Industrial, Manufacturing & Trades

Are you unemployed, facing a downsizing, or just seeking a more rewarding and challenging job or career? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, the Industrial, Manufacturing & Trades programs may be for you.

Many of these courses have no specific educational requirements or course pre-requisites. Most of the jobs involved also pay above minimum wage with some allowing you to determine your own pay based on your dedication and commitment. Upon successful course completion, you could be on your way to that more rewarding and challenging future!


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Construction

These courses employ hands-on technical skills that can lead to available upstate jobs with above average hourly wages.

Electrical: Guide to SC Journeyman's License Exam (QJ)


NCCER (National Center for Construction and Education Research

NCCER Core Construction Introductory to Craft Skills


South Carolina Upstate Merit Shop Electrical Contractor's Scholarship Apprenticeship

The Electrical Core through Level IV program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and provides students with defined career paths in the electrical occupations industry through a combination of classroom, lab, and live work experiences. To learn more and to apply for the apprenticeship, contact Suzanne Richards, director of training, Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas, Inc. at (704) 332-7280 or email SRichards@ABCCarolinas.org.

Other courses available include

  • Hydraulic Systems Basics 
  • Pneumatics Basics 
  • Installation Of Bearings 
  • Pumps And Drivers
  • Vibration Analysis 

Contact Sam Tisdale at (864) 250-8058 or email Sam.Tisdale@gvltec.edu to learn more.

Forklift

HVAC/R

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R)

Experienced HVACR technicians can expand their business opportunities by adding the NATE certification to their professional credentials.

HVACR/NATE Service Technician CORE 
HVACR/NATE Service Technician – AC and Heat Pumps

Manufacturing Production

Manufacturing Production Technician

Earn 90 hours of entry-level advanced manufacturing training, a nationally-recognized credential and increase your employability for high-demand, well-paying industry jobs. This program is a Quick Jobs course.

Full program scholarships (valued at $899) are available to qualified applicants through Career Skills Now.

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CNC Machine Operator

Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Training

Starting salary for CNC operators range from $15 to $19 per hour.

CNC Machine Operator Level I (QJ)
CNC Machine Operator  Level II (QJ)
CNC Information Packet (PDF)


Employers may be interested in the following customized training opportunities for their workforce through our online/blended mechatronics training program: 

PRIMEed Courses (Electrical, Mechanical, Automation and Controls, & PLCs)


Coming soon!

Mechatronics Technician

Mechatronics

Become a Maintenance Technician or Mechatronics Technician with Mechatronics training. Starting salary for mechatronics technicians ranges from $15 to $19 per hour.

Mechatronics Systems I: Electrical Components (QJ)
Mechatronics Systems II: Mechanical Components (QJ)
Mechatronics Systems III: Hydraulic/Pneumatic Components (QJ)
Mechatronics Systems IV: Programmable Logic Controllers (QJ)

Plastics Technician

Entry-level training in plastics materials and processing. Ideal for the professional interested in entering the plastics industry, including engineers, managers, supply chain, sales and retail professionals. This course is also a good fit for the entry-level manufacturing technician with little to no plastics technology experience. WorkKeys Silver, some manufacturing experience, and a high school diploma and/or GED are pre-requisites for this course. Scholarship funding is available.

Starting salary for plastics technicians ranges from $10 to $14 per hour.

Plastics 101

OSHA

OSHA 10-Hour General Industry

For additional OSHA-related training, go to the Environmental, Occupational Health & Safety page.

Small Engine Technology

If you've always enjoyed tinkering with your lawn and garden equipment when it's on the blink, here is your chance to learn the mechanics of repair and how to turn those skills into a second income.  Starting salary for small engine mechanics ranges from $9 to $14 per hour.

Welding

From building bridges to aviation or aerospace, few careers come with the built-in excitement and opportunities found in professional welding.  Whether you are entry level or seeking to advance your skill set to the next level our training modules can be customized to fit your specific needs.  Our instructors are NCCER Certified and have decades of training and work experience to help you learn all of the skills needed to be competitive in today’s job market. Our welding program uses NCCER curriculum for training.  

In addition to traditional training, Economic Development and Corporate Training at Greenville Technical College offers its services to companies who utilize welders within their industry. We offer a variety of services such as:

  • skills assessments for individual workers
  • booth rentals for testing
  • welding consulting services for those in need of developing and/or qualifying weld procedure specifications (WPS)
  • procedures for setting up or maintaining a welding program. 

Our Welding Training Center at Barton Campus is located at 506 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, SC 29607 in Building 106B.
Map and directions

Starting salary for welders range from $12 to $17 per hour. 

Courses in Welding can be divided into two categories:

Courses with defined start dates 

Introduction to Welding and Metal Sculpting (QJ)
Blueprint Reading for Welders
Weld Quality

Courses that offer flexible scheduling

Experienced Welders who want to expand their career opportunities can choose between the courses below and receive 1:1 specialized classroom/hands-on training. Our flexible scheduling format allows qualified welders to schedule training Monday through Thursday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. To learn more about these welding courses please call (864) 250-8721.

Stick Welding 1 
Stick Welding 2
Stick Pipe Welding
TIG Welding 
TIG Pipe Welding 1
TIG Pipe Welding 2
TIG/Stick Pipe Welding
Aluminum TIG Welding 
MIG Welding 1
MIG/Flux Cored Welding
Welding Bootcamp(QJ)
Pipe Welding Boot Camp (QJ)
Welding Refresher (Booth Rental)

 

WorkKeys Assessment