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Engineering Technology: Clean Energy Specialization

Engineering Tech: Clean Energy - AAS-T

According to the US Energy Information Administration, global energy consumption has significantly increased and is expected to continue rising through 2035 (Energy Outlook, 2012). The energy industry is working to increase energy efficiency and looking toward innovative technologies to meet the growing demand. Prominent energy companies like BP and Phillips 66 are starting new departments focused on alternative energy and investing in technology development and production.

New energy technology career categories are emerging at an unprecedented pace, and skill sets associated with energy technology cut across both traditional and emerging industries. The number of green jobs in Washington rose 32% in the last few years, and these trends are expected to continue as the demand for energy increases and resources decrease. In Whatcom County alone, there are over 3,600 green jobs (Source: WA Employment Security Department, 2010). Many emerging green energy jobs will be technical jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree.

Bellingham Technical College's two-year Clean Energy Engineering Technology degree prepares graduates to enter into the renewable energy industry for wide variety of job titles including, but not limited to, the following:

Engineering Technician* Electronics Technician Electronics Engineering Technician* Solar Installer Wind Energy Technician Wind Turbine Service Technician

Entry level wages range from $19 to $36 per hour with annual median wages averaging between $39,431 and $58,486 per year (Source: WA Employment Security Department, 2016).

*Indicates careers that are currently considered “in demand” by the Washington State Employment Security Department.

Graduates of this program can also choose to transfer into the Western Washington University Institute for Energy Studies program.

Employment Information

$63,024 starting annual wage

$75,320 average annual wage

$89,710 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

New energy technology career categories are emerging at an unprecedented pace, and skill sets associated with energy technology cut across both traditional and emerging industries. The number of green jobs in Washington rose 32% in the last few years, and these trends are expected to continue as the demand for energy increases and resources decrease. In Whatcom County alone, there are over 3,600 green jobs (Source: WA Employment Security Department, 2010). Many emerging green energy jobs will be technical jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree.

This two-year degree prepares graduates to enter into the industry for wide variety of job titles including, but not limited to, the following:

• Engineering Technician*

• Electronics Technician

• Electronics Engineering Technician*

• Solar Installer

• Wind Energy Technician

• Wind Turbine Service Technician

Entry level wages range from $19 to $36 per hour with average annual wages averaging between $39,431 and $79,359 per year (Source: WA Employment Security Department, 2016).

*Indicates careers that are currently considered “in demand” by the Washington State Employment Security Department. Graduates of this program can also choose to transfer into the Western Washington University Institute for Energy Studies program.

Graduates of this program can also choose to transfer into the Western Washington University Institute for Energy Studies program.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS95 credits

  • Academic Core
  • MATH& 151Calculus I5 credits

    Study of functions, limits, continuity,limits at infinity, differentiation of algebraic,exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their inverses.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 142 with a C grade.
  • PHYS& 114General Physics I w/lab5 credits

    An algebra-based introduction to classical mechanics and problem-solving in physics, designed for students majoring in technically oriented fields that do not require a calculus-oriented approach. Topics include kinematical description of motion, forces and Netwon's Law, gravity, momentum and energy. Emphasis will be placed on problem solving, mathematical reasoning, computer-aided laboratory investigations, and the scientific method.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 142 with a C or better.
  • OR

  • PHYS& 221Engineering Physics I w/Lab5 credits

    PHYS& 221 is the first in a three-course calculus-based survey of physics for engineering pathways. The course introduces the fundamental principles of mechanics: kinematics, momentum and energy conservation laws, physical interactions, force, work, rotation, torque and gravity. Conceptual development and problem solving have equal emphasis. Laboratory work includes experimental methods, data analysis, and prepares students for coursework in engineering.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C or better, Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MATH& 151 with a C or better.
  • CHEM& 161General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 credits

    An introductory chemistry course for students in programs requiring one or two quarters of general chemistry. Course covers basic principles of modern chemistry, the structure of atoms and molecules, ions, chemical bonding and molecular geometry, the periodic table, chemical formulas and equations, and stoichiometry of reactions and solutions. Lab work included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer College Level Math score of 75 or co-enrolled/completed MATH& 141 with a "C" or better. Also, recommend completion of CHEM& 121 or one year of high school chemistry.
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • ECON& 201Micro Economics5 credits

    Introduction to microeconomics. Presents supply and demand models, consumers and producers choice in the competitive and non-competitive market. Examines the various economic decisions made by firms relating to price, demand, factors or production, and cost.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer College Level Math score of 75 or MATH 099 or AMATH 111 with a C or better.

  • TOTAL Academic Core Course Credits
    25 credits

  • Engineering Core
  • ENGR 100Engineering Orientation2 credits

    This course explores engineering and technology through class discussion, hands-on activities, and presentations by guest speakers. Topics include engineering disciplines, degree and transfer options, career opportunities, academic success strategies, and planning your program of study.

    Prerequisite:
  • ENGR& 104Introduction to Engineering & Design5 credits

    Course explores the role of teamwork, creativity, and communication in innovative engineering design. Topics include engineering design process, collaborative problem solving techniques, and computer applications. Students will develop their knowledge and skills in these areas through a series of hands-on design projects.

    Prerequisite:
    (Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or Math 098 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a "C" or better).
  • ENGR 115Graphics5 credits

    This course is an introduction to the use of graphical techniques and standard practices used to communicate engineering design information. Students will learn graphics techniques, visualization skills, standards for object views and drawing sizes, orthographic projection, section views, proper dimensioning techniques, and tolerances. Freehand sketching is used to develop visualization skills and as an instrument for design conceptualization and communication.

    Prerequisite:
    (Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade or better in MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a "C" or better) and (Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a "C" or

  • TOTAL Engineering Core Course Credits
    12 credits

  • Technology Course Work
  • CENG 101Energy & Society3 credits

    Modern society is completely dependent on vast amounts of cheap energy, but the costs are high. Will we have enough usable energy for a planet of nine billion people? How do our choices in energy production impact the global and local environment? We will address these and other questions surrounding human energy use and work to understand the science, technology, and policy of energy use in the 21st century.

    Prerequisite:
  • CENG 201Energy Politics and Policy5 credits

    This course will allow students to understand the history of energy policy within the US; gain an understanding of the major actors in energy policy; and explore the implications for energy policy from local to global levels. A specific focus will be placed on energy issues as they pertain to the Pacific Northwest.

    Prerequisite:
    CENG 101 with a "C" or better.
  • CENG 220Energy Generation and Conservation5 credits

    This course introduces the engineering and technical aspects of renewable energy systems. It emphasizes basic generation and conservation technologies of renewable energy generation systems. Topics include heat transfer, power, thermodynamics, energy storage, energy conversion.

    Prerequisite:
    CENG 101 with a "C" or better.
  • ENET 100Direct Current5 credits

    An introduction to the fundamental properties and applications of electricity. This course covers the basic principles of DC electronics such as; voltage, current and resistance, Ohm’s law, Joule’s law, Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws, passive devices included resistors, capacitors, and inductors, circuit applications included maximum power transfer, superposition, Thevenin and Norton theorems. An introduction to magnetism which covers; magnetic fields, flux, density, permeability, retentivity, reluctance, and hysteresis. Students also learn how solder and understand the lab safety protocol.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or co-enrollment in MATH& 141
  • ENET 120Alternating Current5 credits

    An introduction and examination of the principles and applications of alternating current. Topics include period, frequency, phase angle, reactance, impedance, resonance, peak and rms values, resistive, apparent, reactance power, and power factor. Students continue their exploration of AC with transformers and filter circuits (low-pass, high-pass, band-stop and band-pass). Practical labs and project help the students understand circuit constructions and troubleshooting techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    ENET 100 with "C" or better.
  • ENET 130Semi-Conductors5 credits

    This course introduces semiconductor discrete components such as; diodes, bipolar transistors, FETS, MOSFET, SCR, diacs, triacs, and UJT. Circuit applications include; switching, amplifiers, oscillators, and power supply circuits. Practical labs and project help the students understand circuit constructions and troubleshooting techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    ENET 120 with a "C" or better.
  • ENET 140Operational Amplifier5 credits

    This course introduces the basic concepts of an operational amplifiers. Topics include different configurations such as; comparator, differential amplifier, open and close loop feedback, CMR and CMRR, inverting and non-inverting, voltage/current converter, summer circuit, instrumentation amplifier, precision rectifier, and active filters. Practical labs and project help the students understand circuit constructions and troubleshooting techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    ENET 130 with a "C" or better.
  • ENET 150Digital5 credits

    This course introduces basic concepts of logic operations, circuit and functions. Topics include; number systems, digital codes and parity, logic gates, Boolean algebra, Karnaugh map, function of combinational logic, flip-flop, counters, adders, and memory devices. Practical labs and project help the students understand digital circuits and troubleshooting techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    ENET 140 with a "C" or better.
  • ENET 264Emerging Technology5 credits

    This course is designed to keep students current with technology. Currently this course is an introduction to solar technology, nano-technology, and fuel cell (PEM) technologies. Students will learn the characteristics and the efficiency of the solar and PME fuel cell. Emphasis on clean energies and application. This course will change as new emerging technologies move to the forefront. Practical labs and project help the students to put theories into action and learn troubleshooting techniques.

    Prerequisite:
    (ENET 150 and MATH& 142 with a "C" or better) or instructor permission.

  • TOTAL Clean Energy Core Course Credits
    43 credits

  • Engineering Electives
  • Any ENGR, ENGT, or ENET class 100-level or above

  • ACCT& 201Principles of Accounting I5 credits

    This course is the first of a series of three accounting courses in the Business DTA sequence. It provides an introduction to financial accounting as an essential part of business decision-making. It includes the vocabulary and fundamental concepts of accounting as well as analysis of common business activities and interpretation primary financial statements.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Score: 75 in Algebra or a grade of C or higher in Math 098; or instructor permission.
  • ACCT& 202Principles of Accounting II5 credits

    This is the second of a series of three accounting courses in the Business DTA sequence and is a continuation of ACCT& 201. The emphasis of this class is on fixed assets, intangibles, investments and financing, stockholder’s equity, cash flow analysis and financial statement analysis.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT&201 with a C or higher; or instructor permission.
  • BIOL& 160General Biology with Lab5 credits

    This course provides introduction to basic concepts of biology, with an emphasis on the cells as the fundamental unit of life. Topics include cell structure, basic chemical and biochemical concepts, metabolism, cell division, principles of genetics, biological diversity, and methods of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Course establishes foundation necessary for continued biology study, especially in human anatomy and physiology. Lab included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.
  • POLS& 202American Government5 credits

    Focus is given to the system, process, and organizational functions of the American government. It also puts primary attention on the relationships between citizens and their national government by exploring the key theoretical precepts that shaped the Constitution and its federal structural arrangements. Close attention is paid to the policy making process and its key actors, as well as various public policies.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 50 or a C grade in ABE 054 or ABE 055, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 50 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • ENGL& 235Technical Writing5 credits

    This course is designed to help students report technical information clearly, completely, and persuasively. Technical writing shares many of the same concerns of other kinds of writing, such as attention to Purpose, Readability, and most significantly, Audience. This course is designed to provide instruction and practice in creating practical and effective documents for students in medical, scientific, technical, and other professional fields.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C grade.
  • CS& 131Computer Science I C++5 credits

    This course equips students with fundamental programming skills such as effective use of data types, variables, assignment statements, control structures, modular design using procedures, pointers and array data structures in the construction of C++ programs. This course also introduces students to Object Oriented Programming concepts and prepares students for the C++ Institute Certified Associate Programmer exam.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH 099 or IT 121 with a C or better or Instructor Permission.
  • PTEC 195Biodiesel Fundamentals3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for producing biodiesel. These will include the operations of feedstock preparation, reaction, mixing, separating, and washing. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations. Quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also prepare biodiesel in the laboratory and in a pilot plant. A project related to biodiesel production will also be required. This course may be either live, a hybrid, or on-line with access to the laboratory and pilot plant.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CAP 101
  • PTEC 196Green Energy3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for producing green energy. These will include the production of renewable energy by wind, solar, hydroelectric, wave, and biofuels. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations; quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also do a project related to green energy. This course may be either live, a hybrid or on-line.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101

  • TOTAL Engineering Electives Course Credits
    15 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS95 credits

Program Entry Information

Students may begin working toward this degree quarterly.

Entry Requirements

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Sentence Skills is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360-752-8345 or at admissions@btc.ctc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

Program Outcomes

  • Describe and evaluate the impact of renewable energy within the context of sustainability, economics, policy, and society.
  • Describe and apply a working knowledge of energy resources and their technological systems.
  • Service/repair renewable energy systems and assist engineers with the design of renewable systems by applying basic knowledge of electrical, electronics, heat/power, and basic engineering concepts.
  • Apply basic principles of math, science, and design theory to solve engineering problems.
  • Utilize equipment, instruments, software and technical reference materials currently used in industry.
  • Function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  • Engage in, and recognize the need for, self-directed continuing professional development.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking as well as technical and information literacy skills.
  • Communicate effectively using writing, speaking, and graphics skills.
  • Qualify for employment in the renewable energy field as an engineering technician or related job title.
  • Apply ethical and professional practice within the field of renewable energy and engineering technology.

Samuel Cheung - Instructor image

Samuel Cheung

Area of Instruction


Electronics

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Education, Western Washington University

M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Vermont

B.S., Electrical Engineering, California State University

Certificate, E.I.T., State of California

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8455
scheung@btc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 137

 

Background


Profile

Sam started his career as an electronics technician at Hughes Aircraft Company working in microwave communication systems. After receiving his B....

    • Sam started his career as an electronics technician at Hughes Aircraft Company working in microwave communication systems. After receiving his B.S.E.E., he worked at Rockwell International in the field of satellite communication. In 1977, Sam joined IBM and worked as a manufacturing engineer, development engineer, and engineering manager. His work experiences are in the areas of thin-film, laser and optical measurements, PC development, and server system performance. At IBM Sam received numerous achievement awards including: the First Patent Application Invention, the First Plateau Invention, and Authors’ Recognition. Sam also received a US patent and has one pending patent for his work at IBM.

      Prior to joining Bellingham Technical College as a faculty member in 2005, he was a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics department at Durham Technical Community College in North Carolina. He previously served as adjunct mathematics faculty at Palm Beach Community College in Florida, and Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina.

Specialties
NSF Grant Consultant: Dissemination of Microprocessor Course through classroom and Interactive Cyber-Enabled Technologies (current)

    • NSF Grant Consultant: Dissemination of Microprocessor Course through classroom and Interactive Cyber-Enabled Technologies (current)
    • Faculty Advisory Board Member: National Science Foundation Network National Resource Center (Current)
    • IBM Faculty Loan Program to the University of Washington to assist the Minority Engineering Program (1989 – 1990)
    • Areas of expertise: Electronics Hardware: discrete analog and digital components, embedded micro-controller systems, PC architecture and system design, PLC, Optics and electronics communication; Renewable Energy: Solar, and Fuel cells.; Programming languages: Basic/Visual Basic, C/C++ and assembler


Clean Energy Technology Certificate

According to the US Energy Information Administration, global energy consumption has significantly increased and is expected to continue rising through 2035 (Energy Outlook, 2012). The energy industry is working to increase energy efficiency and looking toward innovative technologies to meet the growing demand. Prominent energy companies like BP and Phillips 66 are starting new departments focused on alternative energy and investing in technology development and production.

New energy technology career categories are emerging at an unprecedented pace, and skill sets associated with energy technology cut across both traditional and emerging industries. The number of green jobs in Washington rose 32% in the last few years, and these trends are expected to continue as the demand for energy increases and resources decrease. In Whatcom County alone, there are over 3,600 green jobs (Source: WA Employment Security Department, 2010). Many emerging green energy jobs will be technical jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree.

Employment Information

$63,024 starting annual wage

$75,320 average annual wage

$89,710 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

New energy technology career categories are emerging at an unprecedented pace, and skill sets associated with energy technology cut across both traditional and emerging industries. The number of green jobs in Washington rose 32% in the last few years, and these trends are expected to continue as the demand for energy increases and resources decrease. In Whatcom County alone, there are over 3,600 green jobs (Source: WA Employment Security Department, 2010). Many emerging green energy jobs will be technical jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree.

Graduates of this program can also choose to transfer into the Western Washington University Institute for Energy Studies program.

This two-year degree prepares graduates to enter into the industry for wide variety of job titles including, but not limited to, the following:

• Engineering Technician*

• Electronics Technician

• Electronics Engineering Technician*

• Solar Installer

• Wind Energy Technician

• Wind Turbine Service Technician

Entry level wages range from $19 to $36 per hour with average annual wages averaging between $39,431 and $79,359 per year (Source: WA Employment Security Department, 2016).

*Indicates careers that are currently considered “in demand” by the Washington State Employment Security Department. Graduates of this program can also choose to transfer into the Western Washington University Institute for Energy Studies program.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS13 credits

  • Engineering
  • CENG 101Energy & Society3 credits

    Modern society is completely dependent on vast amounts of cheap energy, but the costs are high. Will we have enough usable energy for a planet of nine billion people? How do our choices in energy production impact the global and local environment? We will address these and other questions surrounding human energy use and work to understand the science, technology, and policy of energy use in the 21st century.

    Prerequisite:
  • CENG 201Energy Politics and Policy5 credits

    This course will allow students to understand the history of energy policy within the US; gain an understanding of the major actors in energy policy; and explore the implications for energy policy from local to global levels. A specific focus will be placed on energy issues as they pertain to the Pacific Northwest.

    Prerequisite:
    CENG 101 with a "C" or better.
  • CENG 220Energy Generation and Conservation5 credits

    This course introduces the engineering and technical aspects of renewable energy systems. It emphasizes basic generation and conservation technologies of renewable energy generation systems. Topics include heat transfer, power, thermodynamics, energy storage, energy conversion.

    Prerequisite:
    CENG 101 with a "C" or better.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS13 credits

Program Entry Information

Students may begin working toward this certificate quarterly.

Entry Requirements

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Sentence Skills is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360-752-8345 or at admissions@btc.ctc.edu for assistance with academic planning.

Program Outcomes

  • Describe and evaluate the impact of renewable energy within the context of sustainability, economics, policy, and society
  • Describe and apply a working knowledge of energy resources and their technological systems
  • Demonstrate critical thinking as well as technical and information literacy skills
  • Communicate effectively using writing, speaking, and graphics skills
  • Apply ethical and professional practice within the field of renewable energy and engineering technology

Samuel Cheung - Instructor image

Samuel Cheung

Area of Instruction


Electronics

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Education, Western Washington University

M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Vermont

B.S., Electrical Engineering, California State University

Certificate, E.I.T., State of California

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8455
scheung@btc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 137

 

Background


Profile

Sam started his career as an electronics technician at Hughes Aircraft Company working in microwave communication systems. After receiving his B....

    • Sam started his career as an electronics technician at Hughes Aircraft Company working in microwave communication systems. After receiving his B.S.E.E., he worked at Rockwell International in the field of satellite communication. In 1977, Sam joined IBM and worked as a manufacturing engineer, development engineer, and engineering manager. His work experiences are in the areas of thin-film, laser and optical measurements, PC development, and server system performance. At IBM Sam received numerous achievement awards including: the First Patent Application Invention, the First Plateau Invention, and Authors’ Recognition. Sam also received a US patent and has one pending patent for his work at IBM.

      Prior to joining Bellingham Technical College as a faculty member in 2005, he was a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics department at Durham Technical Community College in North Carolina. He previously served as adjunct mathematics faculty at Palm Beach Community College in Florida, and Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina.

Specialties
NSF Grant Consultant: Dissemination of Microprocessor Course through classroom and Interactive Cyber-Enabled Technologies (current)

    • NSF Grant Consultant: Dissemination of Microprocessor Course through classroom and Interactive Cyber-Enabled Technologies (current)
    • Faculty Advisory Board Member: National Science Foundation Network National Resource Center (Current)
    • IBM Faculty Loan Program to the University of Washington to assist the Minority Engineering Program (1989 – 1990)
    • Areas of expertise: Electronics Hardware: discrete analog and digital components, embedded micro-controller systems, PC architecture and system design, PLC, Optics and electronics communication; Renewable Energy: Solar, and Fuel cells.; Programming languages: Basic/Visual Basic, C/C++ and assembler