Clean Energy Technology

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Program Options

90 credit AAAS
45 credit Certificate of Proficiency


Program Description

The Clean Energy Technology Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree is designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills necessary for a career in sustainable design, construction, maintenance and management. Upon completion of the degree, students are prepared for to take the the Photovoltaic Entry Level Exam test through the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Shoreline works with professional affiliates, advisory committees and accreditation guidelines to ensure students receive the knowledge and skills currently in demand for employment.


Clean Energy Technology—What is it?
The Clean Energy Technology program provides students with a background in alternative energy and an understanding of practices in high-performance and zero-energy building practices including alternative energy systems, green building techniques, and designing and installing residential and commercial electric, metering and control systems. Emphasis is on residential and commercial buildings with specialties in passive solar and sustainable (green) building Design and photovoltaic (solar electric) systems. A strong hands-on component is obtained through the use of Washington State University's Zero Energy House, which is permanently located on campus.


Program Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this program should be able to:

  1. Understand the basics of design for residential and commercial photovoltaic systems, thermal systems, hydro systems, wind systems and solar domestic water systems.
  2. Understand the applied code, associated electrical equipment and performance parameters and attributes required for the design, installation and maintenance issues of photovoltaic energy systems.
  3. Understand the theory, design considerations and installation techniques for solar and radiant heating systems.
  4. Evaluate residential and small commercial building energy use patterns.
  5. Perform site audits including energy efficiency, load analysis, definition of the solar window, system siting and sizing.
  6. Understand building materials, techniques and design considerations, structural insulated panels, and advanced training techniques (including straw bale, adobe, pressed block, cob, natural plasters, etc).


Career Opportunities—What can I do with a Degree in Clean Energy Technology?
The career outlook in Clean Energy Technology is very promising. Graduates can work as Utility Conservationists; Solar Certification Specialists; Solar Customer Service Professionals; Entry Level Energy Consultant; Green Building Project Specialists; Inventory Control Specialists-Solar; Solar-Process Data Miners; Renewable Energy Educational Liaisons; Solar PV System Designers; Solar Sales Consultants; Construction Trainees; Energy Auditors; LEED Documenters or in Solar Technical Support. Entry-level wages range from $14 to $25 per hour.


Potential employers include:

A variety of regional and national solar installation companies, solar manufacturing industries, electric utilities, architectural firms, and design build firms. Solar electric system specification and evaluation is practiced in places such as Puget Sound Solar, Outback Power Systems, Silicon Energy, Puget Sound Energy, Artisan Electric, A&R Solar, West Seattle Natural Energy, Northwest Mechanical, Solar Washington, and others. For more, please visit Career Counseling.


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