Renewable Energy Technician
Why choose Renewable Energy Technician?
- Help ensure that the world can meet its energy needs into the future.
- Develop the skills and confidence to design an integrated portfolio of renewable and traditional energy producing systems.
- Interested in earning a bachelor’s degree? For transfer opportunities, visit mstc.edu/transfer.
Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494
Full-Time or Part-Time
Length of Program: Two Years
Start Dates: Fall or Spring
Start at any time or location by taking general education courses
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 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.
Estimated Entire Program Cost
Cost based on the 2023/24 academic year.
- Tuition & Fees: $10,922.70
- Books: $1,453.80
- Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $175.00
- Total Estimated Cost: $12,551.50
Financial Aid Eligibility
This program is eligible for full Financial Aid
This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.
|10480101||Renewable Energy Overview||2|
|10601140||Electricity for the Construction Trades||2|
|10601110||HVAC Heating Fundamentals||2|
|10442117||Welding Fundamentals 1||1|
|-or-||10442118||Welding Fundamentals 2||1|
|10601130||Blueprint Reading for Construction Trades||2|
|10476171||Safety for Construction Trades||1|
|Term Total||18 Credits|
|10601120||HVAC Air Conditioning Fundamentals||2|
|10483113||Hydronics and Heat Pumps||3|
|10623106||Introduction to AutoCAD||1|
|10801136||English Composition 1||3|
|10483115||Energy Load Estimation and Modeling||3|
|10482103||Electrical Components & Control Circuits||2|
|10601121||Intro to HVAC Installation||2|
|Term Total||16 Credits|
|10482140||Planning, Design, & Project Management 1||3|
|10482110||Photovoltaic System Design & Installation 1||3|
|10482104||Energy Storage Systems||3|
|Term Total||15 Credits|
|10482141||Planning, Design, & Project Management 2||3|
|10809198||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|10482106||Operations and Maintenance of PV Systems||3|
|10809166||Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application||3|
|Term Total||12 Credits|
|Program Total||61 Credits|
GREG ENGEN, AS
Greg earned his associate of science in building and energy management from Western Technical College (WTC) in La Crosse. He is a credentialed Photovoltaic (PV) Associate by the NABCEP and holds a PV Design and Installation Certificate from WTC. Now in his second year of teaching, Greg brings many years of field experience to the classroom, including ten years in construction and five years in the solar industry. He is passionate about safety, quality construction, and energy efficiency and continues to work and educate himself in carpentry and solar in his off time.
“My work and education in construction has allowed me to bring real-world experience and knowledge to the classroom. This field is always changing, and I aim to stay on top of current practices and technology to prepare students as they build a career in whatever industry they choose.”
- Energy Load Estimator
- Renewable Energy Technical Sales Representative
- Solar Installer
- Customer Service Representative
- Engineer/Design Technician
- Installation Assistant
- Project Manager
- Site Assessor
- Solar Applications Technician
- Technical Sales Representative
- Renewable Energy Technician
- Sustainability Specialist
High school students are eligible to enroll in this program and all courses required. Learn more about Mid-State Fast-Track.
Take the Next Step
"Mid-State’s coursework and instructors gave me all the tools I needed to secure a job designing renewable energy systems—even before graduation day. It feels great to work in such a progressive and innovative industry."
Choose Your Path
Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.
Transfer • Dual Credit • Credit for Prior Learning