AS in Industrial Technology

Dig deeper into your career in construction by pursuing an associate degree from Washburn University and a certificate from Washburn Tech. Demand for heavy equipment operators is growing as political leaders on both the state and national levels push for increased spending on infrastructure. More roads, bridges and water lines lead to more career opportunities. By earning an associate degree, you will set yourself apart from other operators in the field. Learning more about communication, psychology, math and history adds value to the career path you pursue, from running heavy equipment to owning your own construction company. An added bonus is cost. Washburn Tech students, pursuing an eligible associate degree at Washburn, may qualify for reduced tuition. Enroll now and build a bright future for yourself.
Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $37,230on campus
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Industrial Technology Associate Degree

Students in Washburn Tech's Commercial and Heavy Construction program earn a certificate by completing 43-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.

Why pursue an associate degree at Washburn? The courses you complete serve as the building blocks for a well-rounded education.

  • 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: bright outlook
Spending on infrastructure is expected to increase, resulting in some new jobs over the next 10 years. Workers with the ability to operate multiple types of equipment should have the best job opportunities. In addition, employment opportunities should be best in metropolitan areas, where most large commercial and residential buildings are constructed, and in states that undertake large transportation-related projects.

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