Keeping the lights on, making energy cleaner, and building a smarter electric grid
In this modern world, electricity isn't a luxury - it's a necessity. When it comes to the workers who ensure electricity makes it from the power plant to our switches and sockets, job prospects are stronger than ever. Meanwhile, a green revolution is afoot. It's all about generating more power from clean, renewable energy sources and making the grid that carries our power smarter and more reliably - all while using less energy in our homes and businesses. This movement will require an army of highly skilled workers. ACC is ready to respond with some of the most comprehensive and advanced programs available.
ACC offers Associate of Applied Science degrees & Certificates of Electronics Technology in the following areas:
- Renewable Energy
- Power Technology
- Utility Lineworker
What skills can I gain and where can I work with this education?
Renewable Energy Technology - Students gain the know-how to work in the emerging renewable energy industry as technicians. The program covers solar photovoltaic module installation, solar thermal applications such as solar water heating, wind turbines, and energy efficiency.
Power Technology - With academic and hands-on training to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain electric power systems typically found at utility power plants, program graduates are widely employable by electric utilities nationwide.
Utility Lineworker Technology - High atop utility poles, lineworkers maintain and upgrade the electricity grid and communication lines (cable and telephone). After passing rigorous physical tests, students gain expertise in climbing techniques and safety standards, as well as devices and equipment for electrical transmission and distribution. New smart grid devices, which use communication technology to provide information about electricity usage, are also covered.
How long will it take to get a degree or certification?
Full time students typically take at least two years to complete an associate degree if attending full-time. Certificates usually take one year because include fewer general education classes. Certificates are often preferred by those already working in the industry or those looking to update their skills and employability.
Courses in the program also qualify students to sit in for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Photovoltaic (PV) Entry Level Certificate of Knowledge exam and the NABCEP Solar Photovoltaic System Installer exam.
How do I get started at ACC and where can I find out about financial aid?
JET (Jobs and Education for Texans) Scholarships are available for students interested in pursuing an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Renewable Energy.