AS in Industrial Technology

Accelerate your career in the automotive repair industry by pursuing both an associate degree from Washburn University and an Auto Collision Repair certificate from Washburn Tech. This field offers a wide range of opportunities from working in an auto body repair shop or even owning your own business. You also could pursue a career in sales or become an estimator. By earning an associate degree, you will learn more about communication, psychology, math and history. An added bonus is the cost. Washburn Tech students, pursuing an eligible associate degree at Washburn, may qualify for reduced tuition. Enroll now and make a wise investment in yourself and your future.

Career Forecast Stable OutlookAverage Salary $37,950on campus
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Industrial Technology Associate Degree

Students in Washburn Tech's Auto Collision program earn a certificate by completing 51-credit hours on the Washburn Tech campus. To earn an associate degree at Washburn, students complete an additional 27-credit hours on the main campus. You must begin working on your associate degree within six years of the Washburn Tech certificate date. You also must complete Washburn's associate degree requirements within six years of your start date at Washburn. Some Washburn University courses may have prerequisites or require placement scores. Check with an advisor from the School of Applied Studies for more information.

Why pursue an associate degree at Washburn? The courses you complete serve as the base for a well-rounded education and combine to enhance your job opportunities in the field.

  • Technology courses will introduce you to the development of technology and its impact on today's world.
  • Communication courses will help you better communicate with employers, employees and people in general.
  • Psychology courses will help you better understand people's actions.
  • English courses will assist in writing a resume or in an office setting.
  • Music and/or art courses help relay the benefits of relaxation and hobbies.
  • Math courses will boost your skills when taking measurements and making calculations.
  • History and political courses explore what is happening around the globe and how you can participate.
One of the top benefits is the cost! Students who are concurrently enrolled in 12-credit hours at Washburn Tech are eligible for reduced tuition while completing their associate degree at Washburn University. To ensure you enroll in eligible courses, check with the WU School of Applied Studies advisor for more information at

Jobs & Opportunities

CAREER FORECAST: stable outlook
Overall employment of automotive body and glass repairers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2019 to 2029. The best opportunities will be available for those with industry certification and training in automotive body repair and refinishing as well as collision repair.

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