Renewable Energy Technology Program

Americans increasingly understand that clean energy is more than just an environmental issue.

Martin Heinrich, U.S. Senator

What is Renewable Energy?

Fossil fuels, i.e. coal, petroleum and natural gas, are increasingly becoming, well, fossils.  Taking millions of years to be created from the fossilized remains of dead plants, their availability is limited and diminishing.  Other energy sources, including sun, wind, water and biomass (organic matter with stored energy) are renewable or sustainable. And these renewable energy sources do not emit the environmental toxins associated with the burning of fossil fuels, making Renewable Energy an increasingly preferred energy source and leading to the need for those knowledgeable of its properties in a wide variety of fields.

Renewable Energy at Macomb

Macomb’s Renewable Energy Program is a 20-hour specialty certificate designed to complement an associate degree program at Macomb, including Automated Systems Technology, Mechatronics, Maintenance Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Building Construction Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Architectural Technology, Business and Environmental Science.  You will explore the various renewable and sustainable energy options that are available, and learn how to evaluate and optimize their unique properties in ways that positively impact the economy, society and the environment.    

Renewable Energy Courses at Macomb

In the Renewable Energy Program at Macomb, you will take introductory Renewable Energy courses and those that apply to your associate degree program from the following list:

  • Introduction to Energy
  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Renewable Energy Concepts
  • Energy Management Fundamentals
  • Green Building – Design & Construction- Commercial
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle Fundamentals
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle Power Management
  • Principles of Wind Energy
  • Wind Energy Lab
  • Principles of Solar Energy
  • Solar Energy Lab
  • Principles of Biomass Technology
  • Biomass Technology Lab
  • Principles of Geothermal Energy
  • Principles of Geothermal Energy
  • Principles of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology
  • Renewable Energy Power Systems
  • Photovoltaic Design & Installation

Career Opportunities with a Certificate in Renewable Energy  

With a Certificate in Renewable Energy, you will be qualified for positions that include solar photovoltaic installer, wind turbine service technician, energy auditors/sustainability specialist, solar energy installation manager and energy broker.

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s Degree

The credits earned in Macomb’s Renewable Energy Program will transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Renewable Energy Program?

For more information, contact the Renewable Energy Technology program advisor: Professor Lisa Richter, 586.445.7191.

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