Energy

Certificates of Achievement

Solar Energy Systems Design, Estimation, and Sales Certificate

This certificate provides training in all aspects of solar photovoltaic (PV) system design, cost estimation, sales, and installation. It also includes training in oral presentations and management skills. The courses included in the certificate also qualify students to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Associate Certificate of Knowledge Exam.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ET 302 Principles of Electricity and Electronics 4
ENERGY 140 Electrical Applications for Solar Installers 3
ENERGY 141 Electrical & Mechanical Applications for Solar Installers 3
ENERGY 142 NABCEP Associate Certification Preparation 2
ENERGY 143 Solar Photovoltaic Systems Design, Installation, and Troubleshooting 4
SPEECH 301 Public Speaking 3
BUS 300 Introduction to Business (3) 3
   or BUS 350 Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship (3)
Total Units: 22

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • describe the components in a complete grid-tie PV system.
  • construct solar PV battery charging systems.
  • analyze test equipment data to determine the location of the "sweet spot" on a solar PV panel's Current--Voltage (IV) curves.
  • identify tools and test equipment necessary for solar PV panel installations.
  • identify different sizes of wire according to American Wire Gauge (AWG) tables.
  • describe the advantages of obtaining the NABCEP Associate Certificate of Knowledge Certificate.
  • construct a simulated roof system using industry standard building materials.
  • calculate the amount of yearly solar radiance in relationship to shading using the Solmetric's SunEye predictor and software.
  • inspect and repair malfunctioning components in a functioning grid tie solar PV system.
  • estimate the yearly power output for a solar photovoltaic system using both the SunEye and the Pathfinder sun angle and shade predictor.
  • identify typical locations of electrical/mechanical failures in PV systems.
  • maximize communication effectiveness by specifying, planning for, and adapting to the specific audience.
  • identify and analyze factors that contribute to effective design, development, and delivery of presentations.
  • relate the communication process to public speaking situations.
  • assess the ways to start a business and which form of business organization should be used.
  • explain the importance of a business plan, a financial plan, and a marketing plan.
  • describe the financing process and how to access capital.
  • apply principles of management and marketing relevant to the small business.
  • evaluate financial reports.
  • analyze the impact of legal requirements and government regulations as related to the operation of the small business.

Career Information

This certificate prepares students for entry level employment in a wide variety of positions in the PV industry. It is also valuable for people working in the PV industry to upgrade their skills to include the newest advancements in solar technology. Career opportunities include PV system designers, PV systems outside sales, PV equipment and associated component sales representatives, and a variety of other emerging careers in this field.


Solar Energy Technology Certificate

This certificate provides training in all aspects of solar photovoltaic (PV) system design, installation, troubleshooting, and repair. The courses included in the certificate also qualify students to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Associate Certificate of Knowledge Exam.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ET 302 Principles of Electricity and Electronics 4
ENERGY 140 Electrical Applications for Solar Installers 3
ENERGY 141 Electrical & Mechanical Applications for Solar Installers 3
ENERGY 142 NABCEP Associate Certification Preparation 2
ENERGY 143 Solar Photovoltaic Systems Design, Installation, and Troubleshooting 4
Total Units: 16

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • describe the components in a complete grid-tie PV system.
  • construct solar PV battery charging systems.
  • analyze test equipment data to determine the location of the "sweet spot" on a solar PV panel's Current-Voltage (IV) curves.
  • identify tools and test equipment necessary for solar PV panel installations.
  • identify different sizes of wire according to American Wire Gauge (AWG) tables.
  • analyze and describe the advantages of obtaining the NABCEP Associate Certificate of Knowledge Certificate.
  • construct a simulated roof system using industry standard building materials.
  • calculate the amount of yearly solar radiance in relationship to shading using the Solmetric's SunEye predictor and software.
  • inspect and repair malfunctioning components in a functioning grid-tie solar PV system.
  • assess safety hazards in respect to fire, shock, and falls when installing or repairing PV systems.
  • estimate PV system using both the SunEye and the Pathfinder sun angle and shade predictor.
  • identify typical locations of electrical/mechanical failures in PV systems.
  • calculate the correct gauge wire and number of wires in a metal raceway according to National Electrical Code standards.
  • calculate the battery amperage required for a stand-alone PV system.

Career Information

This certificate prepares the student for entry level employment in a wide variety of positions in the PV industry. It is also valuable for people working in the PV industry to upgrade their skills to include the newest advancements in solar technology. Career opportunities include PV installers, PV service technicians, and other emerging careers in this field.