Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

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The Energy Management - Renewable Energy Option first year core courses are shared with Energy Management and Building Controls option students.


The program then prepares students for employment designing and installing solar electric and domestic hot water systems. If planning to become an installer in Oregon, state law requires all renewable energy installers to be licensed, and this usually requires participation in a State recognized apprenticeship program. Hours put into obtaining the AAS degree can be directly applied to the apprenticeship educational requirements.

Earn $25,000-35,000 annually while helping to create a positive change within our built environment.

The use of solar energy offers huge potential for natural resource and climate protection, and for the expansion of renewable energies on the road to a future-oriented energy supply.

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Renewable students is a rigorous two-year Associate of Applied Science degree and must first complete a first-year curriculum in commercial energy efficiency giving them a solid background that includes residential energy efficiency, environment HVAC systems, lighting, and the usual requirement of physics and math.

In the second year, renewable students diverge from the Energy Management curriculum and take coursework that starts with two courses in electricity fundamentals and one course in energy economics. In the following terms students learn to design, install, and develop a thorough understanding of photovoltaics (PV) and domestic hot water (DHW) systems.

Even though the Renewable Energy program is centered on DHW and PV systems, a focus on energy efficiency makes our graduates competitive to a broader job market. They work for installation contractors, to be sure, but they also have the background to seek employment in other demand-side energy markets.

Key Learning Goals

  • Appropriately size and recommend renewable energy system types for particular situations.
  • Understand and put into practice the installation protocol for Photovoltaic and Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems.
  • Field experience that integrates theory and practice while providing opportunities to develop skills, explore career options, and network with professionals and employers in the field.

Graduates Of The Program Are Able To

  • Evaluate the energy use patterns for residential and commercial buildings.
  • Recommend energy efficiency and alternative energy solutions for high energy consuming buildings.
  • Appropriately size and recommend renewable energy system types for particular situations.
  • Understand and put into practice the installation protocol for Photovoltaic (PV) and Solar Domestic Hot Water (thermal) systems.
  • Determine appropriate site solar systems using contemporary siting technology.
  • Understand local, state, and federal jurisdiction codes related to solar PV and Thermal installation.
  • Become familiar with the tools, technology, and software used in the design and installation of solar PV and Solar thermal systems.

Our Goal is Your Success!

After completing the program, your goal will be employment and we take that very seriously. We continually seek out and participate in local, regional, and national networking opportunities for one simple reason - to promote our students directly to those who have the ability to provide jobs.

By providing you with a quality education built around an industry approved job task analysis we are extremely confident that you will be successful.

Some relevant job titles are:

  • Solar Photovoltaic - Installation, Technician, Installation Manager, Project Coordinator
  • Solar Thermal - Installation, Technician, Installation Manager, Project Coordinator
  • Solar Sales Representatives and Assessors

Sign Up For The Program.
It’s Easy!

Fill out a simplified one page application. A high school diploma (or equivalent) and Math 70 (Basic Algebra) is all that is required for entry.

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 Quick Links:

pdfAdmissions Form03/12/2014

pdfDownload Renewable Energy Brochure12/10/2013

JATC Apprenticeship requirements in Oregon go to Oregon Apprenticeship

Credit Class Schedule
Fall 2015 | Winter 2016 | Spring 2016 | Summer 2015

Institute for Sustainable Practices - The Institute for Sustainable Practices works toward realizing Lane's core value of sustainability. The Institute also works on improving sustainability in Lane's educational and operational practices.


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Highly Accredited

The renewable energy option is accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council to ensure that our graduates achieve the necessary industry approved knowledge and skills to perform successfully on the job.

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Ready to join our 2yr program?


We've outlined a step by step process that will help you through student enrollment. If you're more of a visual thinker, check out the Energy Education Map / Flowchart .

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Looking for a job?

After completing 2 years of technical training, your goal will be employment and we take that very seriously. Check out a list of current postings from around the country.

Find Me A Job!

It's just one of the many support resources we provide students beyond graduation!

Have a question? Give us a Call.

(541) 463-6160

Additional information regarding 2 year degrees can also be found on the Lane Community College's website located at:www.lanecc.edu/sustainability/sustainability-degree-programs


SEIA - Solar Industry Still Growing

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released the 2009 U.S. Solar Industry Year in Review. Overall U.S. solar electric capacity, including both photovoltaic and concentrating solar power installations, increased by 37 percent. This was driven primarily by strong demand in the residential and utility-scale markets, state and federal policy advances and declining technology prices.

View the complete report:
SEIA - Growing Solar in a Down Economy.pdf