Program Description

The Technical Studies Associate Degree program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of positions in today's technical industry fields. This program offers students learning opportunities that develop higher level academic skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. It is specifically open to students who have already completed another approved technical or industrial program of study. The program emphasizes a continuation of technical studies theory and practical applications necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Technical Studies and will be qualified for employment as technicians.

Program Justification

The Technical Studies Associate’s Degree program will provide Albany Technical College students the opportunity to a well-rounded introduction in technical courses that will prepare them for entry-level employment in a variety of fields as well as provide the student with core courses that will transfer to a 4-year college if the student desires continuing education. Many traditional technical fields, such as, Welding and Electrical Construction now require a greater breadth of general knowledge to be successful. By increasing the amount of General Studies courses students take, students will gain more communication skills, thinking and problem solving skills, core technology skills, and interpersonal skills. Gaining these skills makes these students much more likely to be qualified for promotions, management opportunities, and even business ownership. Unlike the Applied Technical Management Degree, the Technical Studies Degree will not require additional occupational coursework such as Accounting and Management courses; therefore, making the Technical Studies Degree a better option for students hoping to pursue a bachelor's degree in the future.

Occupational Trends

Most BLS statistics indicate that in the coming years many technical jobs will require candidates to have training credentials beyond high school but not necessarily 4-year baccalaureate degrees. Candidates in technical and industrial fields who may possess an AAS degree should be more qualified for management positions or entrepreneurial endeavors than those who only have certificates or diplomas.

Executive Summary

The Associate of Applied Science in Technical Studies program allows students who receive a diploma or certificate to take additional general education course work in order to obtain a degree. This gives students’ additional skills that can be used in possible business ownership and management. This program will follow the current TCSG Standard. With the additional dual enrolled students, we expect to enroll 100 students in our first year and project to grow the program by 200 students by its third year.

 

Degrees
Technical Studies Degree (60 hrs)
core courses
 
AREA I (6hrs)
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
(3)
ENGL 1102 Literature and Composition
(3)
XXXX xxxx Foreign Language (3)
AREA II (6hrs)
PSYC 1101 Introductory Psychology
(3)
SOCI 1101 Sociology (3)
XXXX xxxx History (3)
XXXX xxxx American Government (3)
AREA III (6hrs)
MATH 1101 Math Modeling
(3)
MATH 1111 College Algebra (3)
MATH 1113 Precalculus (3)
AREA IV (6hrs)
HUMN 1101 Introduction to Humanities
(3)
ENGL 2130 American Literature (3)
XXXX xxxx World Literature (3)
Technical Support (9hrs)
COMP 1000 Intro. to Computer Literacy 3
ECON 1101 Principles of Economics 3
SPCH 1101 Public Speaking 3
 
Electrical Construction
Embedded TCC's - BE11 & ESA1
 
Select one of the following DC options:
ELTR 1010 Direct Current Fundamentals
(3)
IDFC 1011 Direct Current I (3)
IDSY 1101 DC Circuit Analysis (3)
Select one of the following AC options
ELTR 1020 Alternating Current Fundamentals
(3)
IDFC 1012 Alternating Current I (3)
IDSY 1105 AC Circuit Analysis (3)
     
IDFC 1007 Industrial Safety Procedures 2
ELTR 1020 Electrical Systems Basics I 3
ELTR 1060 Electrical Prints, Schematics, and Symbols 2
ELTR 1180 Electrical Controls 4
ELTR 1220 Industrial PLC’s 4
Engineering Graphics
Embedded TCC's - AR11, DA31 & EF11
 
ENGT 1000 Intro. To Engineering  3
DFTG 1101 CAD Fundamentals  4
DFTG 1103 Multview/Basic Dimensioning  4
DFTG 1105 3D Mechanical Modeling  4
DFTG 1125 Architectural Fundamentals  4
DFTG 1127 Architectural 3D Modeling  4
Mechatronics
Embedded TCC's - IE21 & IM21
 
Select one of the following DC options:
ELTR 1010 Direct Current Fundamentals
(3)
IDFC 1011 Direct Current I (3)
IDSY 1101 DC Circuit Analysis (3)
Select one of the following AC options
ELTR 1020 Alternating Current Fundamentals
(3)
IDFC 1012 Alternating Current I (3)
IDSY 1105 AC Circuit Analysis (3)
     
IDSY 1005 Introduction to Mechatronics 4
IDSY 1100 Basic Circuit Analysis 5
IDSY 1110 Industrial Motor controls I 5
IDSY 1120 Basic Industrial PLC’s 4
IDSY 1130 Industrial Wiring 4
Welding
Embedded TCC's - FS31, FC61 and GM31
 
WELD 1000 Introduction to Welding
4
WELD 1010 Oxyfuel Cutting
4
WELD 1040 Flat Shielded Metal Arc Welding
4
WELD 1090 Gas Metal Arc Welding 4
WELD 1153 Flux Cored Arc Welding 4
 


Diplomas

There are no available diplomas at this time, please check back with us regularly as new programs are added regularly.



TCCs

There are no available diplomas at this time, please check back with us regularly as new programs are added regularly.





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Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

ACCUPLACER SCORES

Min. ScoresDegreeDiploma
Sentence Skills 70  
Reading Comp. 64  
Arithmetic 34  
Algebra 57 N/A

Instructors & Faculty

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