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Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening and online courses
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer; Full- or Part-Time

Energy Technical Specialist — Associate in Applied Science Degree (60 credits)
Advanced Photovoltaic Energy Systems — Certificate (30 credits)
Advanced Solar Thermal Energy Systems — Certificate (30 credits)
Solar Assessor — Certificate (16 credits)

About the Program


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.

Potential Job Titles


Solar/Photovoltaic Installer
Solar Assessor
Installation Supervisor
Industrial Technician

Gainful Employment Program Information


Salary Data


  • Solar/Photovoltaic Installer
    Average Wage: $15.00-$25.00/hour *
  • Solar Assessor
    Average Wage: $15.00-$25.00/hour; $175.00-$250.00/site *
  • Installation Supervisor
    Average Wage: $28.60/hour **
  • Industrial Technician
    Average Wage: $22.62/hour **
* 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:
Minnesota Energy Careers
Minnesota Green Careers
Minnesota Renewable Energy Society
Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace

**(seven county metro area - www.iseek.org)

Learning Outcomes


Energy Technical Specialist - AAS 60 Credits

  • Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • Have the requisite knowledge, skill and ability to transfer successfully into the 3rd year of baccalaureate program.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the fundamentals of energy conversion and application.

Advanced Solar Thermal Energy Systems - Certificate 30 Credits

  • Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the fundamentals of energy conversion and application.

Advanced Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems - Certificate 30 Credits

  • Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the fundamentals of energy conversion and application.

Solar Assessor - Certificate 16 Credits

  • Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the fundamentals of energy conversion and application.

Contact Information


Admissions Office 651.773.1700 admissions@century.edu Room 2350 West
Counseling & Advising Office 651.779.3285 Ask Century Room 2410 West
Financial Aid Office 651.779.3305 finaid@century.edu Room 2320 West

Program Contact Information


Todd Fink651.747.4042todd.fink@century.eduRoom 1376 East
Scott Randall651.747.4042scott.randall@century.eduRoom 2302 East