Renewable Energy SpecialistAssociate in Applied Science (AAS)
Today, most people know about the unintended consequences of traditional energy sources and believe that moving to renewable energy is imperative for the survival of our planet. But moving away from fossil fuels and nuclear power requires a major shift in systems—and in the knowledge and skills required of people working in the energy industry.
A Closer Look
Renewable energy specialists help ensure that we can meet the world’s energy needs into the future. They create energy from the wind, solar, biomass crops, agricultural residues, or municipal wastes. They also stay current in their knowledge of new technologies and relevant public policies.
They often perform site assessments and recommend appropriate renewable energy technologies, sell and/or market renewable energy technologies, and manage renewable energy installation projects.
What You'll Learn
Mid-State’s Renewable Energy Specialist 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.
In this program you’ll learn to perform site assessments and recommend appropriate renewable energy technologies, sell and/or 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
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 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.”