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Fire Protection Technician Degree - curriculum
2012-13 Fire Protection Technician Associate in Applied Science Degree —
Oak Creek Campus
Program Code: 10-503-2

This curriculum goes into effect starting in summer 2012.

Overview — The Fire Protection Technician associate degree program prepares students for employment in the fire service and/or for fire-related duties within private industry. The objectives of the program are twofold: to instruct qualified high school graduates who are seeking a career in the fire service, and to update firefighters and officers on changes within the fire service. Students will have the opportunity to obtain four Wisconsin certifications, which exceeds most entry-level firefighter requirements and will prepare them for career advancement. In addition, successful completion of the Hazardous Materials course (FIRE-152) awards an MATC Hazardous Materials certification. Students also are given the opportunity to practice interviewing techniques, develop a resume, and take a candidate physical agility test (CPAT), which is recognized as the minimum physical standard for entry into most departments. Core abilities include the ability to work under stress, communicate effectively, collaborate with others, respect diversity, demonstrate responsibility, think critically and utilize technology.

Career Outlook — Fire technology is becoming more complex, and the challenges and responsibilities that a firefighter assumes are becoming increasingly demanding. Therefore, well-trained and educated firefighters are being sought by public and private concerns alike. Providing that a candidate can pass the required medical, physical and written tests, a typical program graduate exceeds entry-level firefighter requirements and is better prepared for career advancement through competitive examination. Opportunities also are available within private industry.

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers expect you as a program graduate to be able to:

  • Apply skills to identify and solve firefighting problems
  • Apply tactics and strategies to emergency fire incidents
  • Utilize fire protective equipment
  • Demonstrate fire safety procedures
  • Determine causes of fires
  • Demonstrate knowledge of arson investigation procedures
  • Respond to emergencies related to hazardous materials
  • Demonstrate ability to function as a member of a team
  • Demonstrate physical fitness and health consciousness

Preparation for Admission — The following are required for admission to the program:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • One year of high school-level chemistry
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment

Additional courses in chemistry and other sciences would be helpful. A good mechanical aptitude is also important. Because fire fighting is a physically demanding career that requires you to pass a rigorous physical endurance examination, you should be in excellent physical condition and have no disabilities that would preclude you from admission into fire service.

Future Opportunities — If you are interested in a baccalaureate degree upon completion of the program, check with a program counselor or advisor, and the institution you plan to attend regarding the transfer of MATC credits.

This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Possible Careers:

Firefighter
EMT
Industrial Fire Prevention
Industrial Safety

Related Programs:

Criminal Justice — Law Enforcement
EMS — Emergency Medical Services 

For more information, call 414-571-4500.

Curriculum effective 2012-13. 

TECHNICAL STUDIES 

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

(1)

 

FIRE-139

Principles of Emergency Services

3

 

(1)

 

FIRE-143

Building Construction

3

 

(1)

 

FIRE-147

Fire Protection System ‡

4

 

(2)

 

FIRE-156

Strategies, Tactics and Incident Management ‡

4

 

(2)


FIRE-142

Firefighting Principles

4


(2)


FIRE-151

Fire Prevention ‡

4


(3)

 

EMS-195

EMT Basics for Fire ‡

5

 

(3)

 

FIRE-109

Emergency and Disaster Planning ‡

3

 

(3)

 

FIRE-152

Hazardous Materials ‡

4

 

(3)


FIRE-114

Employability Skills ‡

3


(4)

 

FIRE-155

Fire Protection Hydraulics ‡

4

 

(4)

 

FIRE-116

Fire Department Management ‡

2

 

(4)


FIRE-157

Fire Investigation ‡

3



 

 

 

 

 

GENERAL STUDIES

 

 

 

 

ECON-195

Economics

3

 



OR

Any 200-series ECON Course




 


ENG-151 and

Communication Skills 1 ‡

3

 


 

ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

3

 

 

 

OR

ENG-201 and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course

 

 


 


MATH-107


College Mathematics ‡


3

 

 

 

OR

Any 200-series MATH course

 

 




NATSCI-177

General Anatomy and Physiology

4



 


PSYCH-199



Psychology of Human Relations



3

 

 

 

OR

Any 200-series PSYCH course

 

 


 


SOCSCI-172


Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Studies


3

 

 

 

OR

SOCSCI-217 Valuing Diversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Electives: Two Credits Needed                                 2

 

 

 

FIRE-104

Fire Internship ‡


 

 

 

FLANG-117

Conversational Spanish for Service Occupations


 

 

 

PHYED-210

An Active Approach to Wellness and Fitness


 

TOTAL CREDITS: 70

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Prerequisite required.

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with GENERAL EDUCATION courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

For course descriptions, times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.