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(Wallace and Sparks Campuses)

Program Description:

The Applied Engineering Technology program provides instruction and skills development in the rapidly growing, related fields of Industrial Systems Technology and Nuclear Systems Technology. Instruction is presented at a highly technical level, involving the applications of mathematics, science, and communication skills as well as hands-on training in AC and DC fundamentals, process controls, and principles of industrial mechanics and maintenance, robots, programmable controllers, hydraulics and pneumatics, radiation protection and detection, reactor plant protection and safety and nuclear plant systems. The Applied Engineering Technology program is approved by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) under the sponsorship of the Alabama Department of Education, as an Accredited Training and Education Facility (ATEF).

Industrial Systems Technology - The Industrial Systems Technology curriculum provides instruction and skills development in the rapidly growing related fields of electricity, electronics, industrial systems technology, and nuclear technology. The curriculum is presented at a high technical level, involving the applications of mathematics, science, and communication skills, as well as hands-on training in electrical, process control, mechanical, fluid power, and nuclear technologies. Students will be exposed to a common core of courses and will then choose an area of specialization in electrical technology, electronics, industrial systems technology, and nuclear technology. Successful completion of the program prepares the student for entry-level employment in a variety of industrial-related fields.

Nuclear Systems Technology - The Nuclear Systems Technology program is designed to address the nuclear industry's increasing need for well-trained nuclear technicians.  The program is made up of a planned sequence of courses that meet the defined educational requirements of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Uniform Curriculum Guide, which is standardized across the nation. Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce in nuclear power plants as entry-level employees at the technician, maintenance, and non-licensed operator level.

Career Opportunities:

Industrial Systems Technology - Overall employment of electrical and electronics installers and repairers is expected to grow by 5 percent through the year 2018. Growth rates, however, will vary by occupational specialty.  Job opportunities should be best for applicants with an associate degree in electronics, certification, and related experience. In addition to employment growth, the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force will result in some job openings.

Nuclear Systems Technology - In the College's service area and across the country, nuclear power is experiencing renewed growth.  The Nuclear Systems Technology program prepares individuals for a stable, rewarding, and high-paying career in the nuclear power industry.  The programs provide a foundation for jobs in nuclear plant maintenance and non-licensed operations.

Skills Needed:

Industrial Systems Technology - Installers and repairers should have good eyesight and color perception to work with the intricate components used in electronic equipment. Field technicians work closely with customers and should have good communication skills and a neat appearance. Employers also may require that field technicians have a driver license.

Nuclear Systems Technology - Successful nuclear power technicians must possess strong communication and analytical skills, mechanical aptitude, good computer skills, the ability to read and interpret service manuals, an interest in keeping abreast of new technology, and a special desire to learn new service and repair procedures.

Expected Earnings/Salary:

Industrial Machinery Mechanics
Maintenance Workers, Machinery

    CATALOG INFORMATION (Course Requirements)(pdf)

    Gainful Employment Information

    Short Certificate

    Contact Information

    Mr. Steven Tice
    Industrial Systems Technology Instructor
    334-983-3521x2603 - Dothan

    Mr. Quincey Banks
    Industrial System Technology Instructor
    E-mail: qbanks@wallace.edu
    334-687-3543x4217 - Eufaula