Energy Systems – Associate in Applied Science

The Energy Systems Technology – Associate in Applied Science program prepares students for careers as technicians within the energy industry. This 60-credit degree will provide students with the diverse skill set necessary to work competently within the various sectors of the industry: energy production, energy transmission and energy distribution. Students will achieve a certification in Energy Industry Fundamentals (Center for Energy Workforce Development). This program provides a foundation for the student to secure a career with a regulated provider of energy, or a non-regulated, public or private provider of energy (e.g. municipalities, heavy manufacturing, hospitals or college campuses).

Minimum credits: 60
Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses: 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits: 15

GEO 1: Write clearly, concisely and intelligibly

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

ENG 232 Technical & Business Writing 3 ENG 131

A course designed to provide practice in a variety of written and oral communications to meet the requirements of the workplace. Projects may include descriptions, instructions, résumés, proposals, reports or online documents. It involves frequent writing, both in and out of class, as well as oral presentations, collaborative activities and individual conferences.

GEO 2: Recognize the importance of equity and inclusion in a diverse society

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
HUM 131 Cultural Connections 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This interdisciplinary course examines contemporary issues, their human and technological components, and their historical precedents through art, music, literature and philosophy.

GEO 3: Demonstrate computational skills and mathematical reasoning

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MAT 130 Quantitative Reasoning 4 MAT 030

Quantitative Reasoning develops student skills in analyzing, synthesizing and communicating quantitative information. Cultivates algebraic reasoning and modeling skills through a quantitative literacy lens. Emphasizes critical thinking and the use of multiple strategies in applied contexts. Topics include proportional and statistical reasoning, probability, and evaluation of bias and validity.

GEO 4: Demonstrate scientific reasoning

Choose one of the following

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CEM 131 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 ENG 085* and MAT 033* or higher

Fills requirement for some non-science majors. Provides background for CEM 141 for those with no recent high school chemistry. Fundamental principles of chemistry such as states of matter, simple atomic and molecular structure, and the periodic classification of elements. The study of water emphasizes the properties of solutions and acid-base relations. Course includes a laboratory component.

CEM 141 General Chemistry I 5 CIS 095*, ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 131* or higher

This course is required for most sciences, engineering, and pre-professional health majors. Students who are required to take organic chemistry for their major should enroll in CEM 141 during their first semester. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, states of matter, kinetic molecular theory and stoichiometry. Course includes a laboratory component.

GEO 5: Understand human behavior and social systems, and the principles which govern them

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

GEO 6: Understand aesthetic experience and artistic creativity

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ART 111 Art History: Prehistoric to 1400 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art and architecture from prehistoric times to 1400.

ART 112 Art History: Renaissance to Present 3 ENG 085*

This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art from the Renaissance through the 20th century.

MUS 131 Understanding Music 3 ENG 085*

Lecture and directed listening on the elements, forms and historic chronology of Western music.

THR 116 Introduction to Theatre 3 ENG 085*

Survey of Western theatre and drama. Appreciation of theatre through understanding of historical development and societal function. Theatre architecture, production, costuming and acting styles, and the artists who create them.


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CAD 152 SolidWorks I 3

This course introduces students to basic modelling, assembly, and drawing creation in SolidWorks.

ELT 106 Basic Electricity and Fluid Systems 3

This course will cover the principles of basic electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic circuits. Students will learn how to identify components of electrical and fluid circuits, how to analyze circuits, and how to troubleshoot industrial systems. At the end of the course they will be able to take the Certified Production Technician Maintenance Awareness exam.and quality. Students may sit for Certified Production Technician exam in Production Quality at the end of the course.

MFG 135 Industrial Safety 3

This course demonstrates methods of maintaining a safe work environment. It introduces students to best safety practices as well as communication and team building skills. Students will have the opportunity to take an MSSC certification exam as well as earn their OSHA 10 card.

MFG 136 Blueprint Reading and Precision Measurement 3

This course will provide students with in depth knowledge of how to read blueprints and technical drawings, and use gauges to obtain precise measurements. Topics covered include print reading, measurement, tolerancing, and quality. Students may sit for Certified Production Technician exam in Production Quality at the end of the course.

MFG 137 Production Process and Fabrication 4

This course will focus on production processes and machining, emphasizing planning, tooling, and materials. Students will learn how the basics of safely operating machines and producing precision parts. Students may sit for the Certified Production Technician exam for Processes and Production at the end of the course.


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ALT 200 Principles of Alternative Energy 3 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

(SAME AS ELT 160) This course will introduce students to alternative energy systems and their design and applications. The course will focus primarily on wind turbines, solar systems, and hydrogen fuel cells. A basic understanding of electricity is highly recommended.

EGY 101 Energy Industry Fundamentals 3 MAT 020* and ENG 085*

Energy Industry Fundamentals provides a broad understanding of the electric and natural gas utility industry and the generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure, commonly called the “largest machine in the world,” which forms the backbone for the industry. The course includes business models, regulations, types of energy and their conversion to useable energy such as electric power, emergent technologies, and the connection to careers in the energy industry. An ANSI accredited EIF Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of final certification exam.

EGY 220 Energy Industry Experience EGY 101

This is a field-based course that includes tours of power production, transmission, and distribution facilities with guided conversation and reflection. Prepares students for internship selection.

ELT 260 Basic Programmable Controllers 4 ELT 126

Basic programmable controllers is a course for apprentices and skilled trades trainees looking at the history, characteristics, application and limitation of PCs. Numeration systems, binary-coded decimals, ASCII, gray code and Boolean logic studied. Additional study includes input/output devices, processing and programming functions, program development, documentation, start-up and troubleshooting.

STM 101 Introduction to Sustainability 3 CIS 095, ENG 085, ENG 091

Students will familiarize themselves with the environmental issues facing our community, state, country and planet. This course will provide meaning to the term “sustainability” in order to build skills that will help the leaders of tomorrow protect the earth’s resources and meet the needs of humanity indefinitely. It is an introduction to both the scientific and social sides of the environmental problems the world faces, with a specific aim at establishing a foundation in environmental comprehension and for further learning within the topic of sustainability.

Choose 9 credits from the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CAD 151 AutoCAD 1 3 MFG 105 and ENG 085*

This course covers the applications in which the phases of computer graphics are involved. A general introduction to drafting application will be presented. Recommended: Windows® and blue print reading experience.

EGY 110 Climbing Clinic .5

This course will introduce students to pole climbing safety and techniques for lineworkers.

EGY 111 Climbing Orientation 1.5

This course will provide students with further instruction in pole climbing, including equipment maintenance and different climbing techniques, rescues, and knot-tying.

EGY 112 Climbing School 7

This course will help students achieve mastery of climbing techniques through practice and refinement under the supervision of climbing instructors.

Additional Program Requirements

CPR Training/ Certification