Certificate of Proficiency
The 45 credit Certificate of Proficiency represents the technical core of practices and technologies in Clean Energy Technology. This includes work in solar electric energy systems, building science, building efficiency, and high performing systems.
Coursework in the certificate includes fundamentals of energy analysis, passive design, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, indoor environmental quality, lighting and daylighting, heating, cooling, and domestic water systems. All technically oriented classes include practical design projects or hands on learning activities. Classes incorporate best practices and standards utilized in the field – all with an emphasis on the achievement of Net Zero Energy. In addition, the certificate includes work using virtual design and modeling tools such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) and 8760 hr energy analysis as they relate to Clean Energy Technologies.
Certificate of Proficiency Outcomes - 45 Credits
Students who successfully complete the Certificate of Proficiency – by achieving a GPA of 2.0 or higher – should be able to:
- Apply a knowledge of mathematics, building science, and electricity to practical problems in the clean energy field
- Read, visualize, and interpret building plans and models including architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical components that affect building energy requirements
- Utilize building energy calculations and economic tools to inform decision making and design for clean energy technologies
- Complete an energy analysis of a building including benchmarking, envelope, heating, cooling, ventilating, lighting, service water, plug loads, and renewable energy systems.
- Identify, describe, and analyze common solar PV, solar thermal, heating, cooling, lighting, and service water processes for commonly applied technologies
- Layout, size, model and specify system components to meet design requirements for clean energy technologies
- Utilize virtual design and modeling techniques to model, design, and create construction documents for clean energy technology systems.
- Understand the applied code, safety, associated equipment and performance parameters and attributes required for the design, installation and maintenance of clean energy technologies
The 90 credit Clean Energy Technology and Entrepreneurship AAAS (2-year) degree expands on the certificate program. Like the certificate, the A.A.A.S provides students with a background in solar electric energy systems, building science, energy efficiency in buildings, and high performing building systems.
In the A.A.A.S., the core technical courses are the same as the certificate of proficiency. In addition to these technical courses, the A.A.A.S adds a broader background of sustainable business practices and entrepreneurship, along with additional technical courses. This can lead to other types of opportunities for graduates in the clean energy technology field.
A.A.A.S Outcomes - 90 Credits
Students who successfully complete the A.A.A.S – by achieving a GPA of 2.0 or higher – in addition to all certificate of proficiency outcomes, should be able to:
- Apply sustainable business practices to clean energy technology business models
- Utilize standard accounting practices, project management skills, a knowledge of business law, and other business practices to support clean energy technology businesses.