Power Systems Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Power Systems Technology program is designed to provide trade-related classroom training, including skills in the repair and maintenance of industrial machinery and equipment related to the power generation industry. The program consists of a core curriculum that is common to all power plant disciplines. The student selects a track of study - using a stackable Certificate of Completion in the areas of mechanical, electrical, or industrial technology - to complete specialized craft-related training.


Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan
Power Systems Technology (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2022

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Students who wish to obtain the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program (NUCP) industry certificate may be required to meet additional standards. Please contact the Division or Program Director for more information.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate the fundamentals of workplace safety and accident prevention related to the repair and maintenance of mechanical, electrical, and other industrial machinery and equipment per the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  2. Apply mathematical concepts of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to the industrial setting.
  3. Apply the appropriate mechanical and/or electrical fundamental concepts and tools for repair and maintenance of power generation specific machinery and equipment.
  4. Explain systems, components, and functions related to operations within a power generation station.
  5. Apply the knowledge of electro-mechanical components to power generation and distribution.
  6. Apply the knowledge of fluid-control components to the operation of power plants or other industries.
  7. Evaluate blueprints, diagrams and schematics to analyze and troubleshoot the operation of machinery and equipment.
  8. Effectively communicate and work within a diverse team structure.
  9. Demonstrate professionalism with conduct, ethics, and work practices.
  10. Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field.

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment


Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians


Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers


* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2021.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the award.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Note: You will have to select one of the options below to view available course sequences.

Pathway Map Option Details

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Full-time Sequence

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Part-time Sequence

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Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Power Systems Technology (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm13?id=176662).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Previous Catalog Years

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. All previous catalog years for this pathway map are available at the link below.