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
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 2020/2021 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,624.30
  • Books: $1,261.45
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $40.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $10,925.75

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.

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Term: 1
Catalog# Title Credits
10480101 Renewable Energy Overview 2.00
10601140 Electricity for the Construction Trades 2.00
10483121 Piping Applications 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
10476170 OSHA 30 for the Construction Trades 2.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 2
Catalog# Title Credits
10601120 HVAC Air Conditioning Fundamentals 2.00
10482140 Planning, Design, & Project Management 1 3.00
10483110 Sustainable Heating System Design & Installation 3.00
10483115 Energy Load Estimation and Modeling 3.00
10483130 Electrical Controls & Systems for Buildings 3.00
10601121 Intro to HVAC Installation 2.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 3
Catalog# Title Credits
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
10481110 Building Science and Evaluation 2.00
  • Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
-or- 10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10801136 English Composition I 3.00
10482110 Photovoltaic System Design & Installation 1 3.00
(14 Credits)
Term: 4
Catalog# Title Credits
10623106 Intro to AutoCAD 1.00
10482141 Planning, Design, & Project Management 2 3.00
  • Developmental Psychology 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
-or- 10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
10482111 Photovoltaic System Design & Installation 2 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
10623114 Intro to Inventor 1.00
(14 Credits)
(60 Credits)



Ben holds a master’s degree in environmental science and policy – renewable energy from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. He has over 15 years of experience as an installer, site assessor, designer, project manager, and instructor. He is also certified by the NABCEP as a solar heating installer and by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) as a solar water heating site assessor and photovoltaic site assessor. In addition to teaching in the Renewable Energy Technician and HVAC programs at Mid-State, Ben is the solar water heating instructor for the MREA. In 2016, he was recognized as the KEEP Energy Educator of the Year. Ben is also the co-author of the book Solar Water Heating: A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems.

“I love what I do and am excited to spend each day empowering students to better themselves and to change the world.”


  • Customer Service Representative
  • Engineer/Design Technician
  • Installation Assistant
  • Project Manager
  • Renewable Energy Specialist
  • Site Assessor
  • Solar Applications Technician
  • Technical Sales Representative


"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."


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