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Energy Technology Certificate

The Program

The program is designed to prepare students for direct entry into a wide variety of jobs throughout the growing energy industry and can further enhance the knowledge of electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians and contractors already working in the energy field.

You will gain hands-on experience and knowledge in selected areas of energy production along with the related systems of generation and energy transmission. Graduates will possess a working understanding of theories of basic electrical, basic plumbing and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) as they relate to the energy field.  Upon successful completion of JCC’s Energy Technology Certificate, you can obtain several third-party, energy industry certificates and will be prepared to obtain additional certifications. Students may also choose to further their college education. This one-year program will prepare you for related associate and bachelor degrees.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Energy Technology certificate program will:

  • Demonstrate a working understanding of the theories of basic electrical, basic plumbing, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) as they relate to the energy field
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and the proper application of all safety procedures as it relates to the energy field
  • Demonstrate proper care, use and maintenance of all tools and measuring instruments
  • Describe the fundamental principles of solar energy systems
  • Demonstrate use of appropriate technology in the planning and documenting of energy systems
  • Demonstrate workforce readiness through obtaining third-party certificates
  • Demonstrate an understanding of energy and sustainability options

 

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be ready for employment in the energy industry and will be eligible to receive the following third party certificates:

  • National Career Readiness Certificate
  • Skills USA Energy Industry Employability Skills Certificate
  • OSHA 10-hour General Industry Certificate  
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Additionally, graduates become eligible to take North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) entry–level examinations in solar heating (SH) and photovoltaics (PV).

Careers in the energy sector include a range of entry-level positions.  Different sectors include:

  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Geothermal
  • Hydroelectric
  • Nuclear
  • Building Performance
  • Power Transmission  

Within each sector there are opportunities in installation, manufacturing, plant operations, sales and marketing.

 

Certificate Requirements (Effective Fall 2015) Credit Hours
 
Energy Technology Requirements (14 credits)  
EGY 110:  Energy Workforce Readiness* 1
EGY 130:  Electrical Theory and Practice for Energy Workers 4
EGY 135:  Plumbing/ HVAC** for Energy Workers 4
EGY 142:  Photovoltaic (PV) Systems 1*** 3
EGY 146:  Solar Heating (SH) Systems 1**** 2
 
Mathematics and Science Requirements (6 credits)
MTH 133 - Technical Math or MTH 166 or MTH 185 or higher 3
SCI 110 - Energy and the Environment 3
 
Computer Information Systems Requirements (6 credits)  
CIS 110:  Introduction to Computing with Microcomputers 3
CIS/GIS 150:  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
 
English Requirements (3 credits)  
ENG 100 - College Composition or higher 3
 
Health Requirements (1 credit)  
HEA 102:  Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1
  
Total 30

Advising Notes:

*Course currently includes:

  • National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT)
  • Skills USA Energy Industry Employability Skills Certificate (Center for Energy Workforce Development)
  • OSHA 10 hour General Industry Certificate (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

**Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning

*** Upon completion students are eligible to take NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) PV Entry Level Exam

**** Upon completion students are eligible to take NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) SH Entry Level Exam

 

For More Information

Jack Donato, Chair - Computer Science/Energy Department; Associate Professor of Computer Science
jdonato@sunyjefferson.edu
315-786- 2455

 

Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
admissions@sunyjefferson.edu
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522