Renewable Energy Technology, A.A.S.

Academic Programs

Career Path

Industrial Technology

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Program Options

Degree, Certificate or Diploma

Locations

Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

 The Renewable Energy Technology program of study is designed to provide the skills and knowledge required for entry-level careers in the installation and maintenance of renewable energy systems, with a focus on wind turbines and solar energy systems. Graduates of this program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.

New program pending state and regional accreditation approval

Job Outlook

2,089 Jobs (2020)

+9.9% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

Students who complete this program will have the skills to pursue jobs in the green industry including wind turbine installer, solar electricity installer, solar thermal installer, and other similar fields.  Depending on a student’s path, students will be prepared certification in the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (www.nabcep.org) credential programs for renewable energy jobs.  A wind turbine technician, also known as a windtech, installs, inspects, maintains, operates, and repairs wind turbines. They are able to diagnose and fix any problem that could cause the turbine to shut down unexpectedly.A few of the job duties include: inspecting the exterior of the towers; climbing the towers to inspect, troubleshoot, or repair equipment; collecting turbine data for testing and analysis; performing routine maintenance; testing electrical components, systems, and mechanical and hydraulic systems; and replacing worn out or malfunctioning components.

Wages

  • Average: $25.35
  • Entry: $16.86
  • Experienced: $41.58

Career Examples

  • Maintenance Technicians (Installation, Maintenance, and Repair)
  • Wind Turbine Technicians
  • Production Technicians
  • Maintenance Workers
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • Maintenance Mechanics

First Semester

ELT 215 - Motors and Controls

IND 197 - Industrial Engineering Technology Orientation

ELT 196 - Circuit Analysis I

IND 109 - Equipment Safety and Operation

MAT 743 - Technical Math

Second Semester

ELT 250 - Programmable Logic Controllers

ELT 251 - Programmable Logic Controllers Lab

SER 160 - Electricity III

WTT 202 - Advanced Wind Energy

WTT 110 - Wind Energy Workplace Safety

WTT 143 - Mechanical Power Transmission

Third Semester

ENG 110 - Writing For The Workplace

SER 190 - Advanced Sustainable Energy

SER 120 - Introduction to Renewable Energy

SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology

ATR 133 - Fluid Power Systems

Fourth Semester

HCR 458 - Alternative Energy Sources

MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment

SER 175 - Advanced Solar Energy: Photovoltaic

ENV 111 - Environmental Science

Total Semester Hours Required: 66.0

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Explain the operation of core systems within renewable energy systems.
  • Troubleshoot electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical renewable energy systems.
  • Maintain electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical renewable energy systems.
  • Use OSHA and best practices for safety in the renewable energy industry.
  • Contrast and compare methods of renewable energy production in the context of sustainability and environmental impact.
  • Demonstrate appropriate workplace behavior with respect to attitude, interpersonal communication, and safety

Program Disclaimers