Associate in Applied Technology

Become prepared to manage people and systems with an associate degree in Applied Technology.

Are you an ambitious person working in the manufacturing sector? Have you completed your technical training within the past five years or plan to finish soon? PennWest’s associate degree in Applied Technology is designed just for you.

The Associate of Applied Science in Applied Technology provides workplace-ready training in many of Pennsylvania’s high priority industries. This associate degree program is built on a unique model which permits you to complete field training while attending PennWest, or to transfer your certification or training previously received from other accredited institutions.

As a student, you will complete general education, technology and business courses while you develop analytical thinking skills and polish your ability to speak and write effectively. Working under the guidance of experienced faculty, you will learn computer applications, general management principles, production and operations management, project management, quality control, safety and health issues and statistics.

You may opt for a concentration in Aeronautical Science (Edinboro campus only), which offers specialized courses including flight and ground training to become a pilot, or complete more electives for the general Applied Technology associates degree.

Whatever your choice, you’ll graduate well-prepared to manage people and systems in technology-based industries, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

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Credits: 60-63, Varies by concentration

Lisa Kovalchick

For Aeronautical Science Concentration:
Korey Kilburn

Fits your schedule.

Choose to continue to work while you earn your degree on a part-time basis or attend classes full-time.

Experience counts.

Transfer certification or field experience credits from another technical school.

Aeronautical Science concentration

Prepare for a high-paying, in-demand career as a professional pilot.

Applied Technology (no concentration)
Aeronautical Science
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Aeronautical Science

Careers and Salaries

When you hold an Associate of Applied Science degree in Applied Technology, you'll be prepared for careers in engineering technology leadership in a variety of roles:

  • Machinist
  • Lead worker
  • Industry Team Leader
  • Line Supervisor
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Electronics/Mechanical Technician
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Inspector
  • Machine Tool Operator
  • Floor Department Manager
  • Quality Coordinator
  • Sales Specialist
  • New Product Development Coordinator
  • Engineering Technician

When you complete the Aeronautical Science concentration, you will be prepared to fill a growing need. According to, Boeing projects a need for 635,000 commercial pilots and 96,000 business pilots worldwide by the year 2037. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for commercial pilots was $99,640 in May 2021.

Program Outcomes

  1. Apply technology effectively to solve discipline-specific problems.
  2. Function effectively as a member or a leader on a technical team.
  3. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments, including an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  4. Apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of the discipline to solve broadly-defined problems appropriate to the discipline.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

Flexible. Affordable.
Designed to Meet Your needs.