Sustainable Energy Technology: Renewable Energy

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: Renewable Energy 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.

Salary Information

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall Only
Program Length: 4 Semesters, 1 Summer
Award: A.A.S.
Average Class Size: 20
Program Capacity: 30
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus