Energy Technology - Multi-Skilled Facility Maintenance Technician

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Prepares students for a career in building/plant facility maintenance. Focuses on 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 pipe fitting, millwright basics (applied tech), and welding.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Apply basic skills in HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair.
  • Operate basic boiler and hydronic systems.
  • Troubleshoot basic electrical equipment utilizing theories of electricity.
  • Demonstrate installation and maintenance plumbing and pipe fitting 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 millwright 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 the project.
  • Demonstrate consistent adherence to standard safety protocols.

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 from each of the five areas below. For this program:

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

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

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

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete at least one of the following:

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

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

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

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
68.0 (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
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 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:

Career Opportunities: 

Many large and small companies are combining trades and as a result, are seeking individuals for employment in this fast-growing profession.

  • Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Power Engineering
  • Building Controls
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Welding
  • Hydraulics
  • Millwright
  • Renewable Energy

Class credits earned at HFC can be transferred to other academic institutions. Transfer information is available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center or contact your academic advisor.