(Effective Fall 2016)

This curriculum 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 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.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities with a wide range of renewable energy industry employers exist nationwide. Potential job titles include wind turbine installer, photovoltaic system installer, solar thermal system installer, renewable energy technician, renewable energy system designer, renewable energy sales representative, and renewable energy commissioning specialist.

Recommended High School Subjects

Two years of algebra and one year of physical science (physics recommended). Electrical, plumbing and HVAC trade skills courses are desirable, but not necessary.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Renewable Energy Technologies major web page.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting ). Math placement requirement: level 3 or higher.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • demonstrate basic knowledge of sustainable concepts, including conservation, resource consumption, and environmental impacts.
  • demonstrate a basic knowledge of construction, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and safety.
  • demonstrate the ability to research, work in teams, communicate both verbally and in writing, and apply analytical skills to design and troubleshoot problems.
  • compare financial and environmental costs and benefits of renewable energy technologies with traditional fossil fuel based systems.
  • create and interpret drawings and specifications for renewable energy technologies.
  • assess the impact of governmental policy on renewable energy technologies.
  • develop a site analysis depicting conditions that impact renewable energy technologies, including solar access and wind.
  • demonstrate general familiarity with geothermal, micro-hydro, and biomass.
  • apply theory and codes required to install, troubleshoot, and maintain basic photovoltaic, solar thermal, and wind systems.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
ELT111 Direct Current Fundamentals 5  
or
RET111 Direct Current Essentials 3  
RET117 Basic Wiring Applications 1 3  
ELT113 Accident Prevention 2  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
BCT104 Construction Safety and Equipment 1  
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Second Semester Credits
RET121 Basic Wiring Applications II 3  
ELT122 Alternating Current Fundamentals 5  
or
RET122 Alternating Current Essentials 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
or
EET124 Engineering, Technology, and Society 3  
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
or
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
RET101 Introduction to Renewable Energy 2  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Third Semester Credits
ELT130 Electrical Drawing and Print Reading 2  
RET212 Photovoltaic Systems 5  
PLH214 Piping and Mechanical Applications 3  
ACH262 Sustainability: Building and Living Green 3  Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Fourth Semester Credits
RET221 Wind Systems 4  
PLH222 Solar Thermal Systems 4  
ELT229 Process Control Basics 3  
BCT128 Building Materials Applications 2  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
TOTAL CREDITS 17