Alternative Energy Technology I

Award: Career Studies

Length: Variable

Purpose: The Alternative Energy Technology I Career Studies Certificate curriculum is designed for persons who are seeking entry-level employment in the solar energy or modern battery storage industries. Persons that would benefit from this program include, but are not limited to, those who are seeking initial employment, those currently employed seeking advancement, those wanting to improve or update their skill set and those seeking career change.

Occupational Objectives: The Career Studies Certificate in Alternative Energy Technology I provides an understanding of the elements and practices of alternative energy technologies (solar pv, wind, geothermal, biomass, solar thermal and battery storage). Possible careers in alternative energy-related fields include manufacturing, installation or sales.

Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements of the College, entry into this program requires a basic level of computer proficiency and one unit of HS math. Strengths and weaknesses can be determined by an appropriate placement test as recommended by your counselor. You may correct any deficiencies though the College’s Developmental Studies program.

Program Requirements: To receive the Alternative Energy Technology I Career Studies Certificate you must complete a minimum of 16 credits of the listed courses.

Program Outcomes: Graduates of the Alternative Energy Technology I Career Studies Certificate will:
1. Demonstrate ability to produce or store energy using at least one non- traditional energy technology.
2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate technical concepts and ideas effectively.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of basic technologies needed to produce and use energy from solar and wind sources.

    Course Credits
ELE 115 Basic AC/DC Electric Circuits 3
ENV 170 Fundamentals of Energy Technology 2
ENE 100 Conventional and Alternate Energy Applications 4
ENE 195 Intro to Battery Technology 3
Elective One of the following courses:  
ENE 110 Solar Power Installations 4
ENE 105 Solar Thermal Active and Passive Technology 4
Total Minimum Credits 16
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