Career and Technical Training

Arleene Loyd, GEDC

Arleene Loyd

Executive Director
Gainesville Economic Development Corporation

Have you thought about the kind of career you want?

Not every student wants to continue their education focused on academics. Do you have an interest in how things work? If so, consider a career in manufacturing.

The manufacturing industry has evolved into a modern, highly skilled sector. The industry is advanced and requires a diverse level of skills from both men and women. It is the backbone of our community with 22% of our workforce in manufacturing roles. Skilled talent is highly valued and well compensated. The dual credit program at NCTC provides certificate and degree opportunities to learn skills that help you get started, sometimes with the support of tuition grants.

Gainesville is fortunate to have high-tech, nationally recognized manufacturing companies that serve the Aerospace, Defense, Oil & Gas, Transportation Industries, and more. Explore the many opportunities in your hometown. After all, careers start here!

“The company’s desire for continuous growth and expansion provides me with a sense of security that I have chosen a successful career.”

Brian Fleitman - Universal Machining Industries, Inc.

The Dual Credit program at NCTC provides an opportunity for eligible high school students to enroll in college-level courses to earn both college credit and high school credit simultaneously. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at NCTC are designed to prepare a student for the high-demand, high-skill careers of today’s ever-changing workplace. And many of these career choices will pay more than the jobs held by those with bachelor’s degrees. NCTC has one-year

NCTC has one-year certificate and two-year degree programs that can enable you to walk out of the classroom and into the workforce! Instructors are professionals in their field and the hands-on training equips students not only with an authentic experience with the environment, conditions, and equipment of the job but builds the communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills employers value.


A machinist uses machine tools to make or modify parts, primarily ones made of metal. As a machinist, you will be in charge of adjusting and calibrating equipment to keep it in good working order. The on-campus machining course will teach you layout blueprints, jig bore and grinder, precision measuring CNC, lathes, G codes, tool paths, and precision production, all in NCTC’s state-of-the-art lab.

The employment outlook for machinists is growing faster than average. Experienced machinists can make upwards of $20 per hour.

Industrial Mechanics

As a student of Industrial mechanics at NCTC, you will gain skills and experience in troubleshooting and repair of electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and pump systems. Graduates of this program may expect to find jobs as maintenance, repair, or service technicians for heavy equipment, hospital buildings, and commercial buildings, and industrial plants or even become an apprenticed electrician. Experienced industrial mechanics can earn upwards of $22 per hour.


Welders are listed as “targeted occupation” by local workforce boards. Demand is high for welders who can work with aluminum, stainless steel and mild metals in manufacturing and oil fields. Beginning welders often find work on assembly lines but can advance to precision welders, quality control, and sales. Experienced welders can earn upwards of $20 per hour.

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