AS in Industrial Technology

Spark advancement in your welding career by combining an associate degree from Washburn University with Welding Technology training from Washburn Tech. Welding is one of the highest paying skilled trades in the country. Demand for welders is growing and expected to explode when nearly half a million welders retire by 2024, according to the American Welding Society. Prepare yourself for steady advancement with a well-rounded education that includes more than hands-on training at Washburn Tech. By pursuing an associate degree at Washburn, you will dive deeper into areas such as communication, psychology, math and history. Set yourself apart in the industry you choose from manufacturing and construction to automotive repair. 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 a bright future.

Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary $40,780on campus

Industrial Technology Associate Degree

Students in Washburn Tech's Welding 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. Talk to an advisor in the School of Applied Studies for more information.

Why pursue an associate degree at Washburn? The courses you complete provide a well-rounded education that can enhance your opportunities in the job market. Expand your knowledge by enrolling in the following courses: 

  • 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: growing outlook
Employment of welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The nation’s aging infrastructure will require the expertise of welders, cutters, solderers and brazers to help rebuild bridges, highways and buildings. Job prospects are best for welders trained in the latest technologies and those willing to relocate.

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