Solar Energy Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree - First 2 Semesters Available Online

The Solar Energy Technology degree program at Ecotech Institute prepares graduates for renewable energy jobs that are in high demand and gives them a solid foundation in fundamentals of solar energy technology.

What can you learn in this degree program?

Our degree program trains students to install, operate and repair solar systems. Solar courses also include skill development in troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing photovoltaic equipment, including how to perform maintenance, repair, or replace solar panel parts to correct problems.

Upon successful completion of Ecotech Institute’s Solar Energy Technology degree program, graduates should also be able to perform diagnostic analysis, demonstrate an understanding of solar energy industry standards and apply safety principles.

Coursework includes:

  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Fundamentals of Electricity
  • Health and Safety in the Field
  • AC Circuitry
  • Renewable Energy Fundamentals
  • Wiring, Schematics, and Blueprints
  • Power Generation and Transmission
  • Programmable Logic Controls
  • Electric Motors and Control Systems
  • Business Concepts for Renewable Energy
  • Introduction to Photovoltaics
  • Photovoltaic Installation and Repair
  • Solar Energy Technologies
  • Introduction to Solar Thermal
  • Solar Thermal Installation and Repair
I will be working soon for a company in which I know I have chances to grow and go to places and make a difference.
Gil Negron

What are the career opportunities in Solar Energy Technology?

Solar energy markets are booming in the United States due to falling photovoltaic (PV) prices, strong consumer demand, available financing, and financial incentives from the federal government, states and utilities. Being employed in solar energy combines two opportunities into one job: helping the environment while working in a hands-on, in-the-field career.

The growth of solar energy means that a variety of jobs are available for those who are trained and have a passion for working in renewable energy. There is a growing need for more solar technicians, including manufacturing workers to make solar panels, construction workers to build power plants and solar photovoltaic installers to install solar panels.

Other solar energy jobs might include repairing solar energy systems or working with architects or engineers as they design and install solar projects. Some solar energy technicians concentrate primarily on installing solar panels while those at small companies may do everything from sales to planning to wiring. Experienced installers in any size company may advance to lead installer, system designer, sales representative or other positions.

Job Titles

  • Solar Installer
  • Solar Field Technician
  • Solar Power Engineer
  • Solar Product Developer
  • Solar System Designer
  • Solar Technician
  • Electrical Technician
  • Environmental Solutions Service Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Service Technician

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