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Sustainable Energy Technology

Sustainable Energy Technology

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: A.A.S.

Program Capacity: 30
Completed Online: Both
Completed in the Evenings: Day
Pathway: Career Path
Career Cluster: Industrial Technology and Transportation
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus

About the Program

Renewable energy research and innovation is booming, resulting in big business and high-tech, high-paying jobs for skilled workers. In just two years, students in the Sustainable Energy Technology program are qualified to work as installation or maintenance technicians in renewable energy businesses, such as photovoltaic or passive solar, wind turbine technology, or geothermal systems. In addition, students learn a variety of skills that can be translated to industries outside of the renewable energy field, including troubleshooting electrical circuits and programmable controllers, wiring, and programming.

In the final semester of the program, students choose one of two areas of concentration, Wind Energy or Solar Energy.

Wind Turbine fields and Solar Thermal plants are cropping up all over the country, which means that jobs are awaiting those that want to pursue this exciting and growing career field. Students in the Associates of Applied Science degree program will study core aspects of sustainable energy technology and branch into specialized areas such as wind energy, solar power, geo-thermal, and sustainable construction practices.

Career Information

This program is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of this two-year degree. This program prepares students for entry-level positions in the manufacture, installation, and maintenance of renewable energy systems. Wind Turbine Technicians operate and maintain the hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical systems that support wind turbine electrical power generation. With the state of Iowa being the second largest producer of wind energy in the United States and with more wind turbines continually being installed across the state, graduates can expect to find jobs within the region.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Describe the properties and function of programmable, electrical, and mechanical systems used in the renewable energy industry.
  • Use tools, test equipment, computer simulations, and information resources to construct, analyze, and troubleshoot programmable, electrical and mechanical systems used in the renewable energy industry.
  • Demonstrate appropriate workplace behavior with respect to attitude, interpersonal communication, and safety.
  • Research and report on the processes, history, development, and future of renewable energy systems.
  • Contrast and compare methods of renewable energy production in the context of sustainability and environmental impact.
  • Use math and physics concepts to solve problems relevant to the renewable energy industry.
  • Identify and resolve problems in programmable, electrical, and mechanical renewable energy systems.

Average: $33.41
Entry Level: $26.11
Experienced: $39.84

* Salary information from EMSI Analyst Database.