Renewable Energy

The renewable energy industry continues to grow and many analysts predict that by 2020, the global clean energy economy will top $1 trillion.  At Vermont Tech, you'll take advantage of an integrated course of study including engineering, technology, science, and business to prepare for careers designing, implementing, and managing renewable energy systems and similar technologies. 

The Renewable Energy degree program begins with foundation courses to build a broad base of knowledge and skills in science, engineering, technology, design, analysis, and communication. The program curriculum also offers hands-on experience with solar, wind, biomass, and other working renewable energy systems on our Randolph Center campus.

Along with a complete Renewable Energy Lab, students have access to a variety of working renewable energy installations that provide power to the Randolph Center campus.

Renewable energy courses offer hands-on experiences that include design, site assessment, systems installation, biomass processing, system performance monitoring, and troubleshooting. Students also develop and apply theoretical tools to predict system performance and utilize computer-aided technology for design. Technologies covered include solar PV, renewable heating, wind, and biomass.

Our graduates pursue careers as systems designers, systems technicians, field operations technologists, technical managers, and sales technicians employed by renewable energy manufacturers; energy project developers; manufacturing and technology companies; and energy consulting and management firms.

CCV students: Our articulation agreement with CCV guarantees admission for CCV graduates who complete the AS in STEM Studies with a 2.0 or higher GPA, provided the student has completed a minimum of 60 pre-approved transfer credits. Please contact our Admissions office for specific degree requirements.

 

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy will:

  • Design and manage renewable energy systems and related technologies
  • Develop a career path that employs knowledge of science, technology, and management to address energy needs and challenges
  • Work as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team using strong graphic and verbal skills to present ideas
  • Learn to integrate state-of-the-art knowledge in this rapidly evolving profession

Bachelor’s degree students are subject to Vermont Tech’s minimum degree requirements (see page 50). The minimum degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy are:

  • 6 credits of college English
  • 12 credits of mathematics, including Calculus and Statistics
  • 12 credits of arts, humanities, and social science
  • 12 credits of electives
  • 16 credits of lab-based science, including Physics I and II, chemistry, and biology
  • 16 credits of engineering courses, including CAD, AC, and DC electrical circuits
  • 46 credits of Renewable Energy core courses, including or equivalent to:
    • ARE 2031  Environmental Systems I
    • ARE 2032  Environmental Systems II
    • ARE 3050  Fundamentals of Fluids & Thermodynamics
    • ARE 4030  HVAC Systems
    • BUS 2020  Principles of Management
    • BUS 3250  Organizational Behavior & Management
    • BUS 4530  Technical Project Management
    • MEC 1010  Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Technology
    • MEC 2150  Solar Photovoltaics
    • MEC 3010  Wind Power
    • MEC 3040  Bioenergy
    • MEC 3170  Renewable Heating Systems
    • MEC 4721  Capstone Project I
    • MEC 4722  Capstone Project II
    • MEC 4802  MEC Internship Review
    • SSC 2030  Energy Systems & Sustainability
  • Scholarships: While there are no program-specific scholarships available at this time, additional scholarships are available.  

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Working with renewable energy manufacturers, energy project developers, manufacturing and technology companies, and energy consulting and management firms, our graduates pursue careers as: systems designers and technicians, field operations technologists, technical managers and sales technicians.
 

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