Power Plant Technology

The Power Plant Technology program will give students an understanding of the generation process in the five types of power plants; coal, nuclear, gas, hydroelectric, and solar power. This career path is technically challenging and very rewarding. Energy companies across Kansas have partnered with Power Plant Technology to offer advanced industry-sponsored training for the operation, installation, servicing and repairing of power plant equipment. FHTC offers the only power plant training program in Kansas.

Program Options

Power Plant Technology offers a technical certificate and associate of applied science degree option. Classes are available online or face-to-face. High school seniors and juniors are also eligible to apply to this program.

The technical certificate is a one-year program that contains technical courses related to the basic skills and knowledge needed for entry-level employment opportunities in a high-demand industry. For graduates wanting to continue their education, certificate courses are transferable to the Power Plant AAS degree program.

The Power Plant Technology associate of applied science degree is a one and a half year accelerated program that contains technical and general education courses. The program can also be completed during a two-year span. Graduates will possess the knowledge and skills, acquired through classroom, laboratory and internship experiences, needed to partake in advanced industry-sponsored training for the operation, installation, servicing and repairing of power plant equipment.

Associates Degree Course Requirements Technical Certificate Course Requirements

Career Opportunities

The energy industry provides a service that impacts the daily lives of every individual and business in the United States. The retirements of the aging workforce, in combination with an increased demand for electricity, create a tremendous opportunity for students starting a career in energy. Power plants are looking for individuals with an understanding of the generation process to fill varied positions that are both technically challenging and rewarding. Energy companies across Kansas have partnered with the Power Plant program to make sure students are able to spend time in the plants as part of their FHTC experience. Industry experts across the United States have identified FHTC as a “best practice” program in preparing students for this challenging, interesting and rewarding career.

Career opportunities include:

  • Combined Cycle or Cogeneration Power Plants
  • Fossil Fuel Power Plants
  • Thermal Power Plants
  • Hydro-Electric Power Plants
  • Nuclear Power Plants

Program Faculty

Richard Vilander

Power Plant Technology Instructor

Division Chair - Technology

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Rick began as a Power Plant Technology instructor at FHTC in 2013. Prior to that, he worked at Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Company for 27 years, holding positions as an Instrumentation and Control Technician, I&C Training Instructor, and 15 years in training management. Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Ministry from Manhattan Christian College and a Technical Certificate in Airframe and Power Plant from Kansas Technical Institute. He also has several certifications including: Institute of Nuclear Plant Operators Instructor Certification; Institute of Nuclear Plant Operators I&C Technician Certification; Certified Flight Instructor; Certified Airframe and Power Plant Instructor; Certified Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic; and FAA Authorized Aircraft Inspector.

Jeff Devilbiss

Power Plant Technology Instructor

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Jeff began as a Power Plant Technology instructor at FHTC in 2009. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard serving as a Nuclear Shift Test Engineer where he overhauled, repaired, and tested the propulsion plant equipment, nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.


620-343-4717
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Rick began as a Power Plant Technology instructor at FHTC in 2013. Prior to that, he worked at Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Company for 27 years, holding positions as an Instrumentation and Control Technician, I&C Training Instructor, and 15 years in training management. Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Ministry from Manhattan Christian College and a Technical Certificate in Airframe and Power Plant from Kansas Technical Institute. He also has several certifications including: Institute of Nuclear Plant Operators Instructor Certification; Institute of Nuclear Plant Operators I&C Technician Certification; Certified Flight Instructor; Certified Airframe and Power Plant Instructor; Certified Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic; and FAA Authorized Aircraft Inspector.


620-341-1371
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Jeff began as a Power Plant Technology instructor at FHTC in 2009. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard serving as a Nuclear Shift Test Engineer where he overhauled, repaired, and tested the propulsion plant equipment, nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Program Information & Resources

Power Plant Technology Cost Sheet View Document
Power Plant Technology Cost Sheet - Online View Document
Power Plant Technology Cost Sheet - High School Students View Document