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 Fundaments (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).


Program Requirements

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

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (48 credits)

GEO 1: Write clearly, concisely and intelligibly (6 credits)

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 132 Writing Experience II 3 ENG 131

This is an intensive writing course. Analytical and persuasive modes are stressed. Advanced research writing strategies are used. Database and primary research methods are emphasized. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

GEO 2: Speak clearly, concisely and intelligibly (3 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
COM 240 Interpersonal Communication 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

(FORMERLY SPH 240) Students will learn to improve communication in one-on-one and small group situations. In this course, students will examine basic verbal and non-verbal elements affecting communication between individuals in family, peer group and work contexts. Specific units of discussion include intrapersonal perspective, conflict resolution, self-disclosure, message generation, intercultural messages and non-verbal communication.

GEO 3: Demonstrate computational skills and mathematical reasoning (4 credits)

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 (4-5 credits)

Choose one of the following. If in the Science Focus Track the requirement may be met with an elective course. Please check for any prerequisite requirements

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 (4 credits)

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 (3 credits)

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.

ENG 210 Introduction to Film 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students are introduced to film as a visual art and to basic film terms and techniques, such as composition, movement, editing and sound. Readings in film history, genre, theory and criticism. Includes JC Winter Film Series.

ENG 246 Short Story & Novel 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students are introduced to traditional and contemporary fictional genres. This course emphasizes understanding, appreciation and the critical analysis of narrative art. Selections for study are chosen from English and American literature as well as world literature in translation.

ENG 247 Poetry & Drama 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students are introduced to lyric and dramatic genres. This course emphasizes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of poetry and theatre as language performances and literary forms. Selections for study are chosen from English and American literature as well as world literature in translation.

ENG 249 African-American Literature 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Survey of the literature of African-American writers. Emphasis is on the major writers in narrative, poetry, fiction, essay and drama.

ENG 252 Shakespeare 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students read representative plays and are introduced to the Elizabethan world. Course emphasizes developing understanding, appreciation and critical analysis skills.

ENG 254 Children’s Literature 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students survey the various genres of children’s literature from a critical point of view. Course emphasizes developing student competency in oral reading and presentation of children’s literature.

ENG 255 American Literature-19th Century 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students examine the development of a distinctive American literature and culture during the 19th century. Students read selections from many writers, with emphasis on major figures such as Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, Emerson, Poe, Dickinson, Whitman, Douglass and Jacobs.

ENG 256 American Literature-20th Century 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students examine the literature and culture of America from 1890 to the present, with emphasis on the development of organic and post-modern writing in narrative, poetic and critical modes.

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.

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.

GEO 7: Understand and respect the diversity and interdependence of the world’s peoples and cultures (3 credits)

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.

CORE REQUIREMENTS (32 credits)

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.

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 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.

ELT 105 Introduction to Electrical Systems 3 ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

This course provides non-electricians an introduction to principles of electricity, circuits, electrical devices and electrical safety. Students gain hands-on experience wiring circuits, using test equipment, and troubleshooting electrical equipment problems. The course gives students the tools necessary to work safely with and around electricity in an industrial environment that may include special machines, facility (process) support equipment, energy production equipment, and energy distribution systems.

ELT 220 Industrial Motion Control 3 ELT 105 or ELT 126

This course covers motion controls as used in real world situations, including PLC, robotics, servos, sensing devices, actuators and controls.

MFG 105 Blueprint Reading 2

This course will provide the student with a working knowledge and understanding of a variety of mechanical and electrical blueprints. Students will learn to recognize and identify symbols and specifications common to modern industrial blueprints. Topics will include: lines and symbols, views, form, position, title blocks, sketching, features and sections.

MFG 164 Basic Fabrication 4 MFG 105*

This course instructs students in standard fabrication principles and practices used in industry. Safety, terminology, material milling, lathe, grinding, sawing, drilling, tapping, riveting, sheet metal working, standard layout skills, measurement and standard shop procedures are used to complete various projects. A working knowledge of hand and machine tools is achieved through a series of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on projects..

MFG 170 Hydraulics/Pneumatics 4

This course provides instruction in the basics of hydraulic and pneumatic systems including pumps, valving, control assemblies and actuators. Provides a general understanding of basic laws and formulas used in simple hydraulic circuits, including standard hydraulic symbols and maintenance procedures.

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.

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES

Technical Electives include any ALT/ELT/CAD/MAT/WLD or other with lead faculty approval.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
EMS 110 Advanced First Aid & American Heart CPR 2

This course provides instruction in adult, child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation, as well as advanced first aid. It is designed to prepare an individual to handle medical or accidental emergencies until professional help arrives or until the victim can seek help, and to handle minor injuries that do not require professional assistance. Upon successful completion of this course, the student is qualified to receive CPR and Advanced First Aid certificates through the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).

OR Current Adult CPR Rigging Safety Training.

Sample Course Map

The following is a sample course map for informational purposes and will not suit every student’s situation. A detailed, individualized course map will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.

SEMESTER 1

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
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.

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.

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.

MFG 105 Blueprint Reading 2

This course will provide the student with a working knowledge and understanding of a variety of mechanical and electrical blueprints. Students will learn to recognize and identify symbols and specifications common to modern industrial blueprints. Topics will include: lines and symbols, views, form, position, title blocks, sketching, features and sections.

SEM 140 Seminar in Life Pathways 3

Seminar in Life Pathways is a gateway course to Jackson College. This course is designed to help all students develop the skills, inner qualities and external behaviors needed to take charge of their academic and career success. Students will be guided through an extensive process in making career choices and selecting an academic program of study at Jackson College and beyond. With the exception of second-admit programs, SEM 140 is required of all students.

SEMESTER 2

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.

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.

ELT 105 Introduction to Electrical Systems 3 ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

This course provides non-electricians an introduction to principles of electricity, circuits, electrical devices and electrical safety. Students gain hands-on experience wiring circuits, using test equipment, and troubleshooting electrical equipment problems. The course gives students the tools necessary to work safely with and around electricity in an industrial environment that may include special machines, facility (process) support equipment, energy production equipment, and energy distribution systems.

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.

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.

SEMESTER 3

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.

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.

MFG 164 Basic Fabrication 4 MFG 105*

This course instructs students in standard fabrication principles and practices used in industry. Safety, terminology, material milling, lathe, grinding, sawing, drilling, tapping, riveting, sheet metal working, standard layout skills, measurement and standard shop procedures are used to complete various projects. A working knowledge of hand and machine tools is achieved through a series of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on projects..

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.

SEMESTER 4

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
COM 240 Interpersonal Communication 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

(FORMERLY SPH 240) Students will learn to improve communication in one-on-one and small group situations. In this course, students will examine basic verbal and non-verbal elements affecting communication between individuals in family, peer group and work contexts. Specific units of discussion include intrapersonal perspective, conflict resolution, self-disclosure, message generation, intercultural messages and non-verbal communication.

ELT 220 Industrial Motion Control 3 ELT 105 or ELT 126

This course covers motion controls as used in real world situations, including PLC, robotics, servos, sensing devices, actuators and controls.

MFG 170 Hydraulics/Pneumatics 4

This course provides instruction in the basics of hydraulic and pneumatic systems including pumps, valving, control assemblies and actuators. Provides a general understanding of basic laws and formulas used in simple hydraulic circuits, including standard hydraulic symbols and maintenance procedures.

MUS 131 Understanding Music 3 ENG 085*

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

. Technical Elective

Select any courses from ALT, CAD, ELT, MAT, MFG, or WLD (or additional subjects approved by program faculty) to meet the program’s 120-credit requirement.