Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers an exciting program to train students for careers in the emerging field of clean energy technology. The Clean Energy Technician certificate program is a short-term program that combines courses in alternative and renewable energy systems with traditional electricity topic courses.
The mission of the 20-credit program is to train professional technicians and individuals for the advancing industry of applying clean energy technologies in homes, small businesses, and tribal communities, and especially those applications in northeastern Minnesota. The program’s mission is consistent with the overall mission of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College to provide technological opportunities and experiences to prepare students for the future.
The program is directed at training professional technicians and interested individuals to implement electric-based renewable energy systems in homes and small businesses. Clean energy is defined as energy that is generated and used in the highest feasible mode of environmental and social responsibility. Renewable energy systems and highly efficient energy systems are examples of clean energy systems.
Excellent Career Forecast
The certificate program is intended to provide future technicians with basic clean energy information and the skills needed to work in residential, small business, and tribal community environments. Students will also be well-suited to work in the rapidly developing industry of electric energy-based renewable energy systems, and in electric energy-based high efficiency systems.
Students will become acquainted with electric circuits, the electric utility industry, various renewable energy systems, some common electric-based renewable energy technologies, and several electric-based high efficiency systems. These technologies include photovoltaic panels and small wind energy systems for the generation of electric power.
Because of the recent history of the worldwide fossil fuel energy industry, the clean energy industry may rapidly become a strategic one. According to industry analysts, the current small demand for professionals is likely to grow rapidly.
Skills learned in the certificate program courses also have applications in other industries. All of the required courses will be useful to individual homeowners who are interested in implementing renewable energy system components in a home or small business. Students may choose to take one or two of the courses as an introduction, and then consider continuing with additional courses to complete the entire certificate program.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has excellent instructional resources for both classroom and hands-on learning. Demonstration-size renewable energy systems, electrical lab training equipment, and knowledgeable faculty are available to students.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has a bank of photovoltaic panels on campus, a small home-sized wind turbine, multiple photovoltaic home energy demonstration systems, and numerous pieces of electronic training equipment.
For Further Information
To receive more information about the Clean Energy Technician certificate program, or general information, contact:
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720
TTY (218) 879-0805
Clean Energy Technician Certificate Required Courses
The current degree program planner checklist of required courses to complete the certificate is available for viewing and printing here.
The program can be completed in one year, attending part-time. Convenient time schedule for part-time students. Credits transfer to other colleges and universities.
Selected Course Descriptions
EUT 1020 Basic Electricity
This is the first half of a two-semester course sequence. Students will be introduced to Direct Current (DC) electric circuits and devices from the perspective used in the electric power industry. The topics of DC electric circuits, motors, generators, and other topics will be introduced through hands-on learning activities.
EUT 1021 AC Electricity for Electric Utility Technicians
This is the second half of a two-semester course sequence. Students will be introduced to Alternating Current (AC) electric circuits and devices from the perspective used in the electric power industry. The topics of AC electric circuits, motors, generators, and other topics will be introduced through hands-on learning activities
EUT 1035 Photovoltaic Energy
Photovoltaic systems for the generation of electricity, for home use and for business, will be covered in theory and practice with emphasis on covering practical implementation measures. As a component of this course, experts in photovoltaic energy systems will provide current information on new developments in this renewable energy technology.
EUT 1045 Wind Energy
Wind energy systems for the generation of electricity, for home use and for business, will be covered in theory and practice with emphasis on covering practical implementation measures. As a component of this course, experts in wind energy systems will provide current information on new developments in this renewable energy technology.
EUT 1055 Home Energy Systems and Auditing
The science of home energy systems and energy auditing methods will be covered in theory and practice, with an emphasis on covering practical methods to increase home energy efficiency. As a component of this course, experts in home energy systems and auditing will provide current information on best practices.
GEOG 1050 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
This course will introduce concepts of GIS theory. Hands-on applications will be used, primarily consisting of ArcGIS software. Students will complete lab assignments within appropriate topics and fields. Topics could rage from land use analysis to crime analysis. Other topics may be explored as necessary and as deemed appropriate by the instructor.
Degree requirements and courses are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.
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