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Maintenance and Technical Trades

Specifically, aeronautical programs prepare you for three tracks in the aviation industry that lead to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licensing or certification for airframe and powerplant, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCAATT) certifications, and training in the area’s growing aircraft manufacturing sector. Other programs, such as heating and air conditioning, automotive technology and electrical line worker can lead to industry licensure as well. And the growth of the industry in the Charleston region has led to new demands for welders, industrial mechanics and electricians.

Hands-on training, state-of-the-art equipment and experienced instructors at Trident Technical College provide you with the skills and knowledge employers seek. Depending on their area of interest, maintenance and technical trade professionals can get jobs in a number of different environments, from automated manufacturing, car dealerships, repair shops, hospitals, airlines, corporations and schools to resorts, golf courses, parks and nurseries.

  • Aeronautical Technologies
  • Air Conditioning/Refrigeration
  • Automotive
  • Commercial Truck Driving
  • Electrician
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Machining
  • Mechatronics
  • Welding


Maintenance and technical trade professionals should have excellent computer skills, be good with their hands, have great eyesight and manual dexterity and be strong problem solvers and troubleshooters.

Associate Degrees

Aircraft Maintenance Technology
Commercial Graphics—Photography
General Technology - Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics
General Technology - Automotive Technology
General Technology - Avionics Maintenance Technology
General Technology - Electrical Line Worker Technology
General Technology – Electrician: Industrial and Construction
General Technology - Industrial Maintenance
General Technology - Machine Tool Technology
General Technology - Marine Engineering Technology
General Technology -Mechatronics
General Technology - Welding
Horticulture Technology
Media Arts Production - Film Production
Media Arts Production - Post Production
Media Arts Production - TV and Media Production


3D Printing Additive Manufacturing
Advanced Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics
Advanced Automation - Mechatronics
Advanced CNC Operations
Air Conditioning - Refrigeration Mechanics
Aircraft Assembly Technology
Aircraft Maintenance Airframe
Aircraft Maintenance General
Aircraft Maintenance Powerplant
Athletic Field Maintenance
Automotive Servicing
Avionics Maintenance Technology
Basic CNC Operations
Basic Electronic Journeyman I
Basic Industrial Work Skills
Civil Drafting
Commercial and Industrial ACR Systems
Commercial Truck Driving
CompTIA Systems Specialist
Computer Numeric Control Machinist
Construction Management
Digital Photography
Edible Crops
Electrical Line Worker - Advanced
Electrical Line Worker - Third Class
Electrician - Construction
Electrician - Industrial
Facilities Maintenance
Film Production
Gas Metal Arc Welding Fundamentals
Golf Course Maintenance
Industrial Mechanic
Introduction to Arc Welding
Introduction to Automotive Servicing
Landscape Design
Landscape Management
Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainable Horticulture and Landscaping
Welding Gas Metal Arc and Flux Cored Arc
Welding Gas Tungsten Arc
Welding Shielded Metal Arc

Workforce Training Courses (earn CEUs - Continuing Education Units)

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician Assistant Program
Basic CNC Operations
Certified Fiber Optics Technician and Specialist
Commercial Truck Driving (CDL)
Defensive Driving
Forklift Training
HVAC Refrigerant EPA Certification Exam
Industrial Mechanic Technician Assistant Program
Motorcycle Safety