Fire Science Technology

MC prepares students to meet state requirements for careers as firefighters.

Students who complete all Midland College and Texas Commission on Fire Protection eligibility requirements may take the Basic Suppression Exam that certifies individuals for entry-level firefighter positions statewide.

Midland College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology and a Firefighter Certificate. The Firefighter Certificate includes Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification courses.

MC is certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

Fire Science students practicing a drill at the training fire field Two Fire Science instructors standing by the fire truck controls Fire Science students putting out a structure fire at the training facility

Program Details

Click Links Below for Details

Current High School Student

Visit the Fire/EMT Dual Credit Program page for details.

Fire/EMT Dual Credit Program


High School Graduate

Complete The Application

Fire & EMS Program Application


Upon completion of the application, students may be contacted to schedule an interview with the department chair.

Marketable Skills

Pursuing a degree in this field of study will provide marketable skills in these areas:

  • Monitoring – Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Evaluating different options and selecting the most appropriate plans of action
  • Critical Thinking – Intellectually processing information actively and skillfully to analyze and/or synthesize material presented in a variety of ways
  • Operation and Control – Using equipment or systems individually and as a team member
  • Service Orientation – Providing active and proactive assistance to those in need
  • Time Management – Prioritize workload to attend to the most critical needs first, and if needed, be willing to ask for help
  • Writing – Demonstrating complete, accurate and effective professional documentation
  • Communication – Using active listening skills and speaking effectively with a diverse population

Career Opportunities

There are a number of exciting and in-demand career options in the fire service field, including:

  • Municipal Firefighters
  • Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
  • Forest and Conservation Technicians
  • Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors
  • Insurance Inspection
  • Industrial Safety Technician


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of firefighters is projected to grow 7% from 2016 to 2026.

Visit the course catalog for the most complete and up-to-date information.

PLEASE NOTE: Completion of Midland College degrees and/or certificates does not guarantee eligibility to take a certification/registry/licensure examination. The eligibility of each person is determined on an individual basis by the regulatory body of the specific discipline. If you have a conviction of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, physical or mental disability/illness, hospitalization/treatment for chemical dependency within the past five years, current intemperate use of drugs or alcohol or a previous denial of a licensure or action by a licensing authority, you will need to contact the specific regulatory body for an individual ruling. Some programs require a criminal background check and urine and drug screen.



MC Fire Truck


Department Chair

Mark Kuhn
(432) 685-6757


Harris Training Field
3215 FM 307
Midland, Texas



Fire Science Technology Faculty Contact Information

Division Office

Workforce Education

Pevehouse Administration Building
Room 141
(432) 685-6709
Building Floor Plan



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