Industrial Technology General Studies Associate in Applied Science (Associate in Applied Science, 2020-2021)

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science

Program Description


Explores a wide range of skill development, helps to improve knowledge of technology, and helps enhance employment opportunities in areas such as Energy Technology, Automotive, Manufacturing, Architecture/Construction, HVAC, Renewable Energy, Power Engineering, Welding, Drafting, Machining and CNC, and Electrical Technology. A flexible Industrial Technology degree where students can obtain experience in multiple technologies and develop applied skills that are demonstrated through learning outcomes validated by industry. This degree can be combined with certificate programs and degrees in other areas and is also intended for Apprentices for the purpose of degree completion.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Develop safe working habits with advanced technology tools & equipment.
  2. Apply digital skills in the application of different advanced technologies.
  3. Apply quantitative skills in the application of different advanced technologies.
  4. Demonstrate technological literacy of different advanced technologies through vocabulary, terminology and applications.
  5. Develop appropriate communications tools and strategies for different advanced technological applications.

Occupational Exposure/Risk

Health and safety hazards for working in the advanced technological workplace typically fall into one of six general categories as listed below:

  1. Biological: This depends on the workplace itself, and can be related to the specific manufactured goods being produced that one may encounter biological hazards.
  2. Chemical: This depends upon the workplace itself where fumes can be present as a result of manufacturing processes and procedures. Where Welding occurs fumes normally contain oxides of the materials being welded and of the electrodes being used. Care should be taken when working near these fumes as health effects can be both immediate, or occur at a later time. Welders also often work with and around:
    • Flammable and combustible liquids
    • Compressed gases
    • Asbestos
  3. Ergonomic: Many injuries to industrial workers are the result of strains, sprains and work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). Industrial and technological service workers often have to:
    • Lift or move heavy objects.
    • Work in awkward positions for long periods of time.
    • Perform repetitive motions.
    • See OSHA answers document on welding - ergonomics for more information.
  4. Physical: Industrial workers can be exposed to:
    • Excessive noise levels.
    • Excessive heat or cold.
    • Electromagnetic fields.
    • Laser light.
    • Radiation.
    • Welding arcs and flames can emit intense visible (VIS), ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) radiation. Gamma- or x-rays can be emitted by inspection equipment or welding machines. Skin and eye damage such as welder's eye or cataracts can result to certain types of radiation.
  5. Safety: Industrial workers including Welders often have to work:
    • At heights.
    • In confined spaces.
    • Could experience electrical shock or electrocution.
    • Other safety hazards include:
      • Flying particles which can enter the eye or skin.
      • Cuts and stabs from sharp metal edges.
      • Injury from other equipment (e.g., using power tools such as grinders, chippers, drills, etc.).
      • Slips, trips or falls due to location or environment near the job.
      • Burns from hot surfaces, flames, sparks, etc.
      • Fires from sparks, flames or hot metals (a special situation includes when the surrounding atmosphere becomes oxygen enriched and thus easier to ignite.) Fires may also result from flashbacks or equipment failure. Please note that clothes soiled with oils or grease can burn more easily. In addition, sleeves or cuffs that are folded or rolled up can catch sparks and increase the risk of fire.
  6. Psychological: Work demands and deadlines may contribute to stress felt on the job. In addition, some industrial workers may be required to work shifts or extended work days which can have health effects.

General Education

Category 2: English Composition or Communications
Complete any one.
Category 3: Mathematics
Complete any one.
Category 4: Social Sciences
Complete any one.
Credit Hours

See General Education Requirements for details.

Degree-Specific Requirements

Computer Technology: Complete any one
Credit Hours

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses
Course name Credit Hours

Industrial Technology: Complete 33 credits from:

  • Architecture/Construction Trades (ACT)
  • Automotive (AUTO)
  • Building Sciences (BLDE)
  • Center for Innovative Manufacturing: Electricity/Electronics (CIMEL), Hydraulics/Pneumatics (CIMHP), Manufacturing Machine Tool (CIMMT), Manufacturing Drafting/CAD (CIMPR), Trade & Apprenticeship (CIMTA), Welding (CIMWD)
  • Industrial Drafting (DRAF)
  • Electrical/Electronics (ELEC)
  • Energy Technology (ENT)
  • Engineering Technology (ENGT)
  • Maintenance Trades (MFMT)
  • Machine Tool Technology (MTT)
  • Plumbing and Pipefitting (PLMB)
  • Power Engineering and Facilities Tech. (PEFT)
  • Renewable Energy (REEN)
  • Trade and Apprentice Education: Electrical (TAEL), Foundation (TAFD), Fluid Power (TAFP), Graphic Design (TAGD), Industrial Materials (TAIM), Journey Person (TAJP), Mathematics (TAMA), Material Joining (TAMJ), Manufacturing (TAMN), Developmental (TADV), Maintenance Technology (TAMT), Process Instrumentation (TAPI), Plumbing/Pipefitting (TAPP), Process Tech. Practices (TAPT), Sheet Metal (TASM)
Credit Hours: 33
Required Support Courses
Course name Credit Hours
ENG-131: Introduction to College Writing 3.00
Credit Hours: 3

Complete additional 100-level, or higher, credits to complete this degree.

Elective Hours
Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2017 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.