Elevate yourself in the job market by choosing a career in advanced systems technology. As an industrial machine mechanic, Washburn Tech graduates apply their knowledge and skills to troubleshoot, repair and maintain industrial machinery and equipment to keep production lines and distribution systems running. Lost production time is lost revenue for most companies. This career can turn you into a key player in a company’s game plan.
This program, now located in a renovated lab on Washburn Tech's main campus, can prepare you to excel in the manufacturing field. You will study topics such as mechanical systems, hydraulics, controls and pneumatics. The program also includes introductory courses in welding, machine tool and robotics. Additional courses are recommended such as technical communication and computer applications. You must complete Technical Math II and physics either prior to entering the program or during your first semester. Attending full-time, you can complete the program in two semesters, while part-time and high school students can finish in four semesters. Upon completion, you may be eligible to complete an associate degree and/or transfer to Washburn University to pursue advanced degrees in related fields.
The Kansas Department of Labor projects there will be more than 5,000 advanced systems technology jobs available in the state during this decade. In 2015, an entry-level industrial machine mechanic in Shawnee County earned an average of $24.34 an hour or $50,617 annually and the average salary was $26.73 an hour or $55,589 annually.
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This program begins every January and August. Please note that dates and times are subject to change.
M-F 8:00a—11:10a (2 year pathway)
M-F 11:45a—2:55p (2 year pathway)
M-F 8:00a—2:55p (1 year pathway)
T&TH 5-8:30p & Saturdays 8:00a—3:00p (2 year pathway)