Earn your associate degree through hands-on learning from instructors who have worked in the field
Earning an Associate in Applied Science in Power Plant Technology allows graduates to start a career in the electrical power generation industry. Our program is leading the way in training the next generation of power plant operators. The main focus of our program is clean burning natural gas, combined cycle plant operations.
Students in the Power Plant Technology program utilize and train on cutting-edge technology and equipment for hands-on training. Paid internships, a requirement for this program, ensure students learn and gain real-world experience before they graduate.
Students explore all aspects of a power plant, from water chemistry to electrical distribution. Having 10 power plants within a one-hour drive of the OSUIT campus, site visits are part of the curriculum. Students have a chance to tour multiple plants, speak with operators as well as invite guest speakers from those plants to campus.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, power plant operators control, operate and maintain machinery to generate electricity. They use control boards to distribute power among generators and regulate the output from several generators. They monitor instruments to maintain voltage and electricity flows from the plant to meet consumer demand for electricity, which fluctuates throughout the day. The median annual wage for power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers was $68,230 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $44,110 and the top 10 percent earned more than $92,570.
View the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook: Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers for additional information on the industry.
Earn a Paycheck While Earning a Degree
The majority of degree programs require an internship as part of the curriculum. You won’t just gain experience and knowledge while on internship, but will be paid for your time working there as well.
Nearly 100 Percent Job Placement
Within six months of graduation, nearly 100 percent of OSUIT graduates report job placement.
Learn from the Experts
Our instructors have extensive real-world experience and teach current best practices based on industry standards.
Save Big on Tuition
At just $5,800, tuition at OSUIT is about half the in-state tuition for most state universities.
Get Credit for Prior Learning
Transfer your qualified credits or industry experience to accelerate your graduation and save thousands on tuition.
Financial Aid Options
Student financial aid awards depend upon two factors: financial need and availability of funds. To determine need, applicant financial circumstances are evaluated. Various federal and state-funded financial aid programs are available to students enrolled in a degree program at OSUIT.
Talk to an enrollment advisor today. We can tell you how many of your previously earned credits will apply, how the program will fit into your lifestyle, how much the program will cost, what options are available for financing and financial aid and just how soon you can expect to graduate.
Founded in 1946, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology is a recognized leader in applied technology education and is known for world-class teaching facilities, partnerships with industry and a nearly 100 percent career placement rate.
OSUIT programs of study are approved by the Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Oklahoma State Accrediting Agency. OSUIT, a public state-supported institution, has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1975.