Energy Generation Operations

Energy Generation Operations

Program Description

Prepare yourself for one of the fastest growing industries in the world with a degree from our Energy Generation Operations program. The increased need for power plant operators makes this the perfect time to study a career in energy.

We have a state-of-the-art control room simulator which replicates real-time operations at a coal-fueled power plant, a gas turbine powered power plant and an electric transmission operations control center for an entire state. When you graduate, you will be qualified to become an operator or technician in a power plant, bio-fuels production facility, wind farm, various energy production operations, and a wide range of processing facilities, including fertilizer manufacturing, water and wastewater treatment plants, and breweries.

Students entering this program may qualify for the following:

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Awards Offered: A.A.S. Degree / Certificate / Diploma
Locations: Milford
Formats: Hybrid / In-Person
Start: Fall / Spring
Schedule: Full-Time / Part-time
Estimated Total Cost
$9,893 Associate of Applied Science
$4,422 Diploma
$2,566 Certificate

You can start the Energy Generation Operations program in the Fall or Spring terms. Follow these steps to finish your application:

  1. Want to learn more about SCC? Come see how SCC will help you achieve Your Path to Possible! Schedule a campus visit!
  2. Need help exploring career opportunities or navigating the admissions process? Schedule an appointment with an Admissions Counselor.
  3. Ready to apply? Complete an Application for Admission.
  4. Submit ACT, SAT, Next Generation Accuplacer, or Accuplacer test scores (reading and math) or official college transcripts showing completion of post-secondary coursework in English and math to the Admissions Office at any SCC location.

Our program provides three semester of common core curriculum for several types of processing operations. In the fourth semester, you will select elective courses to match your specialization area.

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You’re a Good Fit

You will be successful in our Energy Generation Operations program if you:

  • are a responsible person of character, honesty and integrity
  • possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • have the ability to perform physically demanding work in all types of weather
  • are a sequential and analytical thinker/problem solver
  • are computer proficient and a detail oriented person who does a job thoroughly
  • understand engagement and repetition
  • are willing to work shift work as a member of a team
  • have mechanical aptitude


Careers

Our program provides three semester of common core curriculum for several types of processing operations. In the fourth semester, you will select elective courses to match your specialization area. Our Energy Generation Operations program prepares you for high-quality entry-level positions in various energy generation fields, including nuclear, coal, natural gas, biofuels, and wind. Recent SCC graduates report an average starting annual salary of $72,592. Career options in Energy Generation Operations include:

  • Operations Crew Leader
  • Operator
  • Sub Transmission & Distribution Operator
  • Technician

For more information about the post-graduation achievements of SCC Graduates as well as average starting salaries, refer to the annual Graduate Report (PDF).

For information about the methodologies used to gather the post-graduation student achievement data contained in the annual Graduate Report, refer to the Institutional Research page or contact ir@southeast.edu.