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Alternative Energy Technician

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What will I do?

Alternative energy technicians install wind turbines and solar panels.

What classes will I take?

You will take electrical, mechanical and technical classes. You will also need to take math classes.

What skills do I need to start school?

You will need basic math skills and computer skills. You can’t be afraid of heights.

How long does it take to complete a certificate?

Programs usually last two to three semesters. You can choose to specialize in wind or solar technology.

What are the next steps in a pathway?

You can use your credits in your certificate program to earn an associate’s degree.

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What can I do with an associate’s degree?

With an associate degree, employment opportunities are similar to those with a short-term certificate, but will generally have more responsibility and earn a higher wage.

What can I do with a bachelor’s degree?

You can transfer your credits to a bachelor’s degree in solar technology, sustainability, electrical engineering, or power engineering. Sample careers for students who earn a bachelor’s degree include sustainability officer for a municipality or a solar operations engineer, designing new solar power systems.

What are some challenges?

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You might need to climb onto the roof of a very tall building, so people who install wind and solar energy can’t be afraid of heights.

You might need to travel to where the work is. For example, there is a high demand for solar power in the Southwest, where there is year round sunlight.

How easy will it be to get a job?

This is a growing field.

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