Energy Technology - Alternative Energy

This program is INACTIVE

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science
Office Contact
School of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development: 313-845-9645,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-211

Program Description


Covers alternative automotive propulsion, green construction, energy system design, blueprint reading; wind, solar, and fuel cell technology, geothermal systems, refrigeration, and AC/DC electricity.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Distinguish the full range of renewable energy technologies and their applications.
  2. Describe how mechanical components of renewable energy technologies that are economically relevant work (wind, solar PV, solar thermal, batteries, geothermal, small hydropower, fuel cells, alternatively fueled vehicles, and biomass).
  3. Demonstrate basic principles of electrical repair and installation while employing appropriate safety measures.
  4. Demonstrate the installation, maintenance, and repair of small wind generators, solar PV, solar thermal hot water systems, basic biomass. combustion systems, and above-ground components of geothermal systems following manufacturer specifications.
  5. Compare and contrast the environmental impact and economic role of both traditional and alternative energy supplies.
  6. Perform building energy audits for residential and commercial buildings.
  7. Perform energy efficient upgrades to building envelopes, HVAC equipment, and controls.
  8. Describe and apply mechanical, building, plumbing, electrical, and energy codes, standards, local ordinances, and state and federal regulations.
Career Opportunities
  • Automotive - Fuels, Battery
  • Developing jobs in wind, photovoltaic, construction, automotive, consulting, design, and financial development.
  • Energy Auditing - Weatherization
  • Fuel Cell Technology
  • Geothermal - Planning, Development
  • Photovoltaic - Installations, Sales, Design
  • Wind Turbine - Manufacture, Assembly, Assessment

General Education

Category 4: Social Sciences
Complete any one.
Credit Hours

See General Education Requirements for details.

Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Winter 2019 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.