SUNY Jefferson

Energy Technology Certificate

Please note that the Energy Technology Certificate program at Jefferson is no longer accepting applications. This program will be discontinued starting December 31, 2020.

Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Career
  • Delivery: On-campus
  • Personal Interests: Energy technologies
  • Skill Building: Energy production and conservation
  • Career Options: HVAC, electricians, solar

Energy program

The program is designed to prepare you 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. You may also choose to further your college education. This one-year program will prepare you for related associate and bachelor degrees.

What you can expect to learn

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

Certifications you can do

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 you may have

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.


Contact Enrollment Services for Application and Admissions Information

Jules Center 6-010 (ground level)
(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday


Gainful Employment

Program Name Undergraduate certificate in Energy Technology

This program is designed to be completed in 1 year

This program will cost $7,260 for in-state tuition, fees, books and supplies/$12,180 for out-of-state tuition, fees, books and supplies if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with a median loan debt of:
Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession:
New York State

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Requirements for the Energy Technology Certificate

Effective Fall 2015

Energy Technology Requirements (17 credit hours)
Energy Technology Requirements (17 credit hours) Credit Hours
EGY 110: Energy Workforce Readiness1 1
EGY 130: Electrical Theory and Practice for Energy Workers 4
EGY 135: Plumbing/ HVACfor Energy Workers 4
EGY 142: Photovoltaic (PV) Systems 13 3
EGY 146: Solar Heating (SH) Systems 14 2
SCI 110: Energy and the Environment 3
Computer Science Requirements (6 credit hours)
Computer Science Requirements (6 credit hours) Credit Hours
CIS 110: Introduction to Computing and Applications 3
CIS/GIS 150: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
Liberal Arts Requirements (6 credit hours)
Liberal Arts Requirements (6 credit hours) Credit Hours
ENG 100: College Composition or higher 3
MTH 133: Technical Math or
MTH 166: College Trigonometry or
MTH 185: Precalculus or higher
Health Requirement (1 credit hour)
Health Requirement (1 credit hour) Credit Hour
HEA 102: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1

Total Credit Hours 30


Advising Notes
Advising Notes:  
1Course 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)
2Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning  
3Upon completion students are eligible to take NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) PV Entry Level Exam.  
4Upon completion students are eligible to take NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) SH Entry Level Exam.   


Program contacts

Jack N. Donato

Computer Science/Energy Department Chair and Professor of Computer Science
(315) 786-2455

Linda Dittrich

Associate Vice President for Math, Science, Technology & Health
(315) 786-2323