Energy & Industrial Technician (EIT)

Why choose NPC?

In the NPC Energy & Industrial Technician (EIT) program experienced industry professionals teach you the skills needed for entry level positions in paper mills, power plants, utilities and communications companies and small to medium manufacturing facilities. Instructional emphasis is placed on foundational mathematics skills as you learn the basic mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical, thermal and sensory control systems found in today's modern industries.

As a convenience, lecture classes on the operations segment of the program are offered online via the Internet with hands-on labs scheduled one evening a week at the Skills Center on the Holbrook NPC campus, the Coronado Generating Station in St. Johns, the Tucson Electric Power (TEP) Generating Station in Springerville or the Navajo Generating Station in Page.

For additional information about the EIT program, contact the program coordinator at the Painted Desert Campus (800) 266-7845, ext. 7360 or visit with an academic adviser at any NPC campus or center.

Jared Dickson earned his Certificate of Proficiency (CP) in mechanical maintenance in just two years taking the program's online lecture classes and hands-on training labs at the Cholla Power Plant. "Those classes are why I wanted to study at NPC!"

Why Study Energy & Industrial Technician

Are you a good problem solver with strong mechanical and technical skills? Do you have a familiarity with computers? If so, you might consider a career in the well-paying industrial maintenance and operations field. A degree or certificate from the NPC Energy & Industrial Technician program can provide you with that critical edge in landing a job in this field.

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), due to the large number of retirements of baby boom workers in the electric power industry, job opportunities are predicted to be excellent for well-qualified applicants. Most entry-level workers start as helpers or laborers before advancing to more responsible positions such as stationery engineers, boiler operators, dispatchers, distributors and plant operators. The median salary for boiler operators in Arizona is $50,310, plant operators earned a median salary of $49,080 and dispatchers/distributors earned nearly $86,610. (U.S. BLS, May 2016, SOC 51.8000)

Degree/Certificate Options

There are eight areas of EIT specialization: electrical; electrical and instrumentation; industrial electrical, motors & PLC's; industrial mechanics & fluid power; industrial plant operations; instrumentation; mechanical maintenance; and operations/maintenance.

Course Information

Lecture classes on the "operations" segment of the EIT program are offered online via the Internet; laboratory classes take place one evening a week at the Skills Center on the Holbrook – Painted Desert Campus, Coronado Generating Station in St. Johns, the Navajo Generating Station in Page and the Tucson Electric Power Generating Station in Springerville. (Check current semester's class schedule for hands-on component scheduling.)

Contact Us

Kenny Keith

Industrial Maintenance & Operations
      Hands-on Training at Four Locations:

  • Coronado Generating Station
    St. Johns, AZ
  • Holbrook – Painted Desert Campus Skills Center
    Holbrook, AZ
  • Navajo Generating Station
    Page, AZ
  • Tucson Electric Power Generating Station
    Springerville, AZ
(800) 266-7845, ext. 7360

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."  Gainful employment disclosure information can be found for specific programs regarding tuition and fees and median loan debt, completion and job placement rates, and jobs related to the program on the web page for each program area.

We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).