Columbia, SC (population: 130,246) has thirteen mechanics schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Augusta Technical College, the highest ranked school in this group with a mechanics program, has a total student population of 5,028. It is the 4237th highest ranked school in the USA and the 90th highest in the state of Georgia (#1 is Emory University).
Mechanics students from Columbia schools who go on to become mechanics, aviation mechanics, mechanical engineers, auto mechanics, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 71,890 people working as mechanical drafters alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $49,790. Also, Radio mechanics make on average $42,250 per year and there are about 5,690 of them employed in the US today.
Columbia lies in Richland county, which is one of the 27 counties in South Carolina. Overall, the Columbia area has 334,600 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $18.76/hr average worker wage, and a $39,020 average annual salary.
Of the 13 mechanics schools with a 100-mile radius of Columbia, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Central Piedmont Community College comes out as the most expensive ($9,798/yr) for mechanics students, with Augusta Technical College as the lowest, reported at only $4,330/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Columbia|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||62.8 miles|
|North Augusta||SC||-||1||27.4739||4||72.2 miles|
|North Charleston||SC||99,930||3||24.6487||24||92.3 miles|