Center for Trades and Energy Training

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6170 Hughesville Station Place
Hughesville, MD 20637

Center for Trades and Energy Training at the Regional Hughesville Campus

The College of Southern Maryland plays a significant role in shaping the local economy by educating and training the future workforce and enriching the lives of Southern Maryland residents. The 30,000-square-foot Center for Trades and Energy Training (CT Building), the first building on the Regional Hughesville Campus, provides residents direct access to specialized training in career fields that have substantial growth potential.

Resources include:

  • A Welding Lab fitted with 20 welding booths
  • A Carpentry Lab outfitted with tools, materials and equipment for hands-on training
  • A fully-equipped Electrical Lab with structural building mock-up
  • An HVAC Lab complete with operational HVAC systems
  • A Plumbing Lab with resources that imitate both residential and commercial plumbing systems
  • A Core Lab, featuring basic hand and power tools for a proper introduction to a career in trades
  • A CAD lab with color plotter
  • 4 classrooms for instructional use
  • 20 computer stations
  • 1 conference room
  • A public Kitchenette with soda and snack machines
  • Maryland Center for Environment Training (MCET) administrative offices

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following projections are made for job growth between 2012 and 2022:

  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration (HVAC): Employment of HVAC mechanics and installers is projected to grow 21 percent, faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for HVAC technicians are expected to be excellent, particularly for those who have completed training at an accredited technical school or through an apprenticeship.
  • Electrical: Employment of electricians is projected to grow 20 percent. With greater efficiency and reliability of newer manufacturing  plants, demand for electricians in manufacturing should increase as more electricians are needed to install and maintain systems.
  • Construction: Overall employment of construction laborers and helpers is projected to grow 25 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Plumbing: Demand for plumbers is projected to grow 21 percent. Job opportunities are expected to be good, as some employers continue to report difficulty finding qualified workers.


CTET building with LEED awardIn 2018, the Center for Trades and Energy Training achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold designation from the U.S. Green Building Council for the building's innovative design, including its stormwater management techiniques such as water-efficient landscaping and various water use reduction methods.

The building, dedicated in spring 2017, also received high grades for its optimizing energy performance because of its use of low-emitting materials for adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring and composite wood products. As a result of the solar panels installed on the roof, CSM produces enough energy to provide lighting throughout the facility. Allowing convenient parking capacity for low-emitting vehicles also earned points for the campus. Read more.