Courses & Programs

Clean Energy Certificate

Kathleen Maiolatesi

Faculty, Sustainability

Science, Engineering & Math

Marieb 235

413.552.2462 (Tel)


what will you learn?

To prepare for employment in the clean energy sector, students will learn about all types of sustainable energy sources, including solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. They will learn how to use specialized equipment and monitor energy usage. Hands-on experience will be provided in the internship as well as the labs to acquaint the students with the necessary equipment and technologies 

what will you do?

Continue your education or enter the workforce! Job and career options include solar photovoltaic installer, wind turbine technician and more. Explore your options at HCC's Advising, Career & Transfer Center and at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

28-31 total credits

24 credits program requirements + 4-7 credits electives

No online courses are available for this program.


program requirements

24 CREDITS
This course provides an overview of renewable energy resources including solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, tidal, wave, hydropower, and hydrogen. Students will learn basic principles of each technology and its application for both new and existing buildings, and for transportation. Students will investigate the potential of each technology to help solve current and future energy demands the society faces. Topics covered will include governmental regulations, analysis of renewable energy systems, calculation of savings, and financing options available.
This course provides the students with the opportunity to understand and explore energy efficiency/conservation strategies. In lab, students will learn to demonstrate the appropriate usage of energy monitoring and measuring equipment commonly used by energy specialists and energy auditors. In the field, energy consuming facilities, both residential and commercial, will be analyzed by students for energy efficiency. Students will learn to calculate energy savings and environmental impacts in order to assess the optimum energy consumption strategies.
This course is designed for people with no electrical background who plan to work in the clean energy or construction industries in positions which require electrical knowledge. Students will gain an understanding of how electricity works in residential, commercial and industrial settings. Topics covered will include generation and distribution of electricity, circuits, transformers, and the National Electrical Code.
This supervised field-training program will further the hands-on skills students have acquired in SUS 104: Introduction to Solar Energy and SUS 105: Introduction to Wind Energy. They will work with an appropriate energy-resource specific industry partner and gain field experience in the performance of tasks appropriate for each of the renewable energy technology certificate programs. Students will be expected to work 225 hours with the industry partner. Prerequisites: SUS 104 or SUS 105 or SUS 113 and SUS 114
The 21st century has been labeled the green century, and promises expanded opportunities for careers oriented toward sustainability. This course explores the diverse array of expanding green career opportunities and the impact of sustainability on existing occupations and industries. Students identify local career opportunities while engaging community members and organizations. Students develop important work-finding skills such as resume creation, interviewing and networking.
Recent emphasis on making buildings greener has led to considerable confusion. Just what is meant by the term? This class will explore that multi-level problem and take a hands-on approach to implementing tested strategies for designing and building structures that are highly energy efficient, environmentally friendly, healthy, and durable. The course will cover the connections between occupant health and the choice of structural and finish materials, the careful control of air exchange and thermal transfer, the use of renewable energy sources, and industry standards for system efficiencies.
An entrepreneur is an individual who creates a new business in the face of risk and uncertainty for the purpose of achieving profit and growth objectives by identifying significant opportunities and assembling the necessary resources to capitalize on them. This course will provide students with an introduction to what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, including recognizing opportunities in the marketplace and the elements of a professional business plan. Topics covered will include: the marketing strategy; legal considerations; organizational strategies; financial planning and controls; the management team; the concept of social entrepreneurship.

electives

4-7 CREDITS
This course provides a comprehensive training in the application of wind power technology. Students will gain an understanding of wind power as a sustainable form of energy and learn the fundamental science behind harnessing wind and converting it to electrical energy. We will look at the process for siting, developing, constructing, operating and maintaining wind energy projects of different scales, from residential and small commercial to municipal and utility scale.
This course provides a comprehensive training in the application of geothermal technology. Students will gain an understanding of geothermal energy as a sustainable form of energy and learn the fundamental science behind harnessing the earth's heat and converting it to useful energy. We will look at the process for siting, developing, constructing, operating and maintaining geothermal energy projects of different scales, from residential and small commercial to municipal and utility scale.
This course provides a comprehensive training in the application of solar thermal technology. Students will gain an understanding of the solar energy resource and its adaptive application in a variety of strategies including passive solar and active solar thermal. In addition, students will practice designing systems on site for a given location and explore the potential of a solar-based economy. The laboratory will train students to conduct solar energy site assessments, install solar thermal systems and promote the use of solar energy in residential, commercial and municipal facilities.
This course provides a comprehensive training in the application of solar technology. Students will gain an understanding of the solar energy resource and its adaptive application in the use of photovoltaics. In addition, students will practice designing systems on site for a given location and explore the potential of a solar-based economy. The laboratory will train students to conduct solar energy site assessments, install solar photovoltaic systems and promote the use of solar energy in residential, commercial and municipal facilities.
This is a course that prepares English Language Lear5ners to enter the renewable energy workforce. This course will emphasize the integration of reading and communication skills at the advanced level through in-depth examination of the topic. Students will be immersed in the topic of renewable energy resources through discussion and oral presentations based on the reading o textbooks, newspapers, and essays as well as interviews, films, and community events. Prerequisite: ESL 141 or ESL Placement Test


To prepare for employment in the clean energy sector, students will learn about all types of sustainable energy sources, including solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. They will learn how to use specialized equipment and monitor energy usage. Hands-on experience will be provided in the internship as well as the labs to acquaint the students with the necessary equipment and technologies.