Solar Electric TechnicianAssociate 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.
- 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
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!
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 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.”