Renewable Energy – Associate of Applied Science
for a Brighter Planet
Renewable energy helps in the fight against climate change by aiding in the conservation of natural resources. The use of non-renewable resources, such as fossil fuels, hurts the environment. The world is facing unprecedented energy problems and the solution is to develop alternate energy resources. Renewable energy has rapidly become a major area of focus globally as the world seeks cleaner sources of energy. Renewable energy systems need to be maintained and designed.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for Renewable Energy related jobs is bright. While there is no one field named Renewable Energy, a credential in Renewable Energy allows the graduate to work in related areas such as Wind Turbine Technology, Solar Power Technology, Geothermal Technician, Energy Auditor, among others. Employment in these fields is expected to grow at an average rate of 15% from 2020-2030 with an explosive growth rate of 68% expected for Wind Turbine Technicians. The BLS projects approximately 10,000 jobs per year in all technician level jobs. The salaries in this field are respectable. As an example, according to O*NET Online, the median salary of a Wind Turbine Technician nationally is $56,260 with a high end of approximately $80K per year.
How you will learn
We at TIEP have taken the best features of in-person learning and online learning to create an innovative and accelerated educational experience designed to meet the demands of a modern learner. Our new facility on the Unity College campus in New Gloucester, Maine is equipped with HyFlex classrooms designed with cutting edge technology to enhance teaching and learning. Our courses meet synchronously, in–person, but allow for flexibility to remote-in on those occasions when life happens, and you are unable to get to campus. Flexibility doesn’t end there; the video recording and curating technology means you can revisit a particular subject discussed by simply re–watching that section of the class on your own time and refining your notes. After viewing the recording, questions are bound to come up; for this, our Instructors and Learner Success Coordinators are available for help through both in-person and virtual support hours.
What (competencies) you learn
One of our guiding principles is that knowledge is what learners gain from the materials presented in the course, but competency is the ability to apply that knowledge through a task in a simulated work setting. A competency is a way to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities. Below are a few of the many program competencies outlined with the Renewable Energy degree program.
- Demonstrate an understanding of creating and maintaining safe working environments in the renewable energy field
- Explain the function and design of sustainable energy systems such as solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal technologies
- Discuss sustainable alternatives (including smart grid) to unhealthy environmental practices
- Describe basic energy concepts and laws of energy.
- Describe the challenges and benefits of implementing sustainable practices in business and society
- Analyze circuits’ voltage and currents and troubleshoot control systems.
- Explain how motors, generators, and battery technologies function in the renewable energy field
- Demonstrate an understanding of digital circuits, basic Information technology, and Boolean logic.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this an online program?
No. We leverage in-person learning at our campus in New Gloucester, Maine, and supplement it with guided online instruction to create an innovative and flexible educational experience.
How and where will I study?
All programs are delivered in person on–site in Freeport Hall on the Pineland Farms campus of Unity College – 70 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester, ME 04260.
How much does it cost?
Our cost per credit is $250, we have no additional fees! Even at this price, most learners are eligible for Financial Aid (federal & state), which can reduce out-of-pocket costs significantly.
How do I find out if I’m eligible for Financial Aid?
The process is simple, complete the FAFSA and make sure to include the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions at Unity College school code 006858. If you have questions about financial aid, paying for college, or the process, our career coaches are ready and eager to help.
When do classes start?
There are 20 terms per year so there is always an opportunity to begin right around the corner.
What am I going to learn?
Skills and competencies that have been identified as essential by subject matter experts in your field and will align with prospective employer needs.
- How do I apply?