Solar and Renewable Energy
Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening and online courses
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time
Energy Technician Specialist — Associate in Applied Science Degree (60 credits)
Advanced Photovoltaic Energy Systems — Certificate (30 credits)
Advanced Solar Thermal Systems — Certificate (30 credits)
Solar Assessor — Certificate (16 credits)
The Associate in Applied Science Degree will provide you the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in traditional and renewable energy fields. The degree will prepare you for work as a technician in energy industries. Century College is part of a state-wide consortium of nine MnSCU colleges that are offering the joint Associate in Applied Science degree in Renewable Energy. Century College is the only Metro-area college in the consortium. Many of the consortium credits are available on-line.
The certificate in Advanced Photovoltaic Energy Systems is designed to provide entrance into the field of photovoltaic energy systems. It is also designed to provide existing contractors and other industry professionals with skills necessary to work in photovoltaic installation and maintenance.
The certificate in Advanced Solar Thermal Energy Systems is designed to provide existing contractors and other industry professionals with installation and maintenance skills necessary to become solar contractors.
The Solar Assessor Certificate is designed to prepare you to work as solar assessors for contractors. You will be able to do a basic site assessment including the feasibility of solar thermal, estimated costs, recommended products, and other information for a solar contractor to create a professional assessment and cost estimate of a solar project.
* This is a new and emerging career field. Job title and salary data is difficult to estimate at this time. Please refer to these websites for current information:
Average Wage: $15.00-$25.00/hour *
Average Wage: $15.00-$25.00/hour; $175.00-$250.00/site *
Average Wage: $28.60/hour **
Average Wage: $22.62/hour **
Minnesota Energy Careers
Minnesota Green Careers
Minnesota Renewable Energy Society
Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace
**(seven county metro area - www.iseek.org)