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AAS Applied Technologies

AAS Applied Technologies

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Applied Technologies has four concentrations available: Electro-mechanical Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Nanotechnology, and Solar Technology.

About the Program 

This program is designed to develop skills that will assist students in gaining employment as entry-level technicians. Program content is intended to provide a balance of performance skills in electro-mechanical technology, manufacturing technology, nanotechnology, and solar technology. Students will be provided with quality training and career pathways in modern applied technologies. Students will learn to use the techniques, skills, and modern applied science tools necessary for professional practice in their chosen area of concentration. 

About the Electro-Mechanical Concentration

Building on the basic technical core courses, students in the Electro-mechanical Concentration will learn the basic elements of DC circuits, AC electronic components, and electronic devices. Students will also be introduced to fundamental mechanical systems (vacuum, cryogenic, and hydraulic systems) and their design, assembly, and operation. In addition to the general education core curriculum, students must complete a set of required technical core classes and 20 credit hours in this concentration.

About the Manufacturing Concentration

Students in the Manufacturing Concentration will learn about the three basic engineering materials (metals, ceramics, and polymers) and their manufacturing processes. This concentration emphasizes theoretical and practical applications of measurement principles and introduces students to the fundamental behavior of materials. The early stages of mechanical design concepts are presented using CADD, prototyping, and patent search skills. In addition to the general education core curriculum, students must complete a set of required technical core classes and 16 credit hours in this concentration. 

About the Nanotechnology Concentration

In the Nanotechnology Concentration, students will learn about the materials, tools, and current and emerging applications of nanotechnology. Students will study the relationship between the structural characteristics and the physical and mechanical properties of metals, alloys, and nonmetallic materials. Basic concepts of micro and nano-fabrication as well as coating principles and processing techniques with regard to applications of nanostructures and nanomaterials will be emphasized. Students will investigate manufacturing measurements using mechanical, electronic, optical, microscopic, and interferometric methods. In addition to the general education core curriculum, students must complete a set of required technical core classes and 16 credit hours in this concentration. 

About the Solar Technology Concentration

In the Solar Technology Concentration, students will learn about alternative and sustainable energy sources, with a focus on technologies and methods related to solar technology. Students will study photovoltaic (PV) principles and the use of photovoltaics in stand-alone and interconnected (grid-tied) electrical systems, including detailed site analysis, system sizing, component and installation recommendations, and economic analyses. Mechanical & electrical integration of PV systems, utility interconnection, commissioning, maintenance & troubleshooting PV systems will also be integrated into the curriculum. Students will also learn about the many aspects of architectural design and construction to create environmentally sustainable, energy efficient structures. In addition to the general education core curriculum, students must complete a set of required technical core classes and 16 credit hours in this concentration. 

A minimum of 66 credit hours with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0. At least 15 of these 66 hours must be UNM-LA catalog credit courses taken in residence. Minimum grade of C (not C-) in each Technical Core course. 

General Education Requirements


  • ENGL 110: Accelerated Composition (3)


  • ENGL 112: Composition II (3)


  • ENGL 113: Enhanced Composition (3)
  • ENGL 119 or 219: Technical Communications (3)
  • CJ 130: Public Speaking (3) 


  • MATH 121: College Algebra (3) 
  • MATH 107: Problems in College Algebra (1) 
  • MATH 123: Trigonometry (3) 


  • CHEM 111: Elements of General Chemistry (4) 
  • PHYC 102: Introduction to Physics (3) 
  • PHYC 102L: Physics Laboratory (1) 


Select from the following: 

ANTH 130, ECON 105, ECON 106, POLS 200, PSY 105, SOC 101 


Technical Core Requirements


Technical courses common to all concentrations:

  • DRFT 103: Introduction to Drafting (3) 
  • DRFT 119: Blueprint Reading (3) 
  • ELCT 105L: Industrial Shop Practice (3) 
  • MCHT 101L: Basic Welding (4) 
  • CT 102: Introduction to Microcomputers on the PC (4) 
  • BSTC 113: Introduction to Project Management (1) 
  • MFGT 101: Introduction to Technology (1) 

To complete the technical coursework, students will select from one of the following concentrations: 

Electro-Mechanical Technology Concentration (20 credit hours) 

  • ELCT 101: DC Circuit Analysis (4) 
  • ELCT 102: AC Circuit Analysis (4) 
  • ELCT 103: Mechanical Systems (3) 
  • ELCT 137: Digital Electronics I (Combinational Logic) (3) 
  • ELCT 203: Electronic Devices (4) 
  • ELCT 204: Electronics Lab (2) 

Manufacturing Technology Concentration (16 credit hours) 

  • MFGT 105: Manufacturing Materials and Processes (3) 
  • MFGT 105L: Manufacturing Materials and Processes Lab (1) 
  • MFGT 150: Introduction to Maintenance Concepts (3) 
  • MFGT 210: Metrology (3) 
  • MFGT 215: Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3) 
  • MFGT 217: Mechanical Design Processes (3) 

Nanotechnology Concentration (16 credit hours) 

  • NANO 101: Introduction to Nanotechnology (3) 
  • NANO 105: Microscopy and Microstructures (3) 
  • NANO 130: Introduction to Nanomaterials and Coatings (3) 
  • NANO 130L: Micro and Nano Fabrication Lab (1) 
  • NANO 210: Nanomaterials (3) 
  • NANO 250: Manufacturing Measurements and Process Control (3) 

Solar Technology Concentration (16 credit hours) 

  • SLRT 101: Introduction to Alternative Energy Technologies (3) 
  • SLRT 162: Photovoltaics I: Analysis (3) 
  • SLRT 163: Photovoltaics II: Equipment & Installation (3) 
  • SLRT 210: Solar Thermal Technology (3) 
  • SLRT 250: Green Architectural Design (4) 

Manufacturing, Nano and Solar Technology: Students in these three concentrations must take an addition 4 credit hours.

Choose courses from the following electives that are not included in your concentration’s technical courses: 

  • ELCT 162: Robotics (3)
  • ELCT 163: Advanced Robotics (3)
  • RADT 101: Radiation Training (1) 
  • AMST 182: Introduction to Environment, Science, and Technology (3) 
  • BIOL 110: Biology for Non Majors (3) 
  • BIOL 112L: Biology Laboratory for Non Majors (1) 
  • BIOL 201: Molecular and Cell Biology (4) 
  • CHEM 212: Integrated Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (4) 
  • CT 111: Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting and Design (3) 
  • CT 119: Intermediate Computer Aided Drafting and Design (3) 
  • DRFT 220: Fundamentals of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (3) 
  • MATH 150: Pre-calculus Mathematics (3) 
  • MATH 162: Calculus I (4) 
  • MATH 163: Calculus II (4) 
  • ELCT 137: Digital Electronics I (Combinational Logic) (3) 
  • MCHT 120: GTAW Welding (3)