Summary

Master clean energy fundamentals while gaining knowledge of sustainable business practices and entrepreneurship. Learn through practical design projects and hands-on training activities. Study solar electric systems, building science, energy efficiency best practices and more.

Completion Award
Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences
Length of Study
90 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Location
On Campus

  1. Apply a knowledge of mathematics, building science and electricity to practical problems in the clean energy field
  2. Read, visualize and interpret building plans and models including architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical components that affect building energy requirements
  3. Utilize building energy calculations and economic tools to inform decision making and design for clean energy technologies
  4. Complete an energy analysis of a building including benchmarking, envelope, heating, cooling, ventilating, lighting, service water, plug loads and renewable energy systems
  5. Identify, describe and analyze common solar PV, solar thermal, cooling, heating, lighting and service water processes for commonly applied technologies
  6. Layout, size, model and specify system components to meet design requirements for clean energy technologies
  7. Utilize virtual design and modeling techniques to model, design and create construction documents for clean energy technology systems
  8. Understand the applied code, safety, associated equipment and performance parameters and attributes required for the design, installation and maintenance of clean energy technologies
  9. Apply sustainable business practices to clean energy technology business models
  10. Utilize standard accounting practices, project management skills, a knowledge of business law and other business practices to support clean energy technology businesses

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Graduates can work in a wide variety of entry level positions such as: renewable energy or high performing systems designers, building energy analysts, energy management specialists, commissioning specialists, facilities operations, technical sales, and project managers. Entry level wages range from $14 to $25 an hour.

Potential employers include: A variety of regional and national firms including solar installation firms, consulting engineering firms, architects, contractors, building owners, utilities, and manufacturers.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
2020-2021
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $152.13 $243.46 $330.00 $166.72
5 credits $631.60 $1,090.10 $1,522.80 $706.40
12 credits (full-time) $1,359.08 $2,283.78 $3,156.04 $1,510.28
15 credits $1,524.20 $2,460.45 $3,343.00 $1,677.80

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Term
Definition
Additional Program Fees
Approximately $50 - $150 per quarter, depending on courses selected

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