Career and Profession
What can I do with a degree in Clean Energy Technology?
What can I do with a degree in Clean Energy Technology and Entrepreneurship? 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.
Potential employers include: A variety of regional and national firms including solar integration firms, consulting engineering firms, contractors, architects, building owners, utilities, and manufacturers throughout the ecosystem of Clean Energy Technologies.
Upon completion of appropriate courses within the program, students have obtained the knowledge, skills, and abilities to sit for the following professional, entry-level, certification examinations:
- North American Board of Certified Energy Practioners Associate Program (NABCEP)
- Building Science Principles Certificate of Knowledge through the Building Performance Institute (BPI)
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design GA (LEED GA) Exam through the United States Green Building Council
The program prepares students, uses materials covered, and is directly relevant, to numerous certifications that are administered by professional organizations such as NABCEP , American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Association for Energy Engineers (AEE). However, the majority of these other certifications require a “time-in-service” requirement to sit these exams and eligibility must be investigated on a case by case basis.
Note that this program does not directly provide training to be a licensed electrician or installer. However, CET graduates have obtained their electrical trainee license and/or begun training with local installing contractors as electrician apprentices.
ASHRAE Student Chapter
Shoreline Community College has an active student chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). In addition to student oriented activities related to high performing buildings, students who become active are linked to industry professionals involved in the sector - in particular to building energy. Three CET students were recipients of Puget Sound ASHRAE’s Harold Clayton Sutch Scholarship in 2016. Each student was awarded $2000 for their academic and leadership efforts in the program.
Clean Tech Alliance
Shoreline Community College students are active in attending the Seattle are Clean Tech Alliance activities. Clean Tech Alliance supports a variety of Clean Energy initiatives in Washington State.
Solar Washington is the Washington state solar industries’ advocacy group. Solar Washington organizes community educational events, advocacy and solar leadership. Shoreline Community College students are active in Solar Washington events. The College hosts numerous Solar Washington events throughout the year.
The CET advisory board currently consists of almost forty active professionals from across the industry sector. This includes representatives from the solar industry, consulting engineers, facilities managers, energy services, public utilities, education, government, and the trades.
This diverse group is involved in many of the good work around Clean Energy Technology in the region, and is very active in supporting the CET program
The CET program maintains an articulation agreement with South Seattle College's Sustainable Building Science Technology Bachelors of Applied Science degree. All coursework from CET will transfer to this program.
The CET program will work with individual students regarding transfer to other institutions.
Aside from the articulation with South Seattle, the CET program will work with individual students regarding transfer to other institutions. Note that not all courses are eligible for transfer to other institutions and must be evaluated on a case by case basis.