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Technology Management (A.A.S.)

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A.A.S. Degree

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science Technology Management is a program designed to provide recognition for work and life experience while assisting individuals with entrance into an entry level technology field and preparation for career advancement or change. The program is highly individualized and flexible. As many as 30 credits may be awarded for work and life experience including military experience, trade/proprietary school preparation, apprenticeship programs, structured on-the-job training, and transfer credits. Fifteen technical credits will be awarded to graduates of career and technology centers. This degree program provides both a broad scope of technical skills applicable to technician employment in appropriate industry or service companies and management courses to assist in career advancement.

A core foundation including communication, math, science, and management is combined with specialized study areas relative to student/employer interest. Program opportunities exist for graduates as entry level technicians or for skill advancement of currently employed personnel in technical fields.

This program is best suited for students interested in technology and open to new ideas and new and changing career fields and those interested in acquiring management skills.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic management and leadership principles.
  2. Develop strong communication and critical thinking skills.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to solve complex problems/issues.
  4. Advance in a career, building on already acquired skills and competencies.

Obtaining the Degree

To earn the Associate of Applied Science degree, students must:

  • Matriculate into the program
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements, including General Education and Major Requirements. 

Career Opportunities

This program prepares students for employment in the following career and technical fields and others depending on the nature of the student’s prior experience: 

  • Automotive/Diesel Service Supervisor
  • Construction First Line Supervisor
  • Computer Specialist  
  • Industrial Maintenance 
  • Mechanical Drafter/Designer
  • Plumbing and HVAC/R Specialist
  • Machining/Production Supervisor 
  • Materials/Transportation Management and Logistics 
  • Welding/Welding Supervisor

Technical Electives

Select five courses from any of the following groups below as technical electives. They are grouped into areas of interest, which may be beneficial to employment and/or transfer, but do not have to be taken together to complete the degree requirements.

Typical Sequence of Courses

Nanotechnology Option

This option combines four semesters of instruction in the fundamentals of Technology at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College with a fifth semester at the Nanofabrication Facility at Penn State’s Research Park, on the University Park campus in State College. The courses in the fifth semester are taught utilizing a class 10 cleanroom with state-of-the-art equipment.

Nanotechnology Career Opportunities

  • Career opportunities exist in three areas:
  • Manufacturing Associates/Operators
  • Equipment Process Technicians
  • Facilities Maintenance Technicians

To qualify for the Nanotechnology (NMT) Program a student must be recommended by the faculty member in charge of the NMT Program and must possess the following qualities:

  • Have a history of course completion.
  • Demonstrate maturity.
  • Have good interpersonal skills.
  • Have no history of disciplinary problems.
  • Work well with others.
  • Have shown a genuine interest in the NMT field and be registered as a nanofabrication student.
  • Complete the required prerequisites.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA

Nanotechnology Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able:

  • To demonstrate leadership skills based on a sense of professional and personal integrity, self-esteem, and willingness to receive and give constructive praise and criticism.
  • To apply information literacy skills.
  • To demonstrate strong communications and critical thinking skills, including reading, writing, organizing, evaluating, problem solving, editing, and presenting skills.
  • To demonstrate skills in mathematics and logic applied to technology.
  • Operate nanofabrication processing equipment with a focus on safety, environmental and health issues.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the materials handling procedures related to advanced electronic and manufacturing technologies.
  • Identify material and physical hazards associated with basic semiconductor processing equipment.
  • Communicate advanced technical concepts in an oral, written, and graphical form.
  • Use the computer in reporting, analyzing, and researching technical information.
  • Provide an active problem-solving link between engineers and production personnel.
  • Record relevant information in a working lab notebook.
  • Identify industries using nanofabrication technology such as opto-electronics, biomedical, sensors, flat panel displays, information storage, micro-electromechanical devices, micro-fluidics, solar cells, and microelectronics.


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