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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, and Welding.
If you are a "visual learner" and enjoy working with your hands and tools and gain satisfaction in seeing your project completed, perhaps a career in the skilled trades is right for you.
We offer Associate Degrees in Facilities Maintenance and Welding as well as a number of certificates covering every trade and skill level.
The Associate Degree in Welding prepares individuals for careers in technical jobs supporting the welding industry. Students studying this major will acquire knowledge and skills that qualify them for commercial, industrial, and manufacturing jobs. Students will be trained in SMAW, OFW, PAC, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW for both round and flat work. Students successfully completing their degree will also have the opportunity to earn up to a LEVEL II Advanced Welder Certification through the American Welding Society.
We also offer the following welding certificates:
The American Welding Society
Level I: Entry Welder
|ATTENTION: Columbus State is also an accredited AWS Test Facility. If you have students or incumbent workforce employees who need to complete qualification and/or certification exams, please contact us by email or phone. That information is located below.|
The Associate Degree in Facilities Maintenance prepares individuals for careers in technical jobs supporting the maintenance, upkeep, and light repair of residential, commercial, and multi-family properties. Facilities maintenance requires employees have a broad range of knowledge and skills across multiple trades. The technical coursework in this program provides education and training in five technical skill areas: carpentry, electricity, plumbing, sheet metal, and welding. In addition to the technical theoretical knowledge coursework, students will study nontechnical coursework needed to provide the necessary support of this degree.
We also offer the following certificates that apply to the Facilities Maintenance program:
- Facilities Maintenance Certificate
- Carpentry Module Certificate
- Electrician Module Certificate
- Plumbing Module Certificate
- Welding Module Certificate
Facilities Maintenance Registered Apprenticeship Program
We are pleased to announce we have been approved by the Department of Labor to sponsor a Registered Apprenticeship Program for Facilities Maintenance. As with all such programs, participants who complete the required plan of study and work hours will be awarded an industry recognized credential from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Partners in Apprenticeship
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.
To help prepare you to apply for an apprenticeship position, we offer the following Apprenticeship Readiness Certificates:
- Carpenter Apprenticeship Readiness Certificate
- Electrician Apprenticeship Readiness Certificate
- HVAC Apprenticeship Readiness Certificate
- Plumbing Apprenticeship Readiness Certificate
- Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Readiness Certificate
For more information about our Apprenticeship Partnerships, please click here.
For more information, contact us at:
Design, Construction and Trades Department
Programs and Certificates