Associate of Applied Science Degree - Energy Technologies - Geothermal Energy Emphasis

Location: 475 Edison Way
Phone: 775-856-5300
Fax: 775-856-5320

The geothermal energy program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to enter the workforce in the renewable energy field as Geothermal Power Plant Operators (GPO). GPOs control and monitor geothermal production for power plants. They regulate and distribute power among generators, monitor instruments to maintain voltage, and regulate electricity current from the plant. GPOs need strong mechanical, electrical, technical, and computer skills.

Degree Outcomes

Students completing the degree will:

  • Fulfill the requirements of the Associate of Applied Science.
  • Demonstrate competency in their specified emphasis.

Emphasis Outcomes

Students completing the emphasis will:

  • Synthesize the design and operational aspects of the operation of a geothermal power plant.
  • Identify, analyze, and solve technical problems associated with the operation of a geothermal power plant.
  • Identify and apply the appropriate environmental regulations in the operation of a geothermal power plant.

AAS degrees are non-transfer degrees that are designed for students to enter the workforce.

To earn an AAS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Diversity 1[3]
ENG 101Composition I3
or ENG 113 Composition I for International Students
ENG 107Technical Communications I3
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science3
Human Relations3
Workplace Readiness
Pre-Calculus I (or higher)
GEOL 101Geology: Exploring Planet Earth4
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Degree Requirements
ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering Design3
ENGR 110Introduction to Renewable Energy3
ENGR 244Introduction to Engineering Economics2
ENRG 110Basic Electricity3
IS 101Introduction to Information Systems3
OSH 222General Industry Safety1
Emphasis Requirements
ELM 127Introduction to AC Controls3
ELM 129Electric Motors and Drives3
ELM 134Programmable Logic Controllers I3
ENGR 243Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulics and Hydrology3
ENRG 171Well Design, Construction, and Geology1
ENRG 172Fluids, Piping, Valves and Pumps4
ENRG 173Geothermal Plants, Turbines, and Generators3
ENRG 174Environmental Regulations for Geothermal Plant Operators1
GEOL 206Geology of Geothermal Energy Resources3
Total Units61

Course may also count toward degree requirement. Please consult with Academic Advisement.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ENGR 100 Introduction to Engineering Design 3
ENGR 110 Introduction to Renewable Energy 3
ENRG 110 Basic Electricity 3
IS 101 Introduction to Information Systems 3
Mathematics 3 3
OSH 222 General Industry Safety 1
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
Fine Arts/Humanities/Social Science/Diversity 2 3
ENG 101 Composition I 3
ELM 127 Introduction to AC Controls 3
ENGR 244 Introduction to Engineering Economics 2
ENRG 171 Well Design, Construction, and Geology 1
ENRG 172 Fluids, Piping, Valves and Pumps 4
 Semester Total16
3rd semester
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 2 3
ELM 129 Electric Motors and Drives 3
ENG 107 Technical Communications I 3
ENGR 243 Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulics and Hydrology 3
ENRG 174 Environmental Regulations for Geothermal Plant Operators 1
GEOL 101 Geology: Exploring Planet Earth 4
 Semester Total17
4th semester
ELM 134 Programmable Logic Controllers I 3
ENRG 173 Geothermal Plants, Turbines, and Generators 3
GEOL 206 Geology of Geothermal Energy Resources 3
Human Relations 3 3
 Semester Total12
 Total Units61

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.


 See program recommendations or requirements.