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Skilled Trades

April Hankinson

April Hankinson

"... to actually get out there and learn these applications, you learn so much more that way."

Perhaps now more than ever, skilled trades craftsmen are in high demand.  More than just training students for a job, we educate you in preparation for a career in the following skilled trades:

  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Sheet metal
  • Welding

We offer Associate Degrees in Facilities Maintenance and Welding.  In addition, we also offer a number of certificates covering every trade and skill level.  A full list is available is available by clicking the Plan of Study choice.

If you are a "visual learner" and enjoy working with your hands and tools and gain great satisfaction in seeing your project completed, perhaps a career in the skilled trades is right for you.

For more information about our Skilled Trades programs, please contact an advisor or faculty.

In addition to our traditional Open Enrollment degrees and certificates, Columbus State also partners with a number of Registered Apprenticeships across the state.  Enrollment in these programs is restricted to individuals who have been interviewed by one of our apprenticeship partners and accepted as an apprentice in their program.

Apprentices in these programs combine their apprenticeship technical skills and coursework with General Education and Basic Related courses to earn an Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Technical Science, and/or Certificates in Skilled Trades, Specific to their Skilled Trade.

Partnership majors currently available include: Electrician, Carpentry, Low Volt, Millwright, Operating Engineer, Plumbing, and Sheet Metal.  Majors forthcoming include Mechanical Environmental Service Technician.

For more information regarding our Apprenticeship Partnerships, please click here.

For other questions related to the Design, Construction and Trades programs, please contact us by email at or call (614) 287-5949.