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S.C. Aeronautical Training Center

To support the state’s growing advanced manufacturing cluster, Trident Technical College 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.

“For South Carolina to have the ability to absorb the workforce requirements of suppliers as well as Boeing, we need added capacity to train workers. This new facility will position our state to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding aerospace cluster as well as other advanced manufacturing industries.”

-Dr. Mary Thornley
 Trident Technical College

The 218,000-square-foot facility includes a ramp, two hangars with high bays to accommodate large aircraft training aids, 22 classrooms, 25 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 academic courses including high-tech manufacturing programs and Aeronautical Studies programs, readySC’s Boeing training, and advanced manufacturing training provided by the Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development.

Offerings include programs leading to associate degrees and continuing education certificates as well as specialized training 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.

Academic Program Offerings

Advanced CNC Operations
Aircraft Assembly Technology
Aircraft Maintenance Technology
Avionics Maintenance Technology
Basic CNC Operations
Composite Manufacturing Technology*
Electronics Engineering Technology
Engineering Transfer Degree Program to The Citadel or Clemson University
Machining and CNC Fundamentals
Mechanical Engineering Technology

readySC Training for Boeing South Carolina

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

Continuing Education Offerings

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

*New programs

Contact Info

Gregory Cushing
S.C. Aeronautical Training Center Building Coordinator

Emily-Elise Martin
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

Virtual tours of the SCATC are hosted live by Building Coordinators and available Tuesday through Friday by appointment.