AS in Industrial Technology

Better position yourself in one of the hottest technical career fields in the country! Combine an associate degree from Washburn University with a certificate in Climate and Energy Control Technologies (HVAC) from Washburn Tech. HVAC technicians are problem solvers who enjoy working with their hands. By pursuing an associate degree, you will learn more about communication, psychology, math and history. It is a well-rounded education that can help you stand-out in the job market whether you hope to become a residential HVAC technician or work on large commercial buildings. 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 Bright OutlookAverage Salary $49,710on campus
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Industrial Technology Associate Degree

Students in Washburn Tech's Climate & Energy Control Technologies program earn a certificate by completing 44-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 basis 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
Job opportunities for HVAC technicians are expected to be good. Candidates familiar with tablet computers and electronics, as well as those who have developed troubleshooting skills, will have the best job prospects. The Kansas Governor’s office identifies climate and energy control (HVAC) technicians among the top three most needed technical occupations in the state.

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