Jan 23, 2020
School: Mathematics, Science and Engineering
Academic Dept: Engineering
Curriculum Chair: Richard VanInwegen
Important Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Fall 2018. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Defined
The purpose of the A.A.S. is to be fully trained for immediate employment upon graduation. Students who opt to continue on to pursue higher levels of education are encouraged to check with the receiving institution regarding transferability of credits. Click to learn more about the differences among award types.
The Energy Systems associate degree program prepares graduates for entry-level positions in energy generation, transmission and distribution. The curriculum was developed in conjunction with the New York Power Authority, Entergy and the Consolidated Edison Company to answer a critical need for trained technicians in the region.
Students will acquire the background and skills required for a technical career in the fields of gas, fossil, nuclear, and hydro-electric power, as well as the appropriate communication, math and science skills that employers seek. Through additional elective courses, students may explore a variety of specialties or focus on one. Career options include: Plant Operators, Chemistry Technician, Radiation Protection Technician, Electrical Maintenance Technician, Instrument & Controls Technician, Mechanical Maintenance Technician, Gas Field Technicians, Systems Protection Control Technicians, and Meter Technicians.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:
- Demonstrate understanding of the structure of the energy industry and current developments, including technological trends.
- Demonstrate the technical skills necessary for establishing a career path in the energy industry.
- Demonstrate the ability to solve technical problems using critical thinking and troubleshooting methods.
General Education Requirements - 24 Credits
Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .
Basic Communication (3 credits)
Natural Sciences (4 credits)
Social Sciences (3 credits)
American History, The Arts, Foreign Language, Other World Civilizations, Western Civilization (3 credits)
Select a course from ONE of the following categories:
Degree Requirements - 39 Credits
Select THREE of the following courses:
Degree Requirement Notes
* By Advisement of the Curriculum Chair
Minimum Total Credits - 63
Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click to download the Energy Systems A.A.S. Educational Plan (PDF) .
Career Path Opportunities
Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.
Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transferarticulation to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transfer for additional transfer resources and contacts.
Transfer Scholarship Opportunities
Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors! Go to www.sunywcc.edu/scholarships to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.
Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.