Industrial Technology

Lee McMains
(970) 339-6257

Department Chair:
John Mangin
(970) 339-6413

Student Success Consultant:
Sedge Southworth
Aims Applied and Environmental Technologies
(970) 378-3512

Business Outreach:
Stephanie Staudacher
Applied and Environmental Technologies


Earn your associate of applied science degree in two years and start your career right after graduation, or you can transfer to a four-year university. Or, choose a certificate and graduate after just two semesters.

The advanced manufacturing sector has hit its stride, and jobs are coming back to the U.S. Manufacturers contributed $2.09 trillion to the economy, increasing steadily from $1.73 trillion in 2009. In addition, high-tech job growth has outpaced the rest of the private sector since 2009, accounting for 1 out of every 6 private-sector jobs. This trend is expected to continue for the next decade. There is now and there will continue to be a high demand for jobs in this growth industry. For example, there are 120,000 manufacturing jobs currently available in Colorado alone.

PLCs, Lean, and LEED

The manufacturing industry is driven by programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and we continue to expand our offering in this technology. Employers are also interested in our Lean Manufacturing and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-related courses.

Essential Skills

Check out the essential skills guide which is a list of commonly encountered qualities and skills typically necessary to be successful in a particular program or area of interest.