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Renewable Energy Technician


Certificate of Completion
Major Code: 150503
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Renewable Energy Technician four-term certificate program is designed for students seeking
entry-level positions in renewable energy manufacturing, installation, site evaluation, and service
industries. Typical occupations include those of renewable energy technician, solar PV racking
installer, energy system site evaluator, manufacturing technician, or limited energy auditor.

The program emphasizes green technologies, electronics fundamentals, practical troubleshooting
and systems site evaluation and design. Technical courses involve extensive lab work using solar
photo-voltaic panels, wind and hydro generators, chargers, batteries, inverters, and industry standard
test equipment to design, build and test systems. Site evaluation training for system efficiencies
and cost analysis is accomplished through hands-on use of specialized equipment and software. The
certificate also helps prepare students for the entry-level North American Board of Certified Energy
Practitioners (NABCEP) industry certification test.

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Classification (SOC) codes, graduation rates, tuition and fees, typical costs for books and supplies,
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The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant
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Entry Requirements

Students are required to take a placement test to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading
and writing. As part of their training program students must begin with courses within their
skill levels as determined by placement test scores. Students are also required to complete any prerequisites
listed. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase
their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college
policies and the Electronics Technology department chair’s recommendation. In order to ensure
that coursework is current, program courses over three years old must be reviewed and approved
by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Official
transcripts must be filed with the Enrollment Services Office and the Electronics Technology

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their
certificates. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for
these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.


Course No.
Course Title
CS__ Approved 3-4 credit computer science class, CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency

Note: Required for graduation. Successful completion of CS120 or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years fulfills this requirement. Contact a computer science adviser to help determine placement.

MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement test score 0-4
RD30 College Reading or designated placement test score 0-4
WR30 Fundamentals of Composition II or designated placement test score 0-4
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-16

Required Courses

Course No.
Course Title
First Term
EET113 Exploration of Alternative Energies 3
EET125 Electronics Fundamentals I 6
MTH63 Applied Technical Math/Applied Algebra I or MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra l or higher level math 4
Second Term
EET112 Introduction to Mechatronics 5
EET118 Introduction to Renewable Energy Systems (RES) 5
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or WR121 English Composition I 3-4
Third Term
EET120 Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Site Analysis and Design 4
EET126 Electronics Fundamentals II 7
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations or BT101 Human Relations in Organizations 3
Fourth Term
EET121 North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners(NABCEP) Entry-level Preparation 2
EET130 Digital Fundamentals I 6
HE112 Emergency First Aid 1
  Approved program elective(s) 3-7
  Total Program Credits 52-57

Approved Program Electives (3-7 credits required)

Course No.
Course Title
CS125 Any computer science course, CS125 or above variable
EET131 Digital Fundamentals II 6
EET140 Solid State Fundamentals 7
EET180 Cooperative Work Experience/Electronics 1-5
GS104 Physical Science with lab 4

For more information contact the Electronics Technology Department:

Grants Pass or Medford:  541-245-7809
Toll free in Oregon:  800-411-6508, Ext. 7809
Web address:
TTY:  Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711