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Renewable Energy Electrician College Degree

Electrical Technology with Renewable Energy Associate Degree Program

Program Overview

In our Electrical Technology with Renewable Energy program, you will develop the manual skills to wire and install electrical systems, plus the practical knowledge to support, explain, and troubleshoot a wide variety of electrical projects. An additional study term in renewable energy covers topics to prepare you to become a "green" electrician or technician, able to pursue careers in fields such as solar energy and wind generation.


Career Possibilities

  • Solar Photovoltaic Installers
  • Master Electrician
  • Electrician
  • Electrician Apprentice
  • Field Service Technician

Associate in Science Degree

The Electrical Technology program with an emphasis on Renewable Energy trains students for entry-level careers in the electrical industry. Some of the diverse careers open to graduates are construction electrician, maintenance electrician, photovoltaic installation technician, power system technician, electrical relay technician, electrical research technician, electrical distribution sales, electro-mechanical technician, electrical technical support, and entry level controls engineer are some of the diverse careers open to graduates.

The curriculum integrates electrical theory and practical application to give students not only the manual skills to wire and install electrical systems and apparatus but also the mathematical and practical knowledge to support, explain and troubleshoot each application. Computer programs are integrated into the coursework to allow for practice of circuit calculations, to create working models that simulate real circuit conditions and to support classroom lectures and demonstrations. Of current interest, topics explored include renewable energy sources and energy conservation practices. Of equal importance is the thorough study of the safety rules, protocols, and procedures laid out in the National, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Electrical Codes as well as the OSHA standards for the construction and general industries. All current codes and standards as mandated by individual state legislature are followed. Through continuous connections being shown between the electrical codes and class/lab work, students become proficient and more willing to research electrical industry standards to support their work.

Laboratory projects, ranging from elementary breadboard experiments to advanced PLC ladder logic control circuits, provide hands-on experience to develop wiring techniques and to simulate actual job conditions in residential, commercial and industrial environments.

Upon completion of the Associate in Science Degree in Electrical Technology, the graduate is qualified to seek employment in entry-level careers in the electrical industry and are qualified to work as an apprentice electrician or technician. Associate degree graduates can also continue in the NEIT Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology, Construction Management, or Business Management programs.

For those interested in careers in the sustainable renewable energy fields such as solar photovoltaic arrays, wind generation (turbine), tidal generation and fuel cell technologies, an additional term specifically addresses these careers as well as the unique techniques and standards students must learn to become competent as “green” electricians or technicians.  Upon successful completion, ELY students may earn an additional Associate in Science degree in Electrical Technology with a concentration in Renewable Energy. Additionally, as the “Green Term” is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), students, upon passage of the program, would be eligible to sit for the NABCEP Associate certification.

The “Green Term” is available not only for current Electrical Technology students, but also for Electrical Technology graduates as well as for non-NEIT students provided certain requirements are met (i.e., electrical licensing, electrical contractor, and electrical engineer).

“We look for employees with relevant work experience in their field of study that have passion, drive, and the desire to excel in what they do. We look to New England Tech grads because they have those traits.

New England Tech grads come pretty well prepared because of the practical, hands-on experience. They learn the fundamentals which put them a step ahead, especially in our apprenticeship program.”
Maja Zino, Human Resource Generalist
Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Holliston, MA

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Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Associate in Science Degree

Program Mission:

The mission of the Electrical Technology Program (ELY) is to provide a specialized associate degree program to prepare students for entry-level technical careers in diverse electrical, electro-mechanical, technical support, and electrical controls fields. ELY students will develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and appropriate use of construction tools through practical experience in the wiring and troubleshooting of a wide variety of electrical projects. Students will study and learn a background of electrical science, mastery of fundamental mathematical principles, and the knowledge of safety rules and procedures laid out in the National Electrical Code, enabling them to perform the duties of an apprentice electrician or entry-level technician. Graduates will attain a basic foundation of knowledge and skills that an employer can build upon with continuing education.

Program Goals:

1. The ELY program will provide appropriate learning opportunities for students to acquire the theoretical knowledge, applicable skills and attitude necessary to function as an entry-level electrical technician or electrical apprentice.

2. ELY students who are entering a State-run electrical apprenticeship program:

• Will acquire the necessary skills for transfer into a State program and

• May meet, contingent on applicable law and regulation, some of the requirements (which vary from state to state) necessary to qualify for state electrical journey electrician licensing exams. Continuing education is a component of most electrical apprentice programs.

3. The ELY program will instill in the student a sense of commitment to the electrical industry’s core values and ethics.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Identify, define, and analyze fundamental principles of electrical circuitry and processes.
  2. Identify, define, and analyze electrical industry materials, tools and equipment
  3. Research, interpret, and apply electrical industry standards for installation criteria and safety considerations.
  4. Function independently and/or interdependently as a team member to accomplish the following: install, maintain and troubleshoot residential, commercial, and industrial projects.
  5. Demonstrate effective oral and written communications using correct technical terminology with supervisors, co-workers, clients, and suppliers.
  6. Perform tasks and duties in a “safe and workmanlike manner” with regards to legal obligations applicable to the electrical industry.
  7. Demonstrate attitudes, values, and behaviors congruent with electrical industry standards and ethics.
  8. Identify, define, and analyze fundamental principles of renewable energy systems, such as photovoltaic and wind generating systems.
  9. Apply renewable energy system concepts to prepare for the NABCEP entry-level certification exam.

Associate in Science Degree

  • ELY 112 Electrical Foundations I & Lab
  • ELY 116 Introduction to Residential Wiring/NEC I
  • ELY 117 Basic Wiring Techniques
  • ELY 122 Electrical Foundations II & Lab
  • ELY 126 Residential Wiring/NEC II
  • ELY 127 Residential Wiring Lab II
  • ELY 132 Transformers & Lab
  • ELY 135 OSHA Construction Safety & Health
  • ELY 138 Advanced Wiring/NEC III
  • ELY 139 Advanced Wiring III Lab
  • ELY 212 Motor Theory
  • ELY 213 Motor Controls Lab
  • ELY 217 AutoCAD Electrical
  • ELY 222 Industrial Controls
  • ELY 225 Industrial Controls Lab
  • ELY 244 Electronic Motor Drive Systems
  • ELY 245 Advanced Industrial Controls Lab
  • ABT 124 Construction Methods & Materials
  • ENG 210 Introduction to Programmable Automation Controllers & Lab
  • Choose one:
  • ELY 249 Legacy PLC & Troubleshooting
  • ABT 137 Introduction to Environmental Systems
  • ABT 223 Structures I 
  • ERD 212 Microprocessor Control Systems
  • EN 100 Introduction to College Writing
  • EN 200 Workplace Communications
  • MA 110 Introduction to College Math
  • MA 125 Technical Math I
  • MA 210 Technical Math II
  • PHY 200 Physics I & Lab
  • Choose one: PS 201 Human Relations in the Workplace or BU 236 Small Business and the Law
  • Renewable Energy Systems:
  • ELY 283 Photovoltaic Systems & Lab
  • ELY 290 Wind Turbine Technology & Other Renewable Energy Sources
  • SCI 110  Environmental Science