UNM Los Alamos

Applied Technologies

Applied Technologies

About the Program

Are you the kind of person who likes to work with your hands and your head? High tech careers don't have to be about sitting behind a desk all day. Our Specialists spend their time working with the equipment that makes the modern world function.

In the Applied Technologies program, you'll learn the theory behind things like circuits and vacuum systems as well as hands-on skills like welding and milling. UNM Los Alamos worked closely with businesses that employ technical professionals to create a program that utilizes state of the art equipment and techniques. This is a fast-growing field and the program was designed with employability in mind.

The Applied Technologies degree program at UNM Los Alamos is designed to give you the specialized skills you need for employment in high-tech fields. This is a unique program in New Mexico that offers you the opportunity to train in only two years for a high-paying, interesting, and dynamic career. We offer a personalized attention to each student and many hands-on learning opportunities with concentration areas in: Nanotechnology, Robotics, Electro-Mechanical Technology, Manufacturing Technology, and Solar Technology.

For more information, see the Applied Technologies at: appliedtechnologiesunmlosalamos.com.

Electro-Mechanical Technology

Electro-Mechanical technicians harness the force than runs the modern world. From service equipment to robots, electro-mechanical technologies are present in industrial sites, hospitals, and laboratories. Electro-mechanical systems are a part of our everyday lives as well as the backbone of cutting-edge research.

In the Electro-Mechanical Concentration, you will learn the basic elements of DC circuits, AC electronic components, and electronic devices. You will also be introduced to fundamental mechanical systems (vacuum, cryogenic, and hydraulic systems) and their design, assembly, and operation.

Manufacturing Technology

The theoretical and the practical come together in manufacturing technology. Manufacturing refers to the methods and processes applied to the industrial production that transform raw materials into finished goods. Specialized processes take place in modern facilities with high-tech devices such as robots, highly automated systems, computer controlled machining systems, and intricate assembly machinery.

In the Manufacturing Concentration, you 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.


Nanotechnology is a growing area of scientific research that involves observing, measuring, and creating at the molecular and atomic level. Nanotechnology has an impact on a broad range of applications, including telecommunications, computing, medical sciences, and on a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

In the Nanotechnology Concentration, you will learn about the materials, tools, and current and emerging applications of nanotechnology. You will study the relationship between the structural characteristics and the physical and mechanical properties of metals, alloys, and nonmetallic materials.

Solar Technology

Are you passionate about protecting the environment? Do you want to be at the forefront of the latest energy technology? Do you want a career in a fast-growing sector of the economy? The Solar Concentration may be right for you.

Solar energy technology seeks to convert radiant energy from the sun into electrical and thermal energy. As our country moves toward a greener economy, you will be ready to fill the jobs that are created. From installing solar panels, to retrofitting structures to be more energy efficient, you will be on the cutting edge of emerging technology!

Related Faculty

Irina Alvestad
Don Davis

Contact Information

We are happy to answer any questions you might have and hope to make your learning experience at UNM Los Alamos as rewarding as possible. You can reach us by phone or by e-mail and we will provide all the information you might need.

Program Coordinator
Irina Alvestad
(505) 661-4696

Don Davis
Assistant Professor
(505) 662-0336