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Engineering Technology - Clean Energy

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Engineering Technology - Clean Energy - 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.

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Employment Information

$60,694 starting annual wage
$79,144 average annual wage
$92,331 potential annual wage
  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    BTC graduate employment rates:
    The graduate employment rate reflects placement rates of students who graduated from BTC in 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17. The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Data Linking for Outcomes Assessment database pulls from Unemployment Insurance (UI) data across Washington and Oregon. UI data do not reflect BTC graduates who (a) are employed in states beyond those listed above or outside of the United States, (b) are self-employed, (c) are active duty members of the armed forces, (d) continued on to another educational institution, and/or (e) did not provide a social security number while enrolled at BTC.

    Wages:
    Washington State Employment Security Department 2018 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates ( esd.wa.gov) reflect 2014-2017 employment

    Starting annual wage = 25th percentile
    Average annual wage = 50th percentile
    Potential annual wage = 75th percentile

Estimated Program Costs

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

Students may begin working toward this certificate quarterly.

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing 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.edu for assistance with academic planning.

What are My Next Steps?

Classes

Total Program Credits: 13

  • Engineering

  • CENG 101Energy & Society3 CR
  • CENG 201Energy Politics and Policy5 CR
  • CENG 220Energy Generation and Conservation5 CR

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

Employment Outlook

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*
  • Wind Energy Technician
  • Wind Turbine Service Technician

The average annual wage for this field is $79,144, with an earning potential of $92,331 per year.

*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.

Faculty & Support

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