Tuesday – November 21, 2017

Fire Protection Technician (2017-2018)

Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Technology and Applied Sciences / Law, Public Safety & Security Career Cluster

Oak Creek Campus
Program Code: 10-503-2


For Information: 414-297-6315
Oak Creek Campus, 414-571-4500


Overview — The Fire Protection Technician 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 three Wisconsin Fire certifications and a Wisconsin Emergency Medical Technician license, which exceeds most entry-level firefighter requirements and will help prepare the graduate for career advancement. In addition, successful completion of the class FIRE-152 awards an MATC Hazardous Materials Technician certification.


Students also are given the opportunity to practice oral interviewing techniques, develop a résumé and take a candidate physical agility test (CPAT), which is recognized as the minimum physical standard for entry onto 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. Also important for success in the program are a good mechanical aptitude and excellent physical condition with no restrictions. 



Career Pathway — You can earn the Emergency Medical Technician technical diploma on your way to completing this associate degree. Contact an MATC advisor for information.


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 entities.

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 program graduates to:

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

 

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

  • Age 17 and older
  • Students entering the program must have an official high school or GED/HSED transcript, and an ACT or MATC's assessment test score above the program minimum
  • Background check and medical exam
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment

One year of high school-level chemistry (minimum grade C) is recommended.

Note — Each student enrolled in the Fire Protection Technician degree program will be required to take classes for which a State of Wisconsin criminal and driving background check and specific immunization(s) will be required at the student’s expense. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will preclude the student from being able to fulfill the requirements of the Fire Protection Technician associate degree.

 

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

 

Possible Careers
Firefighter
Emergency Medical Technician
Industrial Fire Prevention
Industrial Safety


Related Programs
Emergency Medical Technician
Criminal Justice Studies 
Emergency Medical Technician — Paramedic

 

Start Dates: August/January
Sixteen-week terms.
This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.
 

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 

TECHNICAL STUDIES 

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

(1)

 

FIRE-191

Principles of Emergency Services

2

 

(1)

 

FIRE-192

Principles of Emergency Services Safety and Survival

3

 

(1)
 
FIRE-193 Fire Protection Systems 3  

(1)

 

FIRE-143

Building Construction for Fire Protection

3

 

(2)

 

FIRE-142

Firefighting Principles

4

 

(2) 
 
FIRE-153 Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations 1  
(2)
 
FIRE-154 Hazardous Materials Chemistry ‡  

(2)

 

FIRE-156

Strategies, Tactics and Incident Management ‡

4

 

(3)

 

EMS-192

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic ‡

5

 

(3)

 

FIRE-144

Advanced Firefighting Principles ‡

2

 

(3)

 

FIRE-114

Employability Skills ‡

3

 

(3)

 

FIRE-151

Fire Prevention ‡

4

 

(4)

 

FIRE-157

Fire Investigation ‡

3

 

(4)

 

FIRE-116

Fire Department Management ‡

3

 

(4)

 

FIRE-194

Fire Protection Hydraulics ‡

3

 

(4)

 

FIRE-195

Fire Behavior and Combustion 

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


Introduction to Diversity Studies


3

 

 

 

 

(or) SOCSCI-217 Valuing Diversity

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 70
 

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.


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

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.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

 

Page updated March 2017.