Industrial Trades

An Industrial Trades student works with equipment at KCC's RMTC.Students who have completed 25 or more credits in any combination of Industrial Trades core curricula may earn an Industrial Trades Certificate. This program is available for students who are enrolled in multi-craft programs, company sponsored, or apprenticeship programs. This program is not eligible for financial aid.

KCC offers the following Industrial Trades credential:

  • Industrial Trades Certificate (25 credits)

For more information about KCC’s Industrial Trades Program, see:

Course Sequences

Course sequences vary in the Industrial Trades Program depending on any given student’s area of study. For information and advice on coursework to satisfy the requirements of the Industrial Trades Certificate, contact KCC’s Regional Manufacturing Technology Center at 269-965-4137 or

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer Guides are available to view opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Popular transfer destinations for KCC’s Industrial Trades students include Siena Heights University and Western Michigan University.

For additional advice on transfer opportunities, contact:

Industrial Trades Careers

Students with an education in Industrial Trades work in a variety of career fields. For more information about careers in specific Industrial Trades areas, visit the following KCC Industrial Trades Web pages:

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for industrial trades careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at

Why Study Industrial Trades at KCC?

RMTC Equipment & Facilities

Across Michigan, there are few facilities like the Regional Manufacturing Technology Center, which KCC started in 1990 as a way to serve the workforce needs of the industries that are active and growing in south central Michigan. Thanks to an ongoing commitment from the College, private employers and local, state and federal agencies, the RMTC is a premier provider of industrial and skilled-trades education with highly experienced instructors and top-notch equipment. Machinery used for training at the RMTC is similar or identical to the equipment that students will use in the workplace.

Self-Paced Learning

Because of the self-paced instructional model at the RMTC, students can move at their own pace through the modules and units. As their work and life schedules allow, they can spend as many or as few hours each week learning alongside our instructors, who are available in labs day and night.

Please see the RMTC Fall 2021 Lab Schedule for current lab hour availability.

Prior-Learning Credits

Students who hold a journeyman or U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) apprenticeship certificate are eligible to receive prior learning credits that can be applied toward a KCC certificate or degree.

Tour the RMTC

Prospective students have an open invitation to visit the RMTC to take a tour of the facility, meet instructors and learn more about individual programs.