In our Electrical Technology with Renewable Energy Systems 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.
The Electrical Technology program with an emphasis on Renewable Energy Systems 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 Systems. 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).