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Renewable Energy Technology Degree
Renewable Energy Technology Certificate

Renewable Energy Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 105 Credits
Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study

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
RET Computer Electives 3
College Guidance & Success 1
General Education Electives 7
Credit Total 105

Career Description

The Renewable Energy Technology program provides a solid foundation in automated electronic technologies preparing students to work as technicians in a broad range of industries: wind, solar, hydropower, avionics manufacturing, food and beverage manufacturing, engineering, and others. Renewable energy and manufacturing technicians perform a variety of job duties: (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 OEM maintenance manuals. Engineering technicians use electrical and electronic theory to design, build, repair, calibrate, and modify components, circuitry controls, and machinery.

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. All program prerequisites must be completed by the application deadline and be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Required prerequisites are: MTH 95, WR 115, RD 115, and CAS 133. If your math is older than one academic year, you must take a college placement test and test into MTH 111. Students must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.50.

Course of Study

The Associate of Applied Science degree provides a basic level of knowledge 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.

Renewable Energy Technology Computer Electives

Any Computer Application Systems (CAS), Computer Information Systems (CIS), or Computer Science (CS) course.

Renewable Energy Technology Program Electives

Course Name Credits
ART 231 Drawing 3
BA 101 Introduction to Business 4
BA 203 Introduction to International Business 3
BA 206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA 224 Introduction to Human Resource Management 3
BA 226 Business Law I 4
CH 121 General Chmistry I 5
CH 122 General Chmistry II 5
CH 123 General Chmistry II 5
EMS 105 EMT Part I 5
EMS 120 Emergency Medical Services: First Responder 3
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
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
ESR Any Environmental Studies course  
G Any Geology course  
GS Any General Science course  

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 Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study
Gainful Employment

Career Description

The Renewable Energy Technology program provides a solid foundation in automated electronic technologies preparing students to work as technicians in a broad range of industries: wind, solar, hydropower, avionics manufacturing, food and beverage manufacturing, engineering, and others. Renewable energy and manufacturing technicians perform a variety of job duties: (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 OEM maintenance manuals. Engineering technicians use electrical and electronic theory to design, build, repair, calibrate, and modify components, circuitry controls, and machinery.

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. All program prerequisites must be completed by the application deadline and be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Required prerequisites are: MTH 95, WR 115, RD 115, and CAS 133. If your math is older than one academic year, you must take a college placement test and test into MTH 111.

Course of Study

This program prepares students for employment in renewable energy. 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. The Renewable Energy Technology certificate is related to the Renewable Energy Technology AAS degree, and, as such, all coursework in the certificate may be applied to completion of the AAS degree. 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.