AS in Industrial Technology

A well-rounded education can help you shape a more successful career in manufacturing. Machinists create precise mechanical parts and tools used in every industry from automobile production to surgical devices. By combining an associate degree from Washburn University with machine/tool training from Washburn Tech, you learn more than hands-on, technical training. You gain knowledge in areas such as math, history, psychology and communication. These skills add value to any career path you choose. 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 your future.

Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary $40,970on campus
machine tool student in the lab

Industrial Technology Associate Degree

Students in Washburn Tech's Machine/Tool Technology program earn a certificate by completing 48-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 an integral part of 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 sasadvising@washburn.edu.

Jobs & Opportunities

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook
Employment of machinists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. With improvements in technologies, such as computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, autoloaders, high-speed machining, and lights-out manufacturing, machinists will still be required to set up, monitor and maintain these systems.

Experienced Salary

$48,360

Projected Job Openings

142
(annually)

Projected Job Growth

+4%

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