Energy Technology — Power/Building Engineer

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Provides the necessary background principles, concepts, and laboratory experience to enter the field of power engineering or assume a position in the building or small plant operation and maintenance areas. For students interested in becoming an operating engineer, boiler operator, building engineer, refrigeration and air conditioning engineer in generating plants, pumping stations, steam plants, heating plants, water treatment facilities, industrial refrigeration plants and commercial and industrial buildings.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Solve basic math and science problems found within power building engineering.
  • Demonstrate technical communication ability including reading and interpreting reports, diagrams, and manufacturer specifications and writing work orders, logs, etc.
  • Apply safe workplace procedures including use of safety equipment in laboratory and field conditions.
  • Maintain electrical systems in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities.
  • Maintain mechanical systems in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities.
  • Maintain and sustain building envelopes and structural elements of buildings utilizing the concepts of operational maintenance, upgrading, green building feature implementation, energy efficiency, energy management, and commissioning/retro-commissioning.
  • Maintain HVAC equipment in residential, commercial, and industrial settings.
  • Maintain automated building control systems.
  • Create work plans to complete building exterior and landscape maintenance.
  • Create work plans to complete building interior and custodial maintenance.
  • Maintain boilers, auxiliary equipment, and other steam generation equipment.
  • Maintain combustion equipment including equipment associated with ash handling, fans and draft control, and pollution control.
  • Maintain water handling and water treatment equipment.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Applied Science degrees require at least 15 credits total including at least three credit hours, unless otherwise noted, from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete one of the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following course:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete one of the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete one of the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 16

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the General Education, Required Core, and Required Support courses for this program.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
62.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Industrial Technology Division: 313-845-9656,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-172
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Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • Davenport University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Siena Heights University
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Wayne State University
Career Opportunities: 

Students may earn the Energy Technology — Boiler License Review Basic Certificate and the Energy Technology — Power/Building Engineer Advanced Certificate through the course of this degree, which may present career opportunities for students while completing the associate degree.