A variety of hands-on careers are included in this area. Work for a large company, small business or open your own company. Choose from certificates, degrees and short-term training to prepare you for the workplace.

Automotive Technology

Do you like working with cars? Are you organized and detail-oriented? If so, a career in the automotive industry would be a great choice for you. The automotive service industry is one of the largest industries worldwide. The size and diversity of the industry offer many opportunities for interesting, challenging and rewarding careers. Continuing technological changes in the industry demand the automotive technician continue to learn and update knowledge and skills.


The Central Texas College Aviation Science department utilizes 14 aircraft and three flight training devices to help students achieve their goals in aviation.  The Aviation department averages 80 -100 active students in the flight program.


A blacksmith is a tradesman who fabricates objects out of iron by hot and cold forging on an anvil. Students will be trained in metallurgy on selecting tools, basic tool making and forging, building simple projects, designs, techniques and history. This is a short-term continuing education (non-credit) program.

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD)

If you are creative and detail-oriented, a career in drafting and design may be the perfect fit for you. Skilled drafters translate ideas into accurate, detailed drawings throughout the design or manufacturing process. From architecture to manufactured products, drafters play a key role in translating ideas into the final product.

Construction Trades

A career in the building and construction trades can be a rewarding experience. In addition to excellent pay and benefits, construction offers an opportunity to work outside, work with your hands and work as part of a team.

Diesel Technology

The diesel industry is one of the largest industries worldwide. There is a very high demand for diesel technicians in industrialized countries. If you are organized, love working with your hands and enjoy solving problems, then a career as a diesel technician may be a great choice for you.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Refrigeration Technology

Are you organized and detail-oriented? Do you like working outdoors? If so, a career in heating and air conditioning might be a great choice for you. Those with the ability to master the fundamental in mechanical and electrical theory, maintenance and troubleshooting will find this career very rewarding.  

Truck Driving

The Central Texas College Professional Truck Driving program is a non-credit, Continuing Education program that provides the student with personalized instruction with a curriculum designed to give the student the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career in truck driving. Classroom and hands-on instruction are provided by professional, experienced and trained instructors. The program is taught at the CTC central campus in partnership with ATDS Truck Driving School in Killeen, Texas. This is a short-term continuing education (non-credit) program.

Welding Technology

Welding is more than a 9-to-5 job; it’s a challenging, yet, rewarding career for the self-motivated, driven and artistically talented. As a trained and experienced welder, a variety of exciting doors can open for you such as lucrative employment options, flexibility in location and additional skills training and certifications. The endless possibilities make a career in welding an exceptional profession and lifestyle that cannot be matched by other industries.