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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.

First Year
First Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 110 Introduction to Construction 3 0 3
ELE 115* Basic Electricity 3 0 3
BLD 215 OSHA 30 Construction Safety 2 0 2
ENE 100* Conventional and Alternate Energy Applications 3 3 4
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 3 13
Second Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 105 Shop Practices and Procedures 2 3 2
BLD 111 Blueprint Reading and the Building Code 2 2 3
BLD 200 Sustainable Construction 3 0 3
ENG 100 Basic Occupational Communication 3 0 3
ENE 105*
*

Integrated 24 credit Solar Installer Career Studies Certificate

Solar Thermal Active and Passive Technology 3 3 4
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 13 8 15
Summer Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 190 Coordinated Internship
or 0 9 3
BLD 198 Seminar and Project
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 0 9 3
Second Year
Third Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 101 Construction Management I 3 0 3
Elective Core Elective 3 0 3
ENE 99* Supervised Study in Alternative Energy 1 3 2
ENE 120*
*

Integrated 24 credit Solar Installer Career Studies Certificate

Solar Power-Photovoltaic and Thermal Technology 3 3 4
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics I 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 13 6 15
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
BLD 290 Coordinated Internship
or* 0 9 3
BLD 298* Seminar and Project
ENE 110* Solar Power Installations 3 3 4
ENE 199 Supervised Study in Alternative Energy 3 3 4
MTH 104 Applied Technical Mathematics II 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 9 15 14
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