are some tips that could help.

  • If you're a numbers person and you enjoy any project that requires precision, the CNC Machine Operator program, which covers basic machine tool operations and moves on to more advanced computer numerical control tools may be the career path for you. Learn more about our CNC Machine Operator certificate and other options in our CNC Program.
  • If you like to be right in the middle of the action, consider the Basic Machine Operations program that takes you out of the office and onto the shop floor. You'll learn to use basic hand tools and precision measuring instruments to make and repair products from a variety of materials. Learn more about our Basic Machine Operations certificate and other options in our Machine Tool Program.
  • If you've never met a problem you couldn't solve and you love the idea of being the fixer, consider a career as a high tech problem solver with our Mechatronic Systems certification. You'll learn to recognize maintenance and safety issues and to apply troubleshooting strategies. Learn more in our Mechatronics program or continuing education options.
  • If you're one of those people who always searches for a way to work smarter, the Production Technician program, which covers quality management, safety systems, maintenance and more, may be for you. Learn more about our Production Technology options or continuing education options.

Center for Manufacturing Innovation

CMI logoAdvanced courses in CNC, Machine Tool and Mechatronics are taught at Greenville Technical College’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI), located on the Millennium Campus adjacent to CU-ICAR at I-85 and Laurens Road. 

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Gainful Employment

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information.