Energy Technology - Multi-Skilled Facility Maintenance Technician

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Prepare students for a career in building/plant facility maintenance. Students will be exposed to various skills that are necessary for this skilled-trades classification. Primary focuses are job safety, basic electricity, heating and cooling, sheet metal fabrication, EPA refrigeration certification, power engineering (exposure to boilers and hydronic systems), building controls, hydraulics, plumbing and pipefitting, millwright basics (applied tech), and welding.

The student will be exposed to and gain the required knowledge for establishing employment in this fast growing economy. Many large and small companies are combining trades and as a result, are seeking individuals for employment in this fast-growing job category.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Apply basic skills in HVAC install ation, maintence and repair
  • Operate basic boiler and hydronic systems
  • Troubleshoot basic electrical equipment utilizing the basic theories of electricity
  • Demonstrate installation and maintenance plumbing and pipefiting skills
  • Demonstrate basic welding skills
  • Communicate effectively in the workplace using interpersonal and computer skills
  • Apply basic carpentry skills such as measuring, cutting, and shaping wood and other building materials
  • Employ basic millwrighthing skills
  • Apply basic fabricating/sheet metal working skills such as layout and fabrication of sheet metal fittings
  • Apply basic machine repair skills
  • Apply basic skills in installation and troubleshooting of instrumentation and controls
  • Utilize the appropriate tools as dictated by project
  • Understand and apply industrial safety standards

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: 

Complete 15 credits from:

  1. American Society, Events, Institutions and Cultures Outcome: Complete at least one course:

  2. Computer Literacy Outcome: Complete at least one course:

  3. Critical Thinking Outcome: Complete at least one non-activity based course numbered 100 or higher

  4. Information Literacy and Written Communication Outcome: Take either English sequence:

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

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

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
70.0 (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
Gregory Laskowsky • (313) 317-1550 • • Technology Bldg • Room: E-115D

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:

Career Opportunities: 
  • HVAC (Heating and Cooling)
  • Power Engineering
  • Building Controls
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Welding
  • Hydraulics
  • Millwright
  • Renewable Energy

Class credits earned at HFC can be used for transferring. See 3 for 1 articulation agreements with 4 year universities. Additional information is available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center or your academic advisor. Students can complete a minimum of 51 credit hours for a certificate. With an additional minimum of 19 credit hours a student may earn an associate degree.