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Fire Protection Engineering Technology Program Code 105033

Associate Degree

Offered at the Marinette campus. For information: (715) 735-9361. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Fire Protection Engineering Technology teaches students to design, install, and service automatic sprinkler, fire alarm, and special hazard fire suppression systems.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Fire Protection Systems Designer: prepares designs and layout drawings of new detection and suppression systems for commercial, residential, and industrial applications.

Fire Protection Equipment Sales Representative: merchandises fixed and portable fire protection equipment for commercial, industrial, and residential applications.

Fire Protection Systems Installer: interprets the protection system design for on-site installation, operation, and maintenance of fire protection systems.

Industrial Safety Technician: assists the industrial safety manager in plant fire safety programs and procedures; and ensures compliance with federal, state, and municipal codes and ordinances.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Fire Protection Consultant
. Fire Protection Equipment Sales Manager
. Industrial Safety Manager
. Municipal Safety Manager
. Property Loss/Risk Management Specialist

Program Outcomes

. Analyze developments in the fire protection field.
. Create fire protection system drawings.
. Create written, technical, and oral presentations.
. Design fire alarm systems.
. Interpret construction blueprints.
. Evaluate automatic sprinkler systems.
. Classify fire protection hazards.
. Troubleshoot electrical components of fire protection systems.
. Determine the most appropriate fire extinguishing method.
. Utilize project management techniques.
. Design automatic fire sprinkler systems.
. Test to NICET Level II in at least one subfield.
. Design special hazard fire suppression systems.
. Critique historical and current fire incident case studies.
. Estimate fire protection systems costs.
. Install, service, and inspect fire protection systems.
. Apply local, state and national codes and standards.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. Students should have mastered basic math skills. For a description of basic math, see the Basic Education section of this catalog.
. High school background in mathematics, science, and technology education.
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are: Arithmetic: 65; Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence Skills: 75. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Fire Protection Engineering Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

10-503-104 Fire Protection Fundamentals 1
1
10-503-105 Fire Protection Fundamentals 2
2
10-503-115 Fire Tech Prt Rdg/Sketching
3
10-503-136 Sprinkler Systems 1
2
10-606-115 CAD
3
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-804-107 College Mathematics
3
** 10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
SECOND SEMESTER

10-503-120 Special Hazards Systems 1
3
10-503-126 Sprinkler Hydraulics-Auto
3
10-503-132 Fire Detection-Elec 1
3
10-503-137 Sprinkler Systems 2
4
10-503-180 Nicet-Basic
2
10-606-128 CAD-Fire Tech Advanced
1
***10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
19
THIRD SEMESTER

10-503-128 Fire Alarm System Design
2
10-503-129 Fire Alarm Systems Application
1
10-503-135 Fire Detection-Elec 2
3
10-503-138 Hazard Analysis
3
10-503-149 Sprinkler Systems 3
2
*10-503-1XX NICET Advanced
1
AND/
 OR
 
*10-503-1XX NICET Advanced
1
10-809-199 Psychology Of Human Relations
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER

10-503-140 Special Hazards Systems 2
3
10-503-148 Technical Project
3
*10-503-1XX NICET Advanced
1
 OR
 
*10-503-1XX NICET Advanced
1
 OR
 
*10-503-1XX NICET Advanced
1
 OR
 
*10-503-1XX NICET Advanced
1
10-801-197 Technical Reporting
3
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-197 Contemporary Amer Society
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
16

TOTAL CREDITS
69

Curriculum Note
* Any three of the six NICET Advanced courses must be taken prior to graduation.
10-503-185 NICET Advanced Sprinklers 1, 1 credit – offered third semester
10-503-187 NICET Advanced Special Haz 1, 1 credit – offered third semester
10-503-186 NICET Advanced Sprinklers 2, 1 credit – offered fourth semester
10-503-188 NICET Advanced Special Haz 2, 1 credit – offered fourth semester
10-503-189 NICET Advanced Alarms 1, 1 credit – offered fourth semester
10-503-190 NICET Advanced Alarms 2, 1 credit – offered fourth semester
**The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.
***Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in 10-801-136, English Composition to enroll in 10-801-197, Technical Reporting.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-503-104 FIRE PROTECTION FUNDAMENTALS 1 ...fire protection overview, fire science, fire extinguishers, extinguishing agents, fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, explosion suppression, fire codes and standards.

10-503-105 FIRE PROTECTION FUNDAMENTALS 2 ...combustion processes, fire detection technology, fire suppression technology, historical fires, fire codes, building codes, contracts, liability, fire protection industry and career opportunities.

10-503-115 FIRE PROTECTION BLUEPRINT READING/SKETCHING ...reading floor plans, details, site plans, electrical, HVAC, plumbing and fire protection plans, performing and sketching site surveys for fire protection, preparing bill of materials, and interpreting specifications.

10-503-120 SPECIAL HAZARDS SYSTEMS 1 ...carbon dioxide systems, the phase out of Halon systems, clean agents, halocarbon systems, inert gas systems, dry chemical systems, wet chemical systems, foam systems, and explosion suppression systems.

10-503-126 SPRINKLER HYDRAULICS-AUTOMATIC ...hydraulic calculations for tree, loop, and grid systems using manual and computerized methods; and testing and evaluating water supplies for fire protection.

10-503-128 FIRE ALARM SYSTEM DESIGN ...the operating principles, selection and application of automatic fire detectors; proper location and spacing of detectors; the selection and use of notification appliances; and various types of fire alarm systems.

10-503-129 FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS APPLICATIONS ...the interconnection of automatic fire detectors, notification appliances and fire alarm panels; addressability of devices; programming of addressable fire alarm panels; and troubleshooting of addressable panels.

10-503-132 FIRE DETECTION-ELECTRONICS 1 ...basic concepts of AC/DC electrical circuits, Ohm's Law, series/parallel resistance, conductors, insulators, batteries, and electro-mechanical induction used in fire protection.

10-503-135 FIRE DETECTION-ELECTRONICS 2 ...electronic sensing and activating systems, detection, alarm and suppression systems, component parts, power sources, and testing and troubleshooting fire protection systems. (Prerequisite: 10-503-132, Fire Detection- Elec 1)

10-503-136 SPRINKLER SYSTEMS 1 ...automatic fire sprinkler systems emphasizing types of sprinkler systems and their application, hazard classifications, automatic fire sprinkler system components, and sprinkler system design approaches.

10-503-137 SPRINKLER SYSTEMS 2 ...fire protection requirements of automatic sprinkler systems, design pipe schedule and hydraulically calculated water suppression systems, foam systems, and fire pump selection. (Prerequisite: 10-503-136, Sprinkler Systems 1)

10-503-138 HAZARD ANALYSIS ...planning, surveying, and making professional recommendations regarding appropriate fire prevention, and suppression and detection systems for specified industrial fire hazards.

10-503-140 SPECIAL HAZARDS SYSTEMS 2 ...the design of special hazard systems emphasizing total flooding and local application CO2 systems, inert gas and halocarbon clean agent systems. (Prerequisite: 10-503-120, Special Hazards Systems 1)

10-503-148 TECHNICAL PROJECT ...independent research report or project utilizing technical and communication skills from Fire Protection Engineering Technician program.

10-503-149 SPRINKLER SYSTEMS 3 ... high piled storage, rack storage, extended coverage, residential, and water spray sprinkler system design utilizing computer design software; specifying supplemental water supplies for fire protection.

10-503-180 NICET-BASIC ...procedures, forms, standards, codes, and general knowledge necessary to successfully pass the crossover work elements in level 2 - NICET Certification in Auto Sprinkler, Special Hazard, and Fire Alarm Systems Layouts.

10-503-185 NICET ADVANCED SPRINKLERS 1 ...certification preparation for Level I and Level II NICET work elements in the subfield of Automatic Sprinkler System Layout.

10-503-186 NICET Advanced Sprinklers 2 ...certification preparation for Level III and Level IV NICET work elements in the subfield of Automatic Sprinkler System Layout. (Prerequisite: 10-503-185, NICET Advanced Sprinklers 1)

10-503-187 NICET ADVANCED SPECIAL HAZARDS 1 ...certification prepared for Level I and Level II NICET work elements in the subfield of Special Hazards Systems.

10-503-188 NICET ADVANCED SPECIAL HAZARDS 2 ...certification preparation for Level III and Level IV NICET work elements in the subfield of Special Hazards Systems. (Prerequisite: 10-503-187, NICET Advanced Spec Haz 1)

10-503-189 NICET ADVANCED ALARMS 1 ...certification preparation for Level I and Level II NICET work elements in the subfield of Fire Alarms.

10-503-190 NICET ADVANCED ALARMS 2 ...certification preparation for Level III and Level IV NICET work elements in the subfield of Fire Alarms. (Prerequisite: 10-503-189 NICET Advanced Alarms 1)

10-606-115 CAD (COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING) ...entry level computer-aided graphics with AutoCAD software; using basic and advanced drawing, display, editing, dimensioning, and plotting commands.

10-606-128 CAD-FIRE TECH ADVANCED ...advanced definition and use of: blocks, user coordinate systems, external references, attributes, and layouts for drawing and plotting; and drawing exchange procedures. (Prerequisite: 10-606-115, CAD)

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer- Reading =55 and Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-107 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS ...an introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Arithmetic score=65 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-197 CONTEMPORARY AMER SOCIETY...the major social institutions within the American society: government, family, education, religion, and economic system. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

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