Industrial Technology Careers

Some of our region’s highest-paying, fastest-growing jobs are opening in Industrial Technology with companies that are building our future.

Aircraft Mechanic &
Service Technician

Aircraft Mechanic and Service Technician student working on a part from an aircraft.

As an Aircraft Mechanic and Service Technician, you will work to keep planes and helicopters in top flying condition – and keep pilots, passengers and cargo safe – by diagnosing, repairing or overhauling aircraft engines and assemblies.

Where You'll Work
  • Aircraft Manufacturers
  • Air Carriers
  • Repair Stations
  • Fixed Base Operators
  • Flight Schools
  • Government Aviation
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Aviation Systems Technology2 years
  • Airframe Maintenance Diploma4 semesters
  • Powerplant Maintenance Diploma4 semesters
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $34,000

  • Median

    $53,000

  • Experienced

    $63,000

Job Outlook

+11%

Qualifications

An associate degree from COA, along with industry certifications, will make you equally or better qualified than 89.5% of current Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians.

Computer Aided Drafter

Two Computer Aided Drafting students working together at a computer desk.

Working hand-in-hand with architects and engineers, Computer Aided Drafters use computer software to translate architectural designs into three-dimensional drawings and technical plans, helping to design everything from buildings and bridges to machines and electronics.

Where You'll Work
  • Consulting Firms
  • Industrial Design
  • Construction
  • Civil Engineering Groups
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting Technology4 semesters
  • Computer-Aided Drafting Technology Diploma 4 semesters
  • Computer-Aided Drafting Technology Certificate2 semesters
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $34,000

  • Median

    $51,000

  • Experienced

    $75,000

Job Outlook

+7%

Qualifications

Earning an associate's degree at COA will make you equally or better qualified than 72.5% of current Drafters.

Machinist

Machinist doing metal work.

Machining is at the base of all manufacturing. You’ll use your hands to set up and operate manual machines, program computerized numerical control (CNC) machine tools and read engineering drawings to create precision parts and assemblies.

Where You'll Work
  • Machine Fabrication
  • Manufacturing
  • Specialty Machining
  • Industrial Design
  • Small Business
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Computer Integrated Machining Diploma3 semesters
  • Computer Integrated Machining - Certificate I1 semester
  • Computer Integrated Machining - Certificate II2 semesters
  • Computer Integrated Machining - Advanced Certificate4 semesters
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $23,000

  • Median

    $38,000

  • Experienced

    $55,000

Job Outlook

+8%

Qualifications

A diploma or advanced certificate from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 86.3% of current Machinists.

Electrical Technician

Electrical Technician student working on equipment.

As an Electrical Technician, you will interpret blueprints and technical drawings to install, maintain, test, and repair the electrical systems and electronics that power our homes, our factories, our cities, our hospitals, our entire infrastructure.

Where You'll Work
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation Industry
  • Residential Electricians
  • Utilities
  • Commercial Electricians
  • Industrial Manufacturing
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Electrical Systems Technology Diploma2 semesters
  • Electrical Systems Technology Certificate - Level I1 semester
  • Electrical Systems Technology Certificate - Level II1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $32,000

  • Median

    $53,000

  • Experienced

    $74,000

Job Outlook

+6%

Qualifications

A diploma or certificate from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 63.9% of current Electrical Technicians.

Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer (HVAC Technician)

HVAC Technician student working under supervision of his instructor.

In one of the state’s fasting-growing industrial technology careers, Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers – HVAC Technicians, for short – install, repair and maintain the heating, ventilation, cooling and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings.

Where You'll Work
  • Residential HVAC
  • Commercial HVAC
  • Government Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Factories
  • Schools
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology (HVAC Technology) Diploma2 semesters
  • HVAC Technology Certificate - Level I1 semester
  • HVAC Technology Certificate - Level II1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $26,000

  • Median

    $39,000

  • Experienced

    $58,500

Job Outlook

+31%

Qualifications

A diploma or certificate from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 83% of current HVAC Technicians.

Welder and Cutter

Welding Program

Welders and Cutters are expert craftsmen who use a variety of hand-held arc welding, flame-cutting and oxy-fuel welding tools to cut, fabricate, and weld metal parts and products to exact specifications.

Where You'll Work
  • Construction
  • Machine Fabrication
  • Manufacturing
  • Industrial Quality Control
  • Small Business
COA Programs

COA Programs

  • Welding Technology Diploma1 year
  • Welding Technology - Basic Certificate1 semester
  • Welding Technology - Advanced Certificate1 semester
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Salary in NC


  • Entry

    $26,000

  • Median

    $37,000

  • Experienced

    $54,000

Job Outlook

+8%

Qualifications

A diploma or certificate from COA will make you equally or better qualified than 92.2% of current Welders and Cutters.

COA Industrial Technology Programs

Associate Degrees

Associate Degrees

  • Associate in Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting Technology
  • Associate in Applied Science in Aviation Systems Technology
Diplomas

Diplomas

  • Welding Technology Diploma
  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology (HVAC Technology) Diploma
  • Electrical Systems Technology Diploma
  • Computer Integrated Machining Diploma
  • Computer-Aided Drafting Technology Diploma
  • Airframe Maintenance Diploma
  • Powerplant Maintenance Diploma
Certificates

Certificates

  • Welding Technology Diploma
  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology (HVAC Technology) Diploma
  • Electrical Systems Technology Diploma
  • Computer Integrated Machining Diploma
  • Computer-Aided Drafting Technology Diploma
  • Airframe Maintenance Diploma
  • Powerplant Maintenance Diploma

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