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Skilled Trades

Taking on a Technical Trade

Skilled Trades

Preconceived notions of what it looks like to be a mechanic or electrician? Think again. Think high-paying jobs with high-powered equipment. Think hands-on careers fueled by passionate people. And, think opportunities for advancement. The Upstate is growing. Grow with it in a career in skilled trades. Wondering where to start? Browse the career paths below to find your fit, and enroll in a program from one of Upstate SC’s four technical colleges. You’ll be job-ready in 12 months or less.

  • Total Jobs



  • Projected Upstate Job Growth


    (Next 5 Years)

  • Change in Jobs



  • 3,427

    Upstate Employers

  • 1 in 26

    Employed in this Sector in the Upstate

  • Welder
  • Electrician
  • Automotive/Diesel Technician + Mechanic
  • HVAC Technician
  • Industrial Maintenance Worker


Interested in metalwork? Shape your future in this promising profession.

High-End Earners (Top 10%) in the Upstate: $66,655


No two days look the same for an electrician, as each project brings exciting new challenges. Turn on the lights to this bright career path.

High-End Earners (Top 10%) in the Upstate: $66,119

Automotive/Diesel Technician + Mechanic

Turn your passion for cars and trucks into a lucrative career. Ignite your future with a training certificate.

High-End Earners (Top 10%) in the Upstate: $60,102

HVAC Technician

Looking for job security? Join a profession we depend on for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.

High-End Earners (Top 10%) in the Upstate: $61,387

Industrial Maintenance Worker

Solution-oriented with a knack for working with your hands? Perfect. Industrial Maintenance is for you.

High-End Earners (Top 10%) in the Upstate: $75,620

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From big name companies to small businesses, there are plenty of employers in Upstate South Carolina waiting to hire you.

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