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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 by clicking the Plan of Study choice.

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 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: welding, carpentry, electricity, plumbing, and heating/air conditioning. In addition to the technical theoretical knowledge coursework, students will study nontechnical coursework needed to provide the necessary support of this technical degree.

We also offer the following certificates that apply to the Facilities Maintenance program:

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.

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:

 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.

Accredited by:

The American Welding Society

  • Level I: Entry Welder
  • Level II: Advanced Welder