Certificate, 22 Credits
Solar Energy is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. The sharp rise in energy consumption along with the concern about dependency on foreign oil, the high price of gasoline and the increasing interest in sustainable resources have fueled the renewable energy industry, of which solar generation is a growing entity. As the solar energy industry continues to grow the need for employees to install and service the solar equipment will increase.
The growth of the solar industry in the United States and in the Midwest has created a demand for solar installers. With current government programs and stimulus funding for alternative energy management, the Solar Installer Certificate program will offer students a new career path within the Riverland Construction Electrician Programs. This new option will give students a choice of training to be an entry-level Construction Electrician with a specialty in solar installation, site evaluation, and repair. The Solar Installer Certificate is an extension of our current electrical program. This program will benefit our current electrical students and also provide more training and a specialty for under employed electricians. It will also make our current electrical students more marketable.
Solar Installers play a key role in ensuring quality, safety and service, involving the operation and maintenance of solar units, performing mechanical and electrical troubleshooting, as well as repair and preventative maintenance. Solar Installers install and maintain, repair and replace malfunctioning parts and equipment. A solid background in technical math, computer literacy, problem solving, decision making and troubleshooting abilities, ability to work as a part of a team as well as independently, and good reading comprehension are important skills for applicants to this program.
You can look forward to an exceptional learning experience that combines classroom, lab settings, and required general education classes.
Riverland Solar Installer graduates will be ready to enter the workforce as entry-level technicians. This trade offers unlimited opportunities in many areas of the country and there are excellent opportunities for advancement. This outstanding Riverland program opens the door to your future in the solar energy industry, especially in the SE, SW and South Central Minnesota regions. Ask your Program Advisor what this can mean for you.
The IREC Credentialing Program accredits clean energy training providers and certifies instructors and master trainers.
The solar certificate program is IREC accreditated.
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