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Protective Services Education Building 100
1701 Pearson Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-5400
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Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Fire Protection Technician

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 105032

Overview

As of Fall 2018, your online associate degree is within reach from home. If you have experience as a volunteer, part-time or full-time firefighter, this program is for you.

The online program requires you to have:

If you need these certifications, earn them anywhere in Wisconsin or at Madison College while you work toward your degree online. Questions about certifications? Contact Dillon Gavinski at DMGavinski@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 616-1526. 

Benefits to you:

  • Earn your associate degree for career advancement and promotions.
  • Advance even further in your career by transferring to UW-Oshkosh for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Find opportunities with municipal fire departments, insurance and government agencies, and in the field of industrial safety and related fields.

Program Details

Fire Protection Technician is on a career pathway that includes this associate degree, a technical diploma and a certificate. All will prepare you for a good job. The associate degree allows you to transfer to another college to earn your bachelor’s degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

Students in the Fire Protection Technician program can attend full or part-time. Classes should be taken in the sequence listed.

Fire classes are offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax
  • Online - Fall 2018

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

Fire Protection Technician Program


Admission

To Apply
 

  • View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.  

In-person Program         Online Program

        Effective Fall 2019 - Program Admission Requirements

  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
     
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 

Questions?

Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

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Third Semester




 

elective

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Outcomes

After completing the Fire Protection Technician program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to demonstrate:

Professionalism

  • Demonstrate professional conduct by displaying personal code of ethics, positive work ethics, flexibility, teamwork skills, physical fitness, safe procedures, and sensitivity to diverse cultures and individuals.

Technical Skills

  • Develop and employ an incident command system.
  • Develop and apply preincident plan.
  • Demonstrate awareness of basic fire code enforcement inspection process.
  • Develop and present public fire education seminars.
  • Investigate fires.
  • Perform fire service hydraulics.

Technical Knowledge

  • Explain and apply strategic tactical priorities for safety, rescue, incident control, and loss control for situations including: fire suppression, search and rescue, hazardous materials, and disaster management.

Communication Skills

  • Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and through written documentation with clients, coworkers, other agencies and supervisors.

Management Skills

  • Apply appropriate management skills to work effectively within emergency services organizations.
Careers

Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field including:

  • Firefighter
  • EMT
  • Fire Protection Technician
  • Fire Protection Systems Installer
  • Industrial Safety Technician
  • Property Risk Management Specialist

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

  • Fire Protection Consultant
  • Fire Protection Equipment Sales Manager
  • Industrial Safety Manager
  • Municipal Safety Manager
  • Property Loss/Risk Management Supervisor
  • Fire Investigator
  • Fire Marshal
  • Fire Inspector
  • Fire Officer

 

  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 23 23 14
    Number of Surveys Sent 23 22 14
    Number of Surveys Returned 13 5 9
    Percent of Surveys Returned 56.50% 22.70% 64.30%
    Available for Employment 7 4 7
    Percent Available for Employment 77.80% 80.00% 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 6 1 2
    Percent Not in Labor Market 66.70% 20.00% 28.60%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 5 3 6
    Percent of Graduates Employed 71.40% 75.00% 85.70%
    Employed in Related Occupation 3 1 4
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 60.00% 33.30% 66.70%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 2 2
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 40.00% 66.70% 33.30%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 2 1 1
    Percent Seeking Employment 28.60% 25.00% 14.30%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.2 3.9
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 9 5 7
    Very Satisfied 4 1 6
    Percent Very Satisfied 44.40% 20.00% 85.70%
    Satisfied 5 4 1
    Percent Satisfied 55.60% 80.00% 14.30%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 13 5 9
    Preparation for Getting a Job 5 3 5
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 38.50% 60.00% 55.60%
    Career Change 3 1 2
    Percent Career Change 23.10% 20.00% 22.20%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0 1 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 20.00% 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 4 0 2
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 30.80% 0.00% 22.20%
    Personal Interest 0 0 0
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Other 1 0 0
    Percent Other 7.70% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 4 3 6
    Before Enrollment 2 0 2
    Percent Before Enrollment 50.00% 0.00% 33.30%
    While Attending the College 0 1 1
    Percent While Attending the College 0.00% 33.30% 16.70%
    After Training at the College 2 2 3
    Percent After Training at the College 50.00% 66.70% 50.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 5 4 6
    In College District 2 2 4
    Percent In College District 40.00% 50.00% 66.70%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 0 2
    Percent of In Wisconsin 20.00% 0.00% 33.30%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 2 2 0
    Percent Location Unknown 40.00% 50.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2 2 5
    Average Monthly Wage $2,651 $2,410 $3,531
    Average Hourly Wage $15.41 $14.01 $20.53
    Average Work Hours per Week 50 53.7 46.4
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 0
    Average Hourly Wage $14.90
    Average Work Hours per Week 28 16
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open
    TechConnect Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 4 90
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 7 62
    Total Jobs 11 152
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    City of Madison Fire Dept Firefighter
    City of Sun Prairie Fire Dept Firefighter Sun Prairie
    City Of Waukesha Firefighter Waukesha
    Mount Horeb Fire Dept Intern Firefighter Mount Horeb

    * - TechConnect jobs are through the Wisconsin Technical College System.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.