Renewable Energy Technologies
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

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...

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About the curriculum


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After graduation

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.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Careers in Wind Energy are among those listed as Green Jobs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for solar photovoltaic installers was $39,600 in May 2013. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,690.The top 10 percent earned more than $58,550.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Building Equipment Contractors2,540$20.26$42,150
Utility System Construction570$20.31$42,240
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution50$22.22$46,210
Residential Building ConstructionN/A$19.88$41,340

Statistics reported in May 2013

Transfer Procedures

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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.

Tool List

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Clubs & Activities

Construction Management Association (CMA)

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Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)

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Sigma Lambda Chi

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SkillsUSA Champions at Work

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US Green Building Council (USGBC) Students of Penn College

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Electrical Technology Advisory Committee

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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.

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