Energy Technology — Power/Building Engineer

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Provides the necessary background principles, concepts and practical laboratory experience to enter the field of power engineering or assume a position in thebuilding or small plant operation and maintenance areas. This program is 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 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 workplans to complete building exterior and landscape maintenance
  • Create workplans 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.

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

Required Core Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 
  • Partial online course ** 100% online course

Required Support Courses

Complete 4 credit hours of Math from the following courses:
MATH 100, MATH 103, MATH 175, and/or MATH 180.
Complete 4 credit hours of Science from the following courses:
CHEM 131, PHYS 120, and/or PHYS 131.
Complete one of the following courses:
Minimum Credit Hours: 

Elective Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 
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
Energy Technology


Industrial Technology Division • (313) 845-9656 • • Technology Bldg • Room: E-172
James Martini • (313) 845-6453 • • Technology Bldg • Room: E-211L

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 in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • 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.