Industrial Craft Programs

Hands-on Training

Enroll in a hands-on program in HVAC, mechanical maintenance, CNC machinist or welding. Each program helps you increase your skills to enter or advance in the workforce quickly. Industry professionals advise each program so you gain the skills that employers seek, and you will receive a certificate that is recognized in industry.


Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning

The Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board projects that by 2022 opportunities for HVAC technicians and installers will increase 25.7 percent. The average hourly wage is $19.84. Completers of the Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Program may find employment in:

  • Residential Homes and Apartments
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Hotel and Motels
  • Hospitals
  • Restaurants
  • Manufacturing and Production Facilities

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Electrical

Electricians are in high demand. By 2020 opportunities for electricians will increase by 8.3 percent along the Gulf Coast, according to the Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board. Job prospects for electricians are very good, as many employers report difficulty finding qualified applicants. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016)

The median hourly wage for electricians is $21.71 and for electrician apprentices is $14.82. (Department of Labor, 2016)

Graduates may work in many industries:

  • Electrical Contractors
  • Energy Providers
  • Power Plants
  • Commercial and Industrial Construction Sites
  • Energy Exploration Organizations

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Instrumentation

With growing job opportunities, instrumentation technicians and helpers work with systems in refineries, commercial environments, manufacturing facilities and electrical plants.

The median hourly wage for instrumentation technicians is $25.04 with entry-level helper positions starting at $15.77 per hour. (Source: CareerOneStop, 2015)

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Mechanical Maintenance Technician

Opportunities for mechanical maintenance technicians, industrial machinery mechanics and millwrights will increase 41 percent by 2022. The average hourly wage is $23.15. Completers of the Mechanical Maintenance Technician Program may find employment in:

  • Petrochemical Plants and Refineries
  • Manufacturing and Production Facilities
  • Energy Exploration Facilities
  • Construction Sites
  • Machine and Fabrication Shops
  • Power Plants

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Machinist – Manual

The Gulf Coast industries are investing billions of dollars in capital improvements throughout the Texas coast area. With our proximity to the Gulf Coast, home to over 200 chemical plants and to the largest petrochemical complex in the world, COM provides training that supports these industry demands.

The Gulf Cost Workforce Development Board projects that by 2022 opportunities for manual machinist will increase 37.7 percent. The average hourly wage is $19.88, with entry-level positions starting below that rate. (Source: Workforce Solutions, 2016).

Completers of the Manual Machinist program may find entry level employment in the following business sectors:

  • Petrochemical and Refineries
  • Manufacturing and Production
  • Machine and Fabrication Shops

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Machinist – CNC

The Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board projects that by 2022 opportunities for CNC machinist will increase 49.7 percent. The average hourly wage is $19.18. Completers of the Manual Machinist Program may find entry-level employment in:

  • Petrochemical Plants and Refineries
  • Manufacturing and Production Facilities
  • Machine and Fabrication Shops

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Welding

Working with artistic precision, welders possess high-level skills that many companies, especially those in manufacturing, compete to employ. The overall employment of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers in the Gulf Coast from 2011 to 2020 is projected to grow 26.7 percent.

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