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Renewable Energy Technology Degree

Curriculum Code: REN.REN.AAS (C260A)

(Total Program Credits: 60)

The Renewable Energy Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree emphasizes basic techniques and skills necessary for entry-level employment in the alternative energy industry. Students acquire proficiency in electricity and magnetism, controls, PhotoVoltaics (PV), wind, energy efficiency, effective communications and employment skills.

Program graduates may seek entry-level employment in companies, such as solar installation, wind, energy auditing and weatherization and may be employed as solar technicians, wind technicians, and energy auditors. Some may be entrepreneurial and may choose to start their own renewable energy companies. The Renewable Energy Technology curriculum is designed to meet the increasing demands for skilled renewable energy technicians in solar, wind, and energy efficiency. Course work emphasizes safety, electricity and magnetism, and controls, in addition to renewable energy technologies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Renewable Energy Technology program, the graduate will be able to:
  • explain the global impact of Renewable Energy Technologies;
  • explain the diverse career pathways in the Renewable Energy Field;
  • demonstrate safety skills used in Renewable Technology Installations;
  • design Photovoltaic Solar Energy systems;
  • explain the National Electrical Code as it relates to Renewable Energy Systems;
  • analyze Wind Technology systems and their applications; and
  • identify the basics of energy efficiency and auditing strategies to improve performance of buildings.

(Fall 2021)

Placement Measures

Program Map for Full-Time Students

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENT 104Electricity Basic Fundamentals

3

MAT 122Technical Mathematics #

3

REN 100Introduction to Renewable Energy

3

REN 110Electrical Construction Safety for Renewable Energy #

3

REN 120Photovoltaic Design Fundamentals #

4

Total Credit Hours:16

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENT 202Electricity Sustainable Applications #

4

REN 130National Electrical Code and Renewable Energy Systems #

3

REN 200Photovoltaic System Integrator #

3

REN 220Wind Power Generation Design Fundamentals #

3

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
ARC 108Materials and Techniques #

1

ARC 110Materials, Methods and Sustainability I #

2

BUS 141Introduction to Business

3

REN 210Advanced Photovoltaic Installations #

4

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3

Total Credit Hours:16
Note: Students must complete RHT 101, with SPE 101, or RHT 101 with RHT 102. Students intending to transfer are encouraged to complete all three courses: RHT 101, RHT 102 and SPE 101 to meet university requirements.

Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
BUS 150Principles of Management

3

PHL 113Environmental Ethics

3

REN 230Renewable Energy Systems: Operations and Maintenance #

3

REN 240Energy Efficiency, Energy Auditing, and Commissioning of Electrical Systems #

3

Total Credit Hours:12

See Associate in Applied Science Graduation Requirements by discipline: https://triton.smartcatalogiq.com/?sc_itemid=%7B8364F311-8FDB-44CC-8621-714E84FC743A%7D&sc_mode=preview&sc_lang=en

See ARC course descriptions; see REN course descriptions.

Chairperson: Frances Figg, Ext. 3129