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Renewable Energy Technology Degree
Renewable Energy Technology Certificate

Renewable Energy Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 101 Credits
Career Pathway: Science, Engineering, Technology and Math

Credits to Complete Degree

Academic Discipline Credits
Electronic Engineering Technology 51
Renewable Energy Technology 8
Mechanical Systems 15
RET Program Electives 4
Safety 2
Math 5
Psychology 4
Writing 4
PE 1
Computer Applications 3
College Guidance & Success 1
General Education Electives 3
Credit Total 101

Career Description

Students completing this program are prepared to work in fields of renewable energy technology (RET) with a focus on wind energy technology. Students may become engineering technicians, hydropower technicians, wind service technicians, or solar technicians. Engineering technicians use electrical and electronic theory - under the direction of engineering staff - to design, build, repair, calibrate, and modify components, circuitry, controls, and machinery. Wind service technicians are responsible for operations, maintenance, and repair of equipment at wind plants. All renewable energy technicians might: 1) operate and maintain equipment, 2) perform mechanical and electrical component repair to correct malfunctions following manufacturing requirements, 3) comply with project environmental health and safety programs, and 4) perform preventative maintenance in accordance with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) maintenance manuals. Graduates of the AAS degree may be able to move into mid-range positions as lead workers.

Graduates of the AAS degree can apply for admission into engineering and renewable energy BS degree programs. Students should evaluate these programs to ensure industry relevance, affordability, and transferability. While some employers will hire graduates with the certificate of completion, other employers require an AAS degree or additional mechanical experience for entry-level positions. Preference may be given to veterans and spouses of veterans.

Application & Acceptance

This program begins in the fall term only. This is a limited-entry program with space for 32 students with 10 students on an alternate list. A maximum of eight seats will be reserved for transfer students from partner colleges. Applications for the program are accepted on a first-come/first-serve basis in mid-June. Students must meet all program prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better. The required program prerequisites include: MTH 95, WR 115, RD 115, and CAS 133. Students must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.50.

Course of Study

This program prepares students for employment in a broad range of industries. These include hydrogeneration, wind-generation, solar-generation, automated manufacturing, or engineering. The Associate of Applied Science degree provides a basic level of knowledge in these areas and skills in programmable logic controllers, industrial control systems, semiconductors, and higher levels of math and physics. Students must also meet Associate degree comprehensive requirements and Associate of Applied Science Degree requirements.

Students interested in transferring to Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) may start their studies at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC). Upon completion of their AAS degree in RET, students can transfer to OIT and in two more years complete the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Students interested in this option are recommended to meet with a CGCC academic advisor and an OIT advisor after their first year of study at CGCC.

Program Outcomes

Students who complete the AAS degree should be able to:

  1. Qualify for employment in the renewable energy field as technicians.
  2. Service/repair renewable energy systems and assist engineers with the design of renewable systems by applying knowledge of electrical, electronics, mechanical, control systems and hydraulics/pneumatics concepts.
  3. Communicate effectively both at the individual level and within team settings.
  4. Understand the impact of renewable energy within the context of sustainability and apply sustainability concepts to their practice.
  5. Apply ethical and professional practice within the field of renewable energy.
  6. Qualify for employment in the high tech field as electronic technicians.

Approved Renewable Energy Technology Program Electives

Course Name Credits
CH 100 Everyday Chemistry with Lab 4
CH 104 General Chmistry 5
CH 105 General Chmistry 5
CH 106 General Chmistry 5
COMM 125 Small Group Communication: Process & Theory 4
EC 200 Introduction to Economics: Introduction Institutions & Philosophies 4
EC 201 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics 4
EC 202 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics 4
JPN 101 First Year Japanese 5
JPN 102 First Year Japanese 5
JPN 103 First Year Japanese 5
JPN 201 Second Year Japanese 5
JPN 202 Second Year Japanese 5
JPN 203 Second Year Japanese 5
MTH 112 Elementary Functions 5
MTH 243 Statistics I 4
MTH 251 Calculus 1 5
PHY 201 General Physics 4
SPA 101 First Year Spanish – First Term 4
SPA 102 First Year Spanish – Second Term 4
SPA 103 First Year Spanish – Third Term 4
SPA 201 Second Year Spanish – First Term 4
SPA 202 Second Year Spanish – Second Term 4
SPA 203 Second Year Spanish – Third Term 4
WR 227 Technical Writing 4
WLD 190 Basic Welding 2

Renewable Energy Technology

Credits to Complete Certificate

Academic Discipline Credits
Electronic Engineering Technology 20
Mechanical Systems 15
Renewable Energy Technology 3
Safety 2
Psychology 4
Math 5
Writing 4
College Guidance & Success 1
Credit Total 54

Career and Technical Education Certificate: 54 Credits
Career Pathway: Science, Engineering, Technology and Math

Career Description

Students completing this program are prepared to work in fields of renewable energy technology with a focus on wind energy technology. Wind service technicians are responsible for operations, maintenance, and repair of equipment at wind plants. All renewable energy technicians might: 1) operate and maintain equipment, 2) perform mechanical and electrical component repair to correct malfunctions following manufacturing requirements, 3) comply with project environmental health and safety programs, and 4) perform preventative maintenance in accordance with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) maintenance manuals. While some employers will hire graduates with the certificate of completion, other employers require an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or additional mechanical experience for entrylevel positions. Preference may be given to veterans and spouses of veterans.

Application & Acceptance

This program begins in the fall term only. This is a limitedentry program with space for 32 students with 10 students on an alternate list. A maximum of eight seats will be reserved for transfer students. Applications for the program are accepted on a first-come/first-serve basis in mid-June. Students must meet all program prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better. The required program prerequisites include: MTH 95, WR 115, RD 115, and CAS 133.

Course of Study

This program prepares students for employment in renewable energy with a focus on the wind industry. This industry seeks employees with skills in electrical engineering, electronics, and mechanical engineering. The certificate of completion provides a basic level of knowledge in these areas and skills in computer applications, math, and writing. This certificate program has been given the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Seal of Approval for 2011. Students must also meet general certificate requirements.

Program Outcomes

Sudents who receive a certificate of completion should be able to:

  1. Qualify for employment in the renewable energy field as entry-level operators.
  2. Assist technicians with repair/servicing/manufacturing of renewable energy systems by applying basic knowledge of electrical, electronics, mechanical, and hydraulics/pneumatics concepts.
  3. Communicate effectively both at the individual level and within team settings.
  4. Understand the impact of renewable energy within the context of sustainability and apply sustainability concepts to their practice.
  5. Apply ethical and professional practice within the field of renewable energy.
  6. Qualify for employment in the high tech field as electronic technicians.