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Industrial Technology, A.O.S.

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Degree: Associate in Occupational Studies
HEGIS Code: 5312
Curriculum Code: 0583.BMET
Campus Location: North, South
Engineering & Technologies Division

Pre-Admission Recommendations: HS Diploma or GED, ACT/ASSET placement test, minimum level of competency in Math and English (Math 1)
Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences: 2 years Math
Career Opportunities/Further Education: Computer Aided Drafting, Electrician, General Technology/Manufacturing

Program Description

The Industrial Technology program can provide:

  • Custom technology degrees
  • Computerized machine tools training
  • Machine tools trades training
  • Plastics technology training
  • Industrial electricity

Quality/Manufacturing Courses

This curriculum can open career paths for recent high school graduates, dislocated workers and career changers in addition to giving industrial workers the opportunity to upgrade their skills and earn an Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degree* while employed. With a core that is generic in design, the opportunity exists to take many technical electives and customize a degree program to fit the required skills for many employee classifications, student needs and desires.

The program accounts for the trend for local industries to design and request from us course sequences that bring employee skills up to a specific level for given positions, including, but not limited to, apprenticeships. Employer identified courses may become designated electives for current and future employees while still encouraging and supporting attainment of an AOS degree. Students may select courses from any technical area of interest to them to develop – with adviser approval – a custom degree. Non-degree training is offered in high demand machine trades vocations.

A unique program attribute is the capability of granting credit (pending evaluation) for non-credit courses and workplace training programs that may not be recognized by other degree programs. The ECC life experience credit program may also be used to obtain credits.

Students interested in transferring to the State University of New York College at Buffalo should see their adviser on completing 0 – 10 credits of liberal arts electives.

* Precision Machine Tool and Plastic Injection Molding ECC pathways with Letters of Completion (approximately 30 credit hours) are available.

Goals of the program include:

  • To offer the Industrial Technology program to employees in local industry to fulfill their need for training bearing degree credit in the pursuit of career objectives
  • To offer an entry mode and career path for secondary school students who cannot go directly into apprenticeships or similar skilled positions in industry
  • To offer opportunities for dislocated workers and persons changing careers to enter new positions that would otherwise be inaccessible
  • To offer a program option that is suitable for diverse industries of the region
  • To provide a means by which local industry can meet growing needs to replace skilled tradesmen, many of whom are now or soon will be of retirement age

Special Admission Requirements/Prerequisites

All new students must meet all the criteria for admission, including but not limited to, holding a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) and taking the ACT/ASSET placement test and achieving certain levels of competency. If minimal levels of competency are not demonstrated in math and English, remedial courses may be needed to improve the students’ chances for success.

Program Competencies

Upon completion of an Associate in Occupational Studies degree in Industrial Technology, graduates will be able to:

  • Utilize industrial technology concepts and practices in current drawing standards
  • Write correctly and effectively
  • Read critically and think logically
  • Apply basic workplace computational procedures and quantitative analysis
  • Produce technical sketches and drawings
  • Illustrate knowledge of technical concepts and standards
  • Apply processes and materials used by industry
  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental manufacturing methods, industrial processes and safe use of equipment
  • Apply technical concepts, industrial processes and principles as required
  • Apply general technical drafting and design principles


Total Degree Credits: 60.0 – 62.0

Students may select from the following pathways:
General Technology custom degrees includes Quality Control, Management and Skilled Trades options

  • Computerized Machine tools
  • Machine tools trades
  • Plastics
  • Industrial electricity

All degrees require:

  1. General Education courses
  2. Technical Core courses
  3. Electives

Total for all three credit areas: 60 – 61 Credit Hours

General Education Courses

(May be modified with department approval) 18 credit hours required)

Technical Core Courses

(May be modified with department approval) 16 credit hours required

Total General Education Technical Core Courses Credit Hours = 18 cr + 16 cr = 34 cr

General Technology (Custom Degrees)

  • General Education courses (18 Credit Hours, listed above )
  • Industrial Technology core courses (16 Credit Hours listed above )
  • Technical and Liberal Arts electives selected by advisement:
    Technical electives (select 17 to 27 Credit Hours)
    Liberal Arts electives (select 0 to 10 Credit Hours)

A student may fulfill the technology elective requirement with any technology degree level course offered through the Technologies Division, subject to adviser approval. Also, students may be granted credit for non-credit courses, workplace training programs and on-the-job experience (ECC LEAP Program) per evaluation and approval of the Industrial Technology Department.

Liberal Arts Electives (select 0 to 10 cr)

Social Science/Humanities electives may be selected from any of the following courses:

AN (Anthropology), EC (Economics), GO (Government), HU (Human Services), GP (Geography), HI (History), PS (Psychology), and SO (Sociology), AT (Art), DN (Dance), DT (Drama/Theatre), FL (Foreign Language), MU (Music), PY (Philosophy).

Total Credits General Technology (Custom Degrees) 34 cr + 27 cr = 61 cr

Pathway – Machine Tools

  • General Education Courses (18 cr listed above )
  • Industrial Technology Core Courses (16 cr listed above )
  • Machine Tools Technical Core (16 cr)
  • 15 Week Program (option) (12 cr total)*
  • One Year Precision CNCMachining (option) (24 cr total)

Machine Tool Technical Electives (11 cr) Select below:

Any technical course per advisement.

Total Credits Machine Tools Pathway 34 cr + 27 cr = 61 cr

Pathway – Plastics Injection Molding

  • General Education Courses (18 cr listed above)
  • Industrial Technology Core Courses (16 cr listed above)
  • Plastics Technical Core (22 cr)

Plastics Electives Credit Hours: 4

Total Credits Plastics Injection Molding Pathway 34 cr + 26 cr = 60 cr

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