In the late 1970s, our society started moving from the Industrial Age to the Information Age.  But no matter how much our computers do for us today, we still need people who build things and make things for us.  We still need industry.  It’s dangerous work, though.  Every year, thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths occur in the workplace — most of them in the industrial sector.  Fires and explosions account for many of those deaths. Our associate’s program will prepare you for an immediate career in protecting those who work in this crucial area. 

Train in one of the country’s most innovative programs.

You won’t find this two-year degree in many other institutions.  Our program prepares you for professional work with a unique mix of courses that give you a basic knowledge of fire protection and safety in the industrial environment — that is, manufacturing, construction, and other service-related firms.

Your courses will take you through:

  • the principles of fire technology
  • the chemistry and physics of fire
  • fire protection hydraulics and water supply
  • fire prevention
  • process and transportation hazards
  • the ins and outs of fire and casualty insurance 

Along the way, you’ll also develop a deep appreciation of the hazards, not only to human lives, but also to entire businesses.  Damage to equipment and buildings can slow down or even kill a business, having a devastating economic impact on both owners and workers.

When you finish the program, you’ll be ready to move immediately into a career in the private sector in occupational safety and fire protection or industrial safety. Your skill set will also qualify you to join a private fire department, insurance company, or other related organization. 

Acquire top-notch skills in state-of-the-art fire laboratories. 

Out of the classroom and inside our labs, you’ll get the hands-on experience that lets you hit the ground running when you start your career.  Modern and well equipped, the labs replicate what happens in real-world situations.  You’ll work in:

The Fire Dynamics Laboratory.  Here, you’ll experiment with burning metals and other materials.  See first-hand how certain materials ignite and how they burn as well as how they react with various extinguishing agents.

The Fire Detection/Alarm Laboratory.  We updated this cutting-edge facility in 2010 to the newly updated NFPA alarm codes.  You’ll use it to experiment and understand the details of how a code-compliant alarm system operates.

The Sprinkler Laboratory.  This is where you’ll have the chance to reset a sprinkler system, trip the valve, and flow water out of whichever head you choose – sidewall, pendant, upright, or deluge-style head.

Learn from instructors with experience on the front line.

You’ll work with well-trained, expert faculty members whose resumes are heavy on professional experience in fire and occupational safety.  They all remain tapped into the latest trends in technology and maintain strong connections with firefighters and others in the field who report on their experiences.  What happens out there comes straight into the classroom.

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Fire Science, A.S.