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Applied Engineering AAS Degree

Energy and Automation Technology

The Applied Engineering AAS degree program at Colorado Mountain College will train you to work in a variety of industries:

  • Automated Manufacturing
  • Oil and Gas
  • Waste and Water Treatment
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Power and Electric Plants
  • and many others

The world is automating, and skilled technicians are needed.

All across the globe, factory workers are losing their jobs to robots and automated systems. However, these systems don't set themselves up.

This is where skilled automation-engineering technicians come in.

Whether it's mixing and bottling beverages for the soda industry, or separating water from natural gas; all industrial processes are becoming automated.

While companies are laying off factory workers by the thousands, they are employing more and more skilled technicians in high-paying positions to automate their processes.

Prepare for the future today, and line yourself up for a high-paying job in the booming world of automation engineering!

What will I learn?

Through hands on instruction from experienced industry professionals, students will learn a variety of process-control related skills on cutting edge equipment, including:

  • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) programming and operation
  • Electric Motor Control
  • Process Instrumentation (Pressure, Temperature, etc.) installation and troubleshooting
  • Distributed Control System Operation and Maintenance

Is this a two-year degree?

Students may work towards a two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in the Applied Engineering program, but certificates in specialized areas may also be earned through the AET program without completing the full program course load. See Are Specialized Certificates Available? below.

How does this compare to a four-year engineering degree?

The Applied Engineering AAS degree is much more focused on hands on learning and skills than a four-year engineering degree. Students will receive more practical knowledge and experience working on real equipment and professional-level projects, and less of the math-intensive theory involved in a four-year engineering program.

Are specialized certificates available?

Students may earn specialized certificates in one or more of five different areas of emphasis by completing a certain number of course credit hours related to that subject.

Available Certificates

  • Electrical, Process Technology and Instrumentation - 29 credits
  • Solar Installer - 13 credits
  • Oil and Gas - 13 credits
  • Welding Technology - Basic Welding and Cutting - 8 credits
  • Welding Technology - Pipe Welding - 8 credits

Students do not need to work towards a full AAS degree to earn a certificate through the program.

What are the areas of emphasis?

While working towards the full Applied Engineering AAS degree, a student may take classes geared towards a particular subject to emphasize in that area. This area will appear on their diploma and transcript. They are:

  • Electrical, Process Technology and Instrumentation
  • Solar Installation
  • Oil and Gas
  • Welding Technology

Damon Crocker

“The Integrated Energy Program helped prepare me for my new career as a Plant Operator through a balance of hands-on experience and class room training in cutting edge technology.”
– Damon Crocker Read more: Damon Crocker

Keith Maloney

“The CMC Energy Program has prepared me for a career in both fossil fuel and renewable energies.”

– Keith Maloney Read more: Keith Maloney

TJ Plambeck

“I learned a lot and received a broad oil and gas energy industry overview from the Process Technology program at CMC — and I start a full time job in the oil industry in the Fall of 2013.”

– T.J. Plambeck Read more: TJ Plambeck

Erissa Higgins

“I appreciate the care and attention I received from the faculty and staff at the CMC Integrated Energy Progam. As a wife, mother of four and busy fulltime student I was able to juggle all I needed to do to obtain my degree and prepare for my new career in the energy field.”

– Erissa Higgins Read more: Erissa Higgins

Roberto Gomez

“Thanks to the Process Technology Program I was able to obtain a job with the Chevron Pipeline Unit. I was hired as Trainee B, after 7.5 months was promoted to Trainee A — and only 10 days later was promoted to a Full Operator position!”

– Roberto Gomez Read more: Roberto Gomez

Jennifer Baker

“Thank you to the Integrated Energy Program at CMC for providing the knowledge and training for a career in the Energy industry.”

-Jennifer Baker Read more: Jennifer Baker

Crissi and Barb Boe

“Having the opportunity to go to CMC has been amazing because it allows me to be where I want to live. My experience in the applied engineering program has been awesome.”

Crissi Boe and her mother Barb Boe are challenging gender assumptions, pursing AA degrees in Applied Engineering at CMC in Rifle. Both earned a 4.0 GPA and have been on the President’s List for several semesters. Read more: Crissi and Barb Boe