Alternative Energy Engineering
What is an alternative energy technologist?
Alternative energy technologists are responsible for the planning, specifications, and technical support of energy systems. They provide direction as well as hands-on installation of Alternative Energy system components. The technologist in this area must have a broad knowledge of Alternative Energy Systems as well as building, electrical and plumbing codes. They work with electrical equipment that converts DC energy into grid connected AC power. They work with Hydrogen and Methanol fuel cells that produce DC energy. These technologists have the knowledge necessary to conduct feasibility studies for the types and locations of Alternative Energy systems. Wind power, solar power (both active and passive), geothermal, biomass as well as other unconventional and cogeneration systems are just a few of the things that are studied by the alternative energy technologist.
What types of skills are required?
The alternative energy technologist must have a good general knowledge of earth science, practical physics, general chemistry as well as electrical practices and pipe fitting expertise. Strong design and communication skills are a must. A commitment to life long learning that will be necessary as more and more alternative energy systems become mainstream components.
Where are they employed?
Alternative Energy Technologists will find employment opportunities with public utilities, alternative energy systems manufacturers, architectural and engineering consultants, energy management companies, heating and cooling contractors, and alternative energy system contractors and retailers.
What degrees and certificates does LCC offer?
LCC offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree, Alternative Energy Engineering Technologies; Alternative Energy Engineering Technologies Certificate of Completion, Energy Efficiency Technician Certificate of Achievement, Solar Energy Certificate of Achievement, Windturbine Technician Certificate of Achievement, Geothermal Technician Certificate of Achievement, and an Associate in Applied Science Degree, Customer Energy Specialist.
What is the salary range?
With energy costs spiraling upward, and the eventual end of oil production for fuel, job growth and employment opportunities are likely to continue to improve. The number of community college trained alternative energy technicians will be far fewer than the job openings, resulting in excellent employment opportunities.
Salary range is difficult to predict as growth in this area is unprecedented and there is very little historical data for this new industry.
Like any occupation, pay and advancement, are dependent on education, experience, location, and the price of fuel and energy costs, as well as the state of the economy.
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