Renewable Energy Technician

Renewable Energy Technician

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Sunlight is the most abundant source of potential energy on the planet. If harnessed properly, it could easily exceed current and future electricity demand. As non-renewable energy sources dwindle and their impact on our planet intensifies, it is increasingly important that we create solar power. And we’ll need many more renewable energy technicians to work on these systems.

A Closer Look

Renewable Energy technicians design, assemble, install, or maintain solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water heating systems on roofs or other structures. They comply with site assessments and schematics and integrate new renewable energy systems with current existing energy sources. The work entails measuring, cutting, assembling, and bolting structural framing and solar modules. They also perform electrical work, such as voltage checks.

As renewable energy experts, renewable energy technicians may perform site assessments and manage renewable energy installations projects. They may also be involved in the sale or marketing of renewable energy technologies such as solar PV, solar thermal, and wind.

What You'll Learn

The only program of its kind in the Wisconsin Technical College System, Mid-State’s Renewable Energy Technician program prepares students to design an integrated portfolio of renewable and traditional energy-producing systems. Graduates develop a working knowledge of “green” building concepts and energy-efficient design principles as well as the foundation needed for an entry-level position in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) fields.

In this program you’ll learn to perform site assessments and recommend appropriate renewable energy technologies, sell and market renewable energy technologies, and manage renewable energy installation projects. Mid-State’s unique facilities, a variety of brands of equipment and software for training, experienced faculty, and off-campus design opportunities make this program one-of-a-kind.


  • Customer Service Representative
  • Engineer/Design Technician
  • Installation Assistant
  • Project Manager
  • Renewable Energy Specialist
  • Site Assessor
  • Solar Applications Technician
  • Technical Sales Representative

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Renewable Energy Specialist program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


In one way or another, Mike has been working with electricity for over 20 years. He has experience as an electronics technician, an electric meter technician, and an instrumentation technician. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UW-Stevens Point.

“I want students to see me not as an authority, but as a guide, whose task is to help them discover their strengths and weaknesses and act on them accordingly. This gives them skills that will help them throughout their lives.”


Benjamin earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and has over 10 years of experience installing and designing mechanical, hydronic, heating, and renewable energy systems. He co-authored the book Solar Water Heating: A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems. Benjamin lives in a high-efficiency, solar-heated and -powered home he built himself.

“I love what I do and am excited to spend each day empowering students to better themselves and to change the world.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,052.60
  • Books: $1,432.87
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $55.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $10,540.47

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10442100 Intro to Welding 1.00
10476170 OSHA 30 for the Construction Trades 2.00
10480101 Renewable Energy Overview 2.00
10482107 Construction Fundamentals 2.00
10483121 Piping Applications 3.00
10601110 HVAC Heating Fundamentals 2.00
10601130 Blueprint Reading for Construction Trades 2.00
10601140 Electricity for the Construction Trades 2.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 2
10482140 Planning, Design, & Project Management 1 3.00
10483110 Sustainable Heating System Design & Installation 3.00
10483115 Energy Load Estimation and Modeling 3.00
10483130 Electrical Controls & Systems for Buildings 3.00
10601120 HVAC Air Conditioning Fundamentals 2.00
10601121 Intro to HVAC Installation 2.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 3
10481110 Building Science and Evaluation 2.00
10482110 Photovoltaic System Design & Installation 1 3.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
(14 Credits)
Term: 4
10482111 Photovoltaic System Design & Installation 2 3.00
10482141 Planning, Design, & Project Management 2 3.00
10623106 Intro to AutoCAD 1.00
10623114 Intro to Inventor 1.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
(14 Credits)
Total Credits: 60