Fire Protection Engineering Technology Associate Degree

Help Save Lives and protect property

Program Code: 105033

If you want to make a difference in your career by keeping our communities safe from the danger and destruction of fire, consider a future in fire protection engineering technology. In this exciting field, the principles of science and engineering are used to protect people and their environments from the devastating events of fire and smoke. To safeguard our homes, buildings and businesses, highly-skilled professionals are needed to design, install and service automatic sprinkler, fire alarm and special hazard fire suppression systems. Typical careers for graduates of the Fire Protection Engineering Technology program include fire protection systems designer, fire protection systems service representative, fire protection systems installation technician and industrial safety technician.


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


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• 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.
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
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NOTE: This program will be starting in the Green Bay area in Fall of 2018. Contact an Admissions Specialist for details. 

Students following the study plan below will complete the Fire Protection Engineering Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
10-503-114 FIRE PROTECTION FUNDAMENTALS ...combustion processes, fire detection technology, fire suppression technology, fire protection mathematics, historical fires, fire codes, building codes, contracts, bidding, liability, the domestic and international fire protection industry, and career opportunities.
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.
10-606-116 CAD (COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING-INTRODUCTION) ...CAD terminology, drawing preliminaries, basic inquiry and setting commands, layer setting and manipulation, basic drawing and display commands, basic edit commands, and plotting.
10-660-104 DC 1: INTRODUCTION ...introduction to the concepts of DC electricity and simple series circuits. Voltage, current, resistance, Ohm's Law, power and Kirchoff's Voltage Law are defined.
10-660-105 DC 2: CIRCUITS ...analysis of parallel and series-parallel circuits. Application of Kirchoff's Current Law to parallel circuit combinations. Introduction of current sources and source conversions. (Corequisites: 10-804-118, Interim Algebra w Apps OR 10-804-113, College Tech Math 1A; 10-660-104, DC 1: Intro)
10-664-100 AUTOMATION 1: CONTROL LOGIC ...electric motor control components such as switches, relays, starters, transformers; and safely mount and install motor and motor control components and perform related wiring and troubleshooting of motor control circuits.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...presents learners with exposure to the language of responsibility with an emphasis on two tracks-soft (employability) and learning skills to enhance lifelong learning in academic, career, and personal settings. Course curriculum provides application and reflection of On Course strategies and vocabulary emphasizing the value of a growth mindset. Students should take this course during the first semester of college.
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.
10-503-137 SPRINKLER SYSTEMS 2 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)
10-660-107 AC 1: PROPERTIES ...introduction to the properties of capacitors and inductors including types and behavior in switching circuits. Inductor basics include a study of magnetic fields. (Prerequisite: 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits; Corequisite: 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps OR 10-804-114, College Tech Math 1B)
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.
10-503-138 HAZARD ANALYSIS ...planning, surveying, and making professional recommendations regarding appropriate fire prevention, and suppression and detection systems for specified industrial fire hazards.
10-503-149 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.
10-614-291 REVIT 1 ...highlights essential building information modeling software characteristics. Learners will explore fundamental modeling and documenting features of Revit, including general detailing tools and project printing parameters.
10-102-158 BUSINESS PRINCIPLES ...economics and business; global business; ethics and social responsibility; types of business ownership; entrepreneurship; role of management: operations management; human resources; marketing; managing financial resources and legal issues impacting business.
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.
10-801-197 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)
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C.
. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in 10-801-136, English Composition to enroll in 10-801-197, Technical Reporting.

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.


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Study Abroad Opportunities

• The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.