Helping Manufacturing Thrive

As a workforce development leader in the Upstate for more than five decades, Greenville Technical College launches a new dynamic collaboration between education, industry and community partners at the Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI). Building upon an educational partnership with Clemson University, CMI was crafted with key input and guided by strong support from area manufacturers. Together, through this unique collaboration, we are working to connect a supremely qualified workforce with leading industry talent needs, so that our local industry will be more globally competitive and our community will continue to thrive.


Research and Workforce Development

Automotive Manufacturing Research

CMI houses advanced manufacturing research space for faculty and staff of Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). This space will be jointly used by Greenville Technical College students and faculty, working with Clemson University, to further the state-of-the-art in automobile manufacturing. Areas of research and workforce development include robotics, vehicle assembly and composite materials.

Collaborative Projects

Students in Greenville Technical College’s mechatronics and machine tool technology programs have the opportunity to engage in “creative inquiry” classes, partnering with students from Clemson University’s engineering programs and industry sponsors on real-world manufacturing challenges. These projects give students valuable interaction with global manufacturers, exposes them to advanced manufacturing technology, and imparts valuable project management and teamwork skills.

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute

Greenville Technical College and Clemson University are the co-lead institutions in the southeast for the national Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute. Goals for this $253 million project aimed at creating 510,000 new manufacturing jobs include increasing worker productivity by 30 percent and making robots more accessible to small and medium-sized businesses.





Experiential Learning Options


Michelin Technical Scholars

Earn on-the-job training and valuable experience at one of the world’s leading companies.

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Bosch Rexroth Mobile Hydraulics Lab

Bosch Rexroth sponsors apprentices in Machine Tool Technology as well as Mechatronics.

More about the partnership >


GE Gas Turbine Apprenticeship Programs

Develop in-demand skills and get hands-on experience working in a manufacturing environment.

More about the GE Apprentice Programs >


Bausch + Lomb Tech Scholars Program

Hands-on work experience at one of the most respected healthcare companies in the world.

More about the Bausch + Lomb program >


BMW Scholars Program

Gain invaluable work experience at BMW's only U.S. automotive plant.

More about the BMW Scholars Program >

Industry Support

  • CMI is home to the Haas Factory Outlet for the region.  Haas Automation is a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing.  The Gene Haas Foundation has generously supported Greenville Technical College and CMI with an endowed fund for scholarships and continuing operations.
  • Renishaw is a world leader in precision metrology and additive manufacturing.  Renishaw has partnered with CMI to offer a number of advanced technologies for the benefit of our students and local industry.  These technologies include state-of-the-art coordinate measuring machine probes, shop-floor automated gaging systems, and an additive manufacturing system.

  • Bosch Rexroth has supported CMI from the very beginning and features a mobile hydraulics lab and hydraulics simulation lab housed at CMI.  These equipment are excellent examples of products manufactured locally in Fountain Inn and offer students access to the best hydraulics equipment on the market.

  • As the world leader in electrical discharge (EDM) machining, GF Machining has partnered with CMI to offer an AgieCharmilles FORM 20 sinker EDM on consignment.  Students in the machine tool technology program will have the opportunity to learn this and wire EDM machining at CMI.

  • Phillips is a global supplier of manufacturing technology products and services primarily focused on CNC machine tools.  CMI is home to the Phillips Corp. regional CNC showroom and houses Phillips sales and applications engineering functions.


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