Alternate Energy Technology Principles


About the Program

The Alternate Energy Technology Principles Certificate is a two-semester (24 credit hour) program that addresses the fundamentals of alternate energy technology. Students are eligible to enroll in this program only after the basic prerequisites for individual courses within the certificate are met. The program covers fundamentals of analytical instrumentation, manufacturing processes, basic electronic systems, material properties, fuel cell technology, solar energy, mobile and stationary power systems, and engineering project management among other related topics. There is a significant demand for chemical and alternate energy technicians with basic skills in laboratory technique, quality control, instruments and calibration, general chemistry, spectroscopy, and related skills. This certificate is designed both for the students needing a basic introduction to alternate energy and for those who intend to pursue a degree in chemical technology or power generation. This certificate is considered an advanced certificate and is designed to dovetail easily with the Chemical Technology Certificate. Graduates from this certificate program are qualified to enter the workforce as a medium level operator, laboratory technician, water quality technician, or senior manufacturing technician. The course sequence is designed to also prepare the student for more advanced on-the-job training in chemical technology, fuel cell technology, or power generation and delivery.

Certificate curricula are reviewed and updated periodically in response to community and industry demands. The student is cautioned to discuss certificate choices and course selections with an Engineering Advisor before each registration cycle.

Learning experiences for students in Engineering Technology programs are provided at the Northeast Campus in classrooms and state-of-the-art labs in the Engineering Technology and Science Classroom Building.


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