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Certificate of Achievement
Alternative Energy Technology

The courses listed in this certificate compile a comprehensive list of job-related skills needed to acquire Alternative Energy technical skills.  The skills acquired during class will prepare an individual for entry-level employment as an Alternative Energy Technician that may find employment as an installer, designer or as a maintenance and/or repair worker.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
AET 120 - Introduction to Alternative Energy Technology (Same as ET 120)M3.0
AET 120 - Introduction to Alternative Energy Technology (Same as ET 120) (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement;
Transfers to: CSU

This introductory-level course provides students with a working knowledge of present-day energy systems, including in-depth analysis of the design and installation of alternative energy systems. Topics will include solar electrical systems, wind electrical systems, solar water heating systems, wind mechanical systems, small hydro-electrical systems, geothermal energy, fuel cells, biomass, energy storage, and microgrids. Students will develop skills to construct an alternative energy system. This course is intended for students who are interested in a career in the alternative energy industry.

AET 121 - Photovoltaic Systems Design and Installation (Same as ET 121)M3.0
AET 121 - Photovoltaic Systems Design and Installation (Same as ET 121) (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

In this introductory course students examine and implement the design and installation of solar photovoltaic power systems, including the installation of a working solar photovoltaic power system. Students learn how to perform solar site evaluations, electrical load calculations, solar system size calculations, and installation techniques for grid-tie and off-the-grid photovoltaic systems. The course is designed to prepare students for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) entry-level exam, and is intended for students who are contemplating a career in the solar photovoltaic energy industry.

AET 123 - Wind Energy Systems Design and Installation (Same as ET 123)M3.0
AET 123 - Wind Energy Systems Design and Installation (Same as ET 123) (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement;
Transfers to: CSU

In this introductory course students examine and implement the design and installation of wind power systems, including the installation of a working wind generation power system. Students learn how to perform wind site evaluations, electrical load calculations, wind system size calculations, hydraulics fundamentals, basic aerodynamics, and installation techniques for wind power generation systems; in designing and installing wind power generation systems, students obtain skills for employment. This course is intended for students who are contemplating a career in the wind turbine power generation industry.

Total Semester Units:9.0 
2nd Semester
AET 122 - Advanced Photovoltaic Systems Design and Installation (Same as ET 122)M3.0
AET 122 - Advanced Photovoltaic Systems Design and Installation (Same as ET 122) (3.0 units)

Advisory:AET 121 or ET 121; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement;
Transfers to: CSU

This is the second course in the photovoltaic series in which students further examine and implement the design and installation of solar photovoltaic power systems. Students learn how to interpret the National Electrical Code (NEC) specifications concerning photovoltaic installations. Topics include code-compliant wiring of modules, inverters, charge controllers, batteries, grounding techniques, and related topics. Additional topics include the design and installation of large commercial photovoltaic systems. This course is intended for students who are contemplating a career in the solar photovoltaic energy industry.

TCED 044 - OSHA 10 for the WorkplaceM1.0
TCED 044 - OSHA 10 for the Workplace (1.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course is intended for the individual who needs an overview and/or certification of both the California and Federal OSHA Safety Regulations for the General Industry Workplace or Construction Workplace. This course will cover a detailed overview of the rules and regulations, and discuss fire protection and prevention, material handling/storage/use and disposal, hand and power tools, welding and cutting, electrical safety, and fall protection. Upon completion of this course, (as well as passing the final exam), the student will receive a 10-hour OSHA Training Certificate of Completion and/or Department of Labor card.

AET 124 - Advanced Wind Energy Systems Design and Installation (Same as ET 124)M3.0
AET 124 - Advanced Wind Energy Systems Design and Installation (Same as ET 124) (3.0 units)

Advisory:AET 123 or ET 123; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This is the second course in the wind energy series in which students further examine and implement the design and installation of wind power systems. Students learn how to interpret the National Electrical Code (NEC) specifications concerning wind power installations. Topics include code-compliant wiring of modules, inverters, charge controllers, grounding techniques, and related topics. Additional topics include wind site evaluations, electrical load calculations, wind system size calculations, hydraulic fundamentals, basic aerodynamics, and installation techniques for large wind power generation systems. This course is intended for students who are contemplating a career in the wind turbine power generation industry.

Total Semester Units:7.0 
Total Units for Alternative Energy Technology COA program 16.0 
Notes:
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

The skills developed during classes will enhance students’ ability to complete the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and to become a specialist in the solar photovoltaic industry.


2

The certificate will prepare an individual for entry-level employment as an alternative energy technician within the renewable energy/green technology field.


3

Students will have the knowledge and skills necessary to install residential and commercial solar and wind power systems.


Gainful Employment Disclosures

  • This program is designed to be completed in ______
  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

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