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S.C. Aeronautical Training Center

To support the state’s growing advanced manufacturing cluster, Trident Technical College has constructed the S.C. Aeronautical Training Center on Thornley Campus in North Charleston. The new facility provides training for well-paying jobs in expanding advanced manufacturing industries with diverse workforces and excellent upward job mobility.

“The South Carolina Aeronautical Training Center will help sustain the state's economic expansion by supplying the highly skilled workforce required by manufacturers and related industries that have made substantial investments in our region and state.”

-Dr. Mary Thornley
 Trident Technical College

The $80 million, 218,000-square-foot facility includes a ramp, two hangars with high bays to accommodate large aircraft training aids, 22 classrooms, an advanced manufacturing lab, a mechatronics lab, 23 specialty labs, six flex-space labs, 37 faculty/staff offices, meeting spaces, a café and catering kitchen.

The training center promotes economic development in the region and, as a statewide asset, will assist the S.C. Department of Commerce in attracting more aeronautic and advanced manufacturing suppliers to the state.

This three-story facility increases Trident Tech’s capacity to provide an educated and trained pipeline of workers with the skills required now and in the future. Students on group tours can see modern advanced manufacturing training first hand.

The center houses high-tech manufacturing programs, aeronautical studies programs, engineering technology and engineering transfer courses, readySC’s Boeing training and advanced manufacturing training.

Offerings include programs leading to associate degrees and noncredit certificates as well as specialized training, apprenticeships and seminars for major manufacturers in the region and state.

An estimated 5,370 students and 120 faculty and staff will use this facility annually.

Credit Program Offerings

3D Printing
Advanced CNC Operations
Aircraft Assembly Technology
Aircraft Maintenance Technology
Avionics Maintenance Technology
Basic CNC Operations
Civil Engineering Technology
Computer Numeric Control Machinist
Electronics Engineering Technology
Engineering Transfer Degree Program to The Citadel or Clemson University
Mechanical Engineering Technology

Noncredit Offerings

Additive Manufacturing
Aeronautical Skills
Automated Manufacturing
Certified Production Technician (MSSC)
CNC Machining
Engineering Seminars (various topics)
Enhanced Composites
Nondestructive Inspection (NDI)
Quality Control

readySC Training for Boeing South Carolina

Phase I - Pre-Employment Training
Phase II - New Hire Training
Phase III - Factory Skill Enhancement

Contact Info

Gregory Cushing
S.C. Aeronautical Training Center Building Coordinator

If you have general inquiries about the South Carolina Aeronautical Training Center please email

Request a tour of the SCATC

The SCATC offers on campus and virtual tours by appointment Tuesday through Friday each week.




The South Carolina Aeronautical Training Center is proud to partner with:

Barzan Aeronautical

Boeing South Carolina

Bosch Rexroth Corporation

Clemson University

College of Charleston

Dassault Systemes

Joint Base Charleston

S.C. Aerospace Council

S.C. Fraunhofer USA Alliance

The Citadel

The InterTech Group