Energy Technology - Alternative Energy

Program Info

Effective Term
Fall 2017
Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science
Office Contact
School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): 313-845-9632,, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-122
Faculty Contact
Gregory Laskowsky: 313-317-1550,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-115D

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
  • Distinguish the full range of renewable energy technologies and their applications.
  • 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).
  • Demonstrate basic principles of electrical repair and installation while employing appropriate safety measures.
  • 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.
  • Compare and contrast the environmental impact and economic role of both traditional and alternative energy supplies.
  • Perform building energy audits for residential and commercial buildings.
  • Perform energy efficient upgrades to building envelopes, HVAC equipment, and controls.
  • 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

Degree-Specific Requirements

Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours