Renewable Energy Technologies
This associate's degree in Renewable Energy Technologies prepares students for jobs in industry as renewable energy technicians. Students develop the practical skills needed to install, troubleshoot, and maintain photovoltaic, wind turbine, and solar thermal systems. The course work includes theory and lab practice in energy fundamentals, sustainability, construction practices, electrical currents and wiring, mechanical piping, drawings, codes, and process controls. A strong background in math, science and technical writing increases students' career opportunities. Graduates will also have the background needed to transfer to a four-year technology program.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment. Read more...
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Graduates of this program have the opportunity to continue their education and earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Building Science and Sustainable Design, Building Automation Technology, or HVAC Design Technology.
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Careers in Wind Energy are among those they list as Green Jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has also reported the median annual wage for solar photovoltaic installers was $37,900 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,250, and the top 10 percent earned more than $57,980.
Industries with the highest levels employment in this occupation:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Building Equipment Contractors||2,660||$18.70||$38,900|
|Utility System Construction||530||$20.17||$41,940|
|State Government (OES Designation)||320||$29.60||$61,570|
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services||30||$16.08||$33,450|
|Local Government (OES Designation)||30||$27.65||$57,520|
*Statistics reported in May 2012
View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Students in the Renewable Energy Technology (RE) major are required to purchase their own personal tools. Not all tools are necessary initially, faculty will identify what tools are required the first day of class. Therefore students are advised not to purchase new tools before meeting with faculty. Please direct any tool list questions to the School office.
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Construction Management Association (CMA)
Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)
Sigma Lambda Chi
SkillsUSA Champions at Work
US Green Building Council (USGBC) Students of Penn College
Electrical Technology Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.