Solar Electric Technician

Solar Electric 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 solar electric technicians to work on these systems.

A Closer Look

Solar electric technicians design, assemble, install, or maintain solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs or other structures. They comply with site assessments and schematics and integrate new renewable electricity 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, solar electric technicians may also be involved in the sale or marketing of solar PV and wind energy technologies.


What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Solar Electric Technician program prepares students to design, install, operate, and maintain solar and wind electricity generating systems for both residential and light commercial applications.

In this program you’ll receive the instruction and hands-on experience needed to perform site assessments and integrate new renewable electricity systems with currently existing energy sources. You’ll also develop the expertise required to work as an electricity technician involved in the sale or marketing of solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy technologies.


Careers

  • Condition Monitoring Technician
  • Controls Technician
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Electrical Worker/Laborer
  • Measurement Technician
  • Photovoltaic System Installation, Maintenance, and Service Technician
  • Photovoltaic System Sales Representative
  • Service Technician
  • Solar PV Site Assessor
  • Wind Farm Service Technician
  • Wind System Installation, Maintenance, and Service Technician
  • Wind System Sales Representative

Your Instructors

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

MIKE MARCOE

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 NUSZ

Benjamin earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and has over 10 years of experience installing and designing renewable energy systems. He is also vice president of the board of directors of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and co-authored the book Solar Water Heating: A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems. Benjamin lives in a solar-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.

Courses

Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10103106 Microsoft Office-Introduction 3.00
10480101 Intro to Renewable Energy Systems 4.00
10605108 Intro to Electronics 2.00
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10605105 Electrical Circuits I 3.00
10623106 Intro to AutoCAD 2.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
-or-
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
-or-
10804189 Introductory Statistics 3.00
-or-
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
(17-19 Credits)
Term: 2
10462116 Metal Fabrication 3.00
-or-
10462114 Metals & Machining 3.00
10482105 Intermediate Electrical Theory & Applications 3.00
10482107 Construction Fundamentals 2.00
10482110 Photovoltaic System Design & Installation 1 3.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
-or-
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10809196 Intro to Sociology 3.00
-or-
10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3.00
(17 Credits)
Term: 3
10103124 Excel-Intermediate 1.00
10150101 Network Fundamentals 3.00
10482101 Solar Site Assessment & Evaluation 3.00
10482111 Photovoltaic System Design & Installation 2 3.00
10482115 Grid-Tied Renewable Electric Systems 2.00
10482120 Wind Energy System Design and Installation 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
Elective 2.00
(20 Credits)
Term: 4
10482116 Stand-Alone Renewable Electric Systems 2.00
10482150 Advanced Renewable Electric Systems 2.00
10605117 Programmable Logic Controllers-Beginning 3.00
10806112 Principles of Sustainability 3.00
10809122 Intro to American Government 3.00
Elective 1.00
(14 Credits)
Total Credits: 68-70