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Fire Protection Engineering Technology - Associate Degree

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. This program is offered at the Marinette campus.

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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

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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.

Program Availability

FULL TIMEFall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017

Application Checklist

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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
10-503-104 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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-503-105
Fire Protection Fundamentals 2
2
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-503-115
Fire Tech Prt Rdg/Sketching
3
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-503-136
Sprinkler Systems 1
2
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.
10-606-115
CAD
3
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...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 Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-804-107
College Mathematics
3
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=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-890-101
College 101
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
SECOND SEMESTER
10-503-120
Special Hazards Systems 1
3
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. Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-503-126
Sprinkler Hydraulics-Auto
3
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. Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-503-132
Fire Detection-Elec 1
3
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. Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-503-137
Sprinkler Systems 2
4
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-503-180
Nicet-Basic
2
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. Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-606-128
CAD-Fire Tech Advanced
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
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 =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
19
THIRD SEMESTER
10-503-128
Fire Alarm System Design
2
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-503-129
Fire Alarm Systems Application
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-503-135
Fire Detection-Elec 2
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-503-138
Hazard Analysis
3
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-503-149
Sprinkler Systems 3
2
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-503-XXX
NICET Advanced
1
AND/OR
10-503-XXX
NICET Advanced
1
10-809-199
Psychology Of Human Relations
3
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-503-140
Special Hazards Systems 2
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-503-148
Technical Project
3
10-503-148 TECHNICAL PROJECT ...independent research report or project utilizing technical and communication skills from Fire Protection Engineering Technician program. Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-503-XXX
NICET Advanced
1
OR
10-503-XXX
NICET Advanced
1
OR
10-503-XXX
NICET Advanced
1
OR
10-503-XXX
NICET Advanced
1
10-801-197
Technical Reporting
3
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-197
Contemporary Amer Society
3
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
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
10-503-185 NICET ADVANCED SPRINKLERS 1 ...certification preparation for Level I and Level II NICET work elements in the subfield of Automatic Sprinkler System Layout. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-503-187
NICET Advanced Special Haz 1, 1 credit – offered third
semester
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-503-186
NICET Advanced Sprinklers 2, 1 credit – offered fourth
semester
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-503-188
NICET Advanced Special Haz 2, 1 credit – offered fourth
semester
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-503-189
NICET Advanced Alarms 1, 1 credit – offered fourth
semester
10-503-189 NICET ADVANCED ALARMS 1 ...certification preparation for Level I and Level II NICET work elements in the subfield of Fire Alarms. Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-503-190
NICET Advanced Alarms 2, 1 credit – offered fourth
semester
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
. 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.

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.

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