What is Energy Systems Technology?
The curriculum will also provide a background in other types of energy production and distribution, including solar, wind, geothermal, and petroleum-based as well as emerging technologies such as ethanol, biodiesel, and clean coal technologies. Graduates will have an understanding of the financial, societal, and environmental impacts of the various energy production technologies, and will be able to operate and troubleshoot the machinery and systems used in energy production.
What are my career choices?
Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers held about 47,000 jobs in 2006, of which 3,800 were nuclear power plant operators, 8,600 were power distributors and dispatchers, and 35,000 were other power plant operators. Jobs were located throughout the country. About 70 percent of jobs were in electric power generation, transmission, and distribution. About 16 percent worked in government, mainly in local government. Others worked for manufacturing establishments that produced electricity for their own use.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Degrees and Transfers
- Power Plant Operator 63 - 66 credit hours
- Power Plant Operator 32 - 34 credit hour
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.