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    Apr 23, 2024  
Catalog 2020-2021 
Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Energy Systems Technology, AAS

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No. Credits:  60
Contact: Bernice Brezina, Chair, Business, Technology, and Public Service Division;
Armando Hernandez Christian, Program Coordinator

The Associate of Applied Science in Energy Systems Technology degree has two areas of concentration: Instrumentation and Control/Electrical and Mechanical.  The Associate of Applies Science Energy Systems Technology degree will have both academic and industrial focus, resulting in the education and training for required for graduates.

Instrumentation and Control maintenance technicians understand, install, test and maintain components and control systems in power plants.  The program will emphasize instrumentation and control systems relevant to the nuclear industry, though many principles will also apply to other types of power plants, electrical utilities systems, and energy-related systems. 

Electrical maintenance technicians maintain and repair highly complex electrical/electronic equipment required for a nuclear plant.  Complementing the instructional focus, the industrial focus will be on electrical utilities and energy related-systems.  Students and faculty will work with industry to demonstrate the ability to install, inspect, troubleshoot and test electrical equipment such as motors, generators, controllers, transformers, switchgear, circuit breakers and batteries.

Mechanical maintenance technicians perform preventative, corrective and special maintenance on systems, components and structural facilities to ensure the reliability of a nuclear power plant.  Complementing the instructional focus, the industrial focus will be on the electrical utilities and energy related-systems.  Students and faculty will work with industry to demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot, inspect and rework a variety of valves, pumps and related equipment in a power plant.

Students who complete the program with a grade point average of 2.8 or above and no grade lower than a ‘B” in the core (CHE 1050, EGT, ELT, ENE, MTH 1011, MTH 1012 and PHY 1010) courses will receive in addition to the Associate of Applied Science degree, a certificate of completion signed by the Nation Academy of Nuclear Training Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plan, and the College of Southern Maryland.  This certificate is accepted at all nuclear power plants in the United States and will signify the student’s completion of an Energy Systems Technology Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program (NUCP) based on curriculum of study.

Prospective students must meet specific academic standards prior to admission to the program.  Students will meet with the program coordinator to sign an Acknowledgement of Understanding (AOU).  Students must maintain a grade of “C” or better in all courses in order to progress in the program.

Candidates must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for admission:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Placement into ENG 1010 and MTH 0950 (or above)

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 45.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will

  1. Explain and use classical physics terms including thermodynamics and heat transfer and basic nuclear physics concepts.
  2. Discuss and apply mathematical concepts, scientific notation, dimensional analysis, algebra, and simple geometry.
  3. Explain basic concepts of chemistry and radiation interaction fundamentals.
  4. Demonstrate and discuss the basic concepts of electrical fundamentals and electronics. 
  5. Describe and identify nuclear plant components and demonstrate basic system knowledge. 
  6. Apply and analyze maintenance standards and discuss common failure mechanisms. 
  7. Explain properties of metals and alloys and plant material problems.

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. College Prep and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.

Arts/humanities (3 credits)

Completion of this course meets the Arts/Humanities and Cultural and Global Awareness requirements.


  • See Gen Ed  Listing and select any Arts/Humanities course from within the Cultural and Global Awareness course list.

Area of Concentration:

Please take all the courses listed under your particular area of concentration

Area of Concentration:

Please take all courses listed under your particular area of concentration

Social/behavioral sciences (3 credits)



* Courses requiring a prerequisite or co-requisite   

****Pending MHEC approval

Course Indicators: English Composition (E), Arts (A), Cultural and Global Awareness (C), Humanities (H), Biological/Physical Sciences (S), Social/Behavioral Sciences (B), Mathematics (M)

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