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 believe that we have taken all the best features of in-person learning and combined them with the best parts of online learning to create an innovative experience designed to meet the needs of a modern learner. Our brand new HyFlex classrooms are located at the Unity College campus on Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. 100% of the courses taught at TIEP are leveraging the HyFlex model designed for busy learners. In a HyFlex model, courses meet synchronously which can be in person or remote. These live classes, supported with cutting-edge technology, enable learners to ask questions (live or in chat), participate in classroom discussions and group work, as well as participate in “hands-on” labs and projects. Flexibility doesn’t end there; our state-of-the-art video recording and curating technology means that even if you must miss class (life happens) you can log in on your time and see what you missed. If you are struggling to grasp a particular subject being discussed in class, simply go back on your own time and re-watch. After viewing the recording, questions may come up; for this, our subject matter experts (or instructors) are there to help you get answers through both virtual and in-person 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?
At TIEP have took 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 learners. Classes are taught synchronously at a set day and time like a most traditional course but only meet for about 20% of the time with the remaining 80% of the class being completed through guided online instruction.
How and where will I study?
Classrooms are located in Freeport Hall, our new building on the Unity College Campus at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. All programs are built on the principles of competency-based Education (CBE) allowing the institute to respond quickly to an ever-changing workforce .
How much does it cost?
Our cost per credit is $250, and we anticipate most learners being eligible to received Financial Aid (federal & state), which can reduce out-of-pocket costs significantly. Learn more about Paying for College.
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 staff is ready and eager to help.
When do classes start?
A start date has not been finalized yet as we continue to build programs and actively work towards an anticipated launch some time in late summer or early fall 2022.
What am I going to learn?
The competencies and skills needed to be prepared and career ready, when entering or progressing in your industry.
How do I apply?
The application will be launched as we get closer to an official start date. Until then you should fill out an inquiry form and we will keep you up to date on our progress towards an anticipated opening in late summer or early fall 2022.