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Solar Energy Major

Certificate Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
EET120  DC Circuit Analysis
MST134  Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems
MST121  Blueprint Reading
MTH135  Precalculus
EET125  Circuit Manufacturing Techniques
EET123  Electronic Devices & Circuits
EET126  Electrical Machines
PHY121  College Physics I with Algebra (lab)
AET121  Sustainable/AET Sources
EET122  AC Circuit Analysis
ENV165  OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety
ITD122  Computer Applications for Professionals
AET221  Solar Thermal Systems
EET128  NEC & Electrical Systems Design
EET227  PLCs and Industrial Controls I
EST129  Switchgear, Transformers & Controls
ENG124  College Composition
AET222  Solar Photovoltaic Systems
ENG221  Technical Report Writing
HVC121  HVAC Principles I
COM123  Small Group Communication
Arts & Humanities Elective

TOTAL CREDITS 70

DEGREE EARNED

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electrical Maintenance Technology

WHAT CAN STUDENTS EXPECT FROM THIS PROGRAM?
In addition to an understanding of the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of various electrical systems in electrical and electronic equipment. This program focuses on the knowledge and basic skills to install and maintain Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal systems. 
The curriculum includes electrical and electronic analysis and fundamentals, digital electronics, electrical and electronic trouble-shooting, digital communications, transformers, National Electric Code, electrical machines, industrial controls, programmable controllers, hydraulics, pneumatics and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. This knowledge is essential for graduates who are required to maintain and repair modern electrical/electronic equipment and solar arrays.

WHAT DO SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC INSTALLERS DO? (REF BLS Handbook see link below)
Solar photovoltaic (PV) installers, often called PV installers, assemble, install, or maintain solar panel systems on roofs or other structures.

Duties
PV installers typically do the following:

  • Plan PV system configuration based on customer needs, expectations, and site conditions
  • Connect PV panels to the power grid
  • Install solar modules, panels, or support structures in accordance with building codes and standards
  • Apply weather sealing to equipment being installed
  • Perform routine PV system maintenance
  • Activate and test PV systems to verify performance

ARE THERE JOBS OUT THERE?
According to the US Dept. of Labor Occupation Outlook Handbook Employment of solar photovoltaic (PV) installers is projected to grow 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The rapid expansion and adoption of solar panel installations will result in excellent job opportunities for qualified individuals, particularly for those with electrician experience. The median annual wage for solar photovoltaic installers was $37,900 in May 2012. (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/solar-photovoltaic-installers.htm)

WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Contact Susan Shearer, Director of Fuel Cell and Alternative Energy Technologies, at (330) 494-6170, Ext. 4680, or via email at sshearer@starkstate.edu

ADDITIONAL REFERENCE INFORMATION

The Solar and Wind Energy Supply Chain in Ohio
January 2011 © All rights reserved. Full reproduction permitted. This report can be downloaded from www.elpc.org. http://elpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/OhioWindSupplyFinal_HQ.pdf

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners NABCEP
http://www.nabcep.org/
http://www.nabcep.org/resources

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association - The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee NJATC Certification
http://www.njatc.org/cert/pv/about.aspx
To receive the PV System Installer Certification, an individual must pass one exam. The exam is intended to measure the necessary competencies for a qualified electrical professional with OSHA 30-hour safety training for construction and several years of hands-on experience in the field. Hands-on experience or equivalent knowledge including installing, building, repairing, troubleshooting, diagnosing, verifying and performing tasks involved in electrical work either residential or commercial.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/solar-photovoltaic-installers.htm