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Solar Energy Technology Associate Degree

Solar Energy Technology at NWTC

Program Code: 104824

The Solar Energy Technology program provides installers, designers, and technical sales personnel the skills to assess sites; design systems; an install, operate, and maintain solar electric and solar thermal systems for residential and commercial applications in the growing renewable energy industry. Potential employment possibilities will be with existing solar, electrical and mechanical contractors to help expand their offerings of solar energy technologies. Other possible areas of employment are with energy consulting firms, design firms and utilities. With additional education and experience, graduates can expand their careers to energy analyst, journeyperson electrician/plumber, project manager, energy engineer, and environmental consultant.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Renewable Energy-Solar Electric, 904821

Renewable Energy-Solar Thermal, 904822

Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment for diverse employers, such as renewable energy businesses, energy companies, equipment supply companies, oil and gas field service companies and utilities in the following areas:

  • Solar Electric Energy Technician: designs, estimates, installs, troubleshoots, repairs and modifies residential and/or commercial solar electric systems.
  • Solar Site Assessor: conducts facility energy audit/assessments; is responsible for making recommendations regarding solar energy systems. Prepares cost estimates, energy analysis; is accountable for building long-term customer relationships.
  • Solar Sales Representative: provides consultations and assessments to potential customers. Manages the pipeline of contacts and opportunities within an assigned territory and deliver compelling presentations. Acts as the project manager for installation of systems and coordination of closeout.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

  • Energy Analyst
  • Plumber or Electrician Journeyperson
  • Project Manager
  • Energy Engineer
  • Environmental Consultant
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Requirements for Program Entry

  • Completed application.
  • High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted).
  • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
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Curriculum
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Solar Energy Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
First Semester
Semester Total
19
Second Semester
Semester Total
15
Third Semester
Semester Total
17
Fourth Semester
Semester Total
17
Total Credits
68

Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Students completing General Studies courses at NWTC must earn a "C" or better in English Composition to enroll in Technical Reporting.

Students completing College Technical Math 1A must earn a "C" or better to enroll in College Technical Math 1B.

Program Outcomes

  • Evaluate the energy use of commercial and residential buildings and perform site assessments for solar electric and solar thermal systems
  • Generate technical project proposals and estimates for solar electric and solar thermal systems
  • Read and comprehend mechanical blueprints
  • Upload and download information from remote and local networks to aid in the operation and maintenance of systems
  • Obtain, complete, and understand zoning regulations, building permit, utility intertie connection, and utility distributed generation agreements
  • Assist in design, install and maintain solar electric systems
  • Assist in design, install and maintain solar thermal systems
  • Ensure compliance with the national electrical code
  • Provide training to user upon project completion
  • Install, troubleshoot, repair and modify mechanical and electrical systems including programmable controllers
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Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

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