Renewable Energy Technologies (RE)

(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 ). Math placement requirement: level 3 or higher.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
ELT111Direct Current Fundamentals 5 
RET111Direct Current Essentials 3 
RET117Basic Wiring Applications 1 3 
ELT113Accident Prevention 2 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
BCT104Construction Safety and Equipment 1 
Second SemesterCredits
RET121Basic Wiring Applications II 3 
ELT122Alternating Current Fundamentals 5 
RET122Alternating Current Essentials 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
EET124Engineering, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL121English Composition II 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 3 
RET101Introduction to Renewable Energy 2 
Third SemesterCredits
ELT130Electrical Drawing and Print Reading 2 
RET212Photovoltaic Systems 5 
PLH214Piping and Mechanical Applications 3 
ACH262Sustainability: Building and Living Green 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
Fourth SemesterCredits
RET221Wind Systems 4 
PLH222Solar Thermal Systems 4 
ELT229Process Control Basics 3 
BCT128Building Materials Applications 2 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1