Renewable Energy Technician

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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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.
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 renewable energy technicians to work on these systems.

Program Locations

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 2021/2022 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $10,145.56
  • Books: $1,149.40
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $175.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $11,469.96

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.

Term: 1
Catalog# Title Credits
10480101 Renewable Energy Overview 2.00
10601140 Electricity for the Construction Trades 2.00
10483121 Piping Applications 3.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
10601110 HVAC Heating Fundamentals 2.00
10482107 Construction Fundamentals 2.00
  • Welding Fundamentals 2 1.00
10442117 Welding Fundamentals 1 1.00
-or- 10442118 Welding Fundamentals 2 1.00
10601130 Blueprint Reading for Construction Trades 2.00
10476171 Safety for Construction Trades 1.00
(18 Credits)
Term: 2
Catalog# Title Credits
10601120 HVAC Air Conditioning Fundamentals 2.00
10483110 Sustainable Heating System Design & Installation 3.00
10623106 Intro to AutoCAD 1.00
10801136 English Composition I 3.00
10483115 Energy Load Estimation and Modeling 3.00
10482103 Electrical Components & Control Circuits 2.00
10601121 Intro to HVAC Installation 2.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 3
Catalog# Title Credits
10482140 Planning, Design, & Project Management 1 3.00
  • Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
-or- 10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10482110 Photovoltaic System Design & Installation 1 3.00
10809195 Economics 3.00
10482104 Energy Storage Systems 3.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 4
Catalog# Title Credits
10482141 Planning, Design, & Project Management 2 3.00
  • Developmental Psychology 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
-or- 10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
10482106 Operations and Maintenance of PV Systems 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
(12 Credits)
(61 Credits)

Instructors

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.”

Careers

  • 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

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"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."

ROB PECK
GRADUATE

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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.

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