SC's Competitive EDGE: Aerospace Industry

Building Aerospace Training Capacity Across the State

Trident Technical College

The SC Technical College System is committed to supporting the state’s growing aerospace cluster. To prepare for the escalation of training needed to provide a skilled workforce, Trident Technical College (TTC) will construct the S.C. Aeronautical Training Center on its Main Campus in North Charleston.

The $79 million facility will increase capacity to provide training for well-paying jobs in expanding advanced manufacturing industries that have diverse workforces and excellent upward job mobility. Barring delays, the college anticipates construction will be completed in 2019.

The S.C. Aeronautical Training Center will house the college’s Aeronautical Studies academic programs as well as aeronautical training offered by the college’s Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development and readySC™. The new facility will add more training space and increase efficiency by consolidating classrooms and labs now distributed across two campuses and five buildings into one location.

“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,” said Dr. Mary Thornley, president of Trident Technical College.

TTC’s Aeronautical Studies programs currently prepare students for three tracks in the aviation industry: Aircraft Maintenance Technology (ACM), Aircraft Manufacturing (AMF) and Avionics Technology. These programs have helped TTC students gain employment with a variety of aerospace organizations, including:

• AMT South Carolina
• Boeing
• Cummins Diesel
• Lockheed Martin
• PSA Airlines
• Safran Labinal
• U.S. Army

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