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
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 2022/23 academic year.
- Tuition & Fees: $10,426.66
- Books: $729.54
- Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $175.00
- Total Estimated Cost: $11,331.20
Financial Aid Eligibility
This program is eligible for full Financial Aid
|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||Intro 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||Intro to Psychology||3|
|10482106||Operations and Maintenance of PV Systems||3|
|10809166||Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application||3|
|Term Total||12 Credits|
|Program Total||61 Credits|
This course has options available to receive credit for prior learning (CPL) or work experience.
CRAIG BUTTKE, BA
Craig earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is a licensed Master Electrician and Commercial Electrical Inspector in the state of Wisconsin and nationally certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as a PV Installation Professional and PV System Inspector. Craig has taught at Mid-State and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association since 2009, drawing on 17+ years of experience in the construction trades. He also began the solar photovoltaic department at Northwind Solar and was its chief operating officer for 12 years.
“Teaching in renewable energy and the construction trades allows me to bring curiosity, growth, and professionalism to the work of building sustainable infrastructures for the future.”
- 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
"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
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