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Career and Technical Studies
Degree: 
Construction Technology Diploma, Alternative Energy Systems Track
Length: 
Five semesters
Purpose: 

Consumer and commercial demand for green energy systems (driven by tax credits and other energy incentives) continues to grow, as will the need for tradesman and contractors versed in green technology applications, including solar, wind, geothermal, and energy conservation (weatherization). The Alternative Energy Diploma track (with an integrated Solar Installer Career Studies Certificate) provides green energy training for contractors and tradesman and a pathway that can lead to a number of Construction and Energy related credentials including the Alternative Energy Systems (AES) Contractor Licensure endorsement, North American Board of Certified Energy Providers (NABCEP) Entry Level Solar PV training, and the OSHA 10-30 Construction Industry Safety Training.

Occupational Objectives: 
  • Contractor Endorsement (Alternative Energy Systems)
  • Entry Level Solar PV/Solar Thermal Installer

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into the Construction Technology Diploma Program requires competency in English ENF 1 and Math Essentials MTE 1-3 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required ENF or MTE units or equivalent.

 The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.

Course Sequence: 
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
First Semester
BLD 110 Introduction to Construction 3 0 3
ELE 115 Basic Electricity 3 0 3
ENE 100 Conventional and Alternate Energy Applications 3 3 4
ITE 102 Computers and Information Systems 2 0 2
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 3 13
Second Semester
BLD 105 Shop Practices and Procedures  2 3 3
BLD 111 Blueprint Reading and Building Code 2 2 3
BLD 200 Sustainable Construction 3 0 3
BLD 215 OSHA 30 Construction Safety 2 0 2
ENE 105 Solar Thermal Active and Passive Technology 3 3 4
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 8 15
Summer Semester
BLD 190 Coordinated Internship      
or   0 9 3
BLD 198 Seminar and Project      
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester  0 9 3
Third Semester
BLD 101 Construction Management I 3 0 3
ELE 110 Home Electric Power 2 2 3
ENE 99 Supervised Study in Alternative Energy 1 3 2
ENE 120 Solar Power-Photovoltaic and Thermal 3 3 4
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics I 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 8 15
Fourth Semester
BLD 290 Coordinated Internship      
or   0 9 3
BLD 298 Seminar and Project      
ENE 110 Solar Power Installation 3 3 4
ENE 199 Supervised Study in Alternative Energy 3 3 4
ENG 1001 Basic Occupational Communication 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 9 15 14
Total Minimum Credits Required for this Curriculum 60
Notes: 

1ENG 137 may be substituted for ENG 100.

Students may only earn ONE Construction Technology Diploma. Completion of additional coursework in multiple Construction Technology tracks MAY lead to the awarding of Career Studies Certificates in the other tracks if appropriate. Consult with your faculty advisor if you wish to earn multiple awards.

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