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SOLAR INSTALLER


Award: Certificate / 22 Credits
Location: Albert Lea  
Program Starts: Fall
Course Plan: One Year


Would you like to connect with a career that has constant demand for your skills?

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.

Employment Outlook

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.

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Solar Installer Certificate was last updated on 09/21/2012
Note: This is an unofficial document that should be used for planning purposes only. Course listings are provided only as a guideline and may be changed.

Course Sequence Example Plan - One Year

Fall Semester - First Year
Course # Course Title Credits
ELEC1702
Theory I
This course covers the basic concepts of electricity including direct current. The basic study of atomic structure, current and voltage, power conductors, electromagnetic and insulators, and resistance, applications of test meters, circuit theorems, magnetic, and terminology are also covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (4 Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab)
4.00
ELEC1001
Introduction to Solar Photovoltaic
This course is a general introduction to photovoltaic energy, systems and components and how they work together. Also discussed will be terminology associated with solar energy and the technicians. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Solar Photovoltaic Program. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)
3.00
ELEC1002
Solar Photovoltaic Safety
This course covers workplace safety practices and procedures for the solar industry. Proper techniques for climbing, working overhead safety, and working with mechanical and electrical systems will be covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Solar Photovoltaic Program. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)
1.00
ELEC1003
Site Evaluation and Solar Components
This course will provide an understanding of the process of site evaluation and solar components. Panel construction, operation, and maintenance characteristics will also be covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisites: ELEC 1702, ELEC 1001, and ELEC 1002. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)
3.00
Total 11.00
Spring Semester - First Year
Course # Course Title Credits
ELEC1004
Photovoltaic energy Storage and Power Supplies
This course will provide an understanding of energy storage methods. Also discussed are the two primary types of power conversion systems. Battery, controller, and inverters types and systems will also be covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisites: ELEC 1702, ELEC 1001, and ELEC 1002. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)
3.00
ELEC1005
Photovoltaic Sizing/Calculations and Installation
This course will provide the necessary skills and knowledge to properly size PV systems based on required electrical loads. In addition, this course will provide specific calculations based on electrical loads and other environmental factors (i.e. ambient temperature) of the solar panels. Wiring installation based on NEC codes will also be discussed. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisites: ELEC 1003 and ELEC 1004. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)
3.00
ELEC1006
Photovoltaic Permitting, Commissioning, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance
This course will cover basic photovoltaic technology that is essential to understanding over all layout, installation, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of electrical, electro-mechanical, and electronic equipment and systems. This course also covers permitting, inspection, and building codes and regulations. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisites: ELEC 1003 and ELEC 1004. (4 Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab)
4.00
SMGT1230
Planning & Project Management
This course focuses on tools for managing and controlling projects with definite beginning and ending points. Emphasis is on managing projects with many complex activities and dimensions, and/or many simultaneous activities. Students learn to construct and use several project planning and control tools such as Critical Path Method (CPM), Activity Flow Network, Slack Time calculation and Gantt charts. Student plan a relevant personal work project using these tools. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)
1.00
Total 11.00
Estimated Tuition
22 cr  x  $197.00 = $4,334.00 
Books: contact program advisor 
Other Costs: contact program advisor 

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Program Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will:

Solar Installer Faculty & Advisors

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2200 Riverland Dr.
Albert Lea, MN 56007
507-379-3300
AUSTIN CAMPUS
1900 8th Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912
507-433-0600
OWATONNA COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY CENTER
965 Alexander Drive SW
Owatonna, MN 55060
507-455-5880
Program Notes Applicants to the Solar Installer Certificate - Program should have a solid background in basic mathematics. Applicants should also have good reading comprehension skills in the English language. Applicants must meet minimum levels in math and reading comprehension skills before entering any courses in the program. Each applicant will take the CPT test prior to admission to the program to determine levels of math and reading comprehension skills. Applicants must have acceptable scores in both the math and reading comprehension portions of the CPT test or have completed the required developmental courses satisfactorily BEFORE entering the course. Applicants must have the ability to climb and work in confined spaces. Applicants must have the ability to work in adverse weather conditions. Created 09/16/09, 10/6/09, 10/22/09
Required Core Courses (22 Credits)
Course ## Name
Credits
Course Outline
ELEC1001
Introduction to Solar Photovoltaic
This course is a general introduction to photovoltaic energy, systems and components and how they work together. Also discussed will be terminology associated with solar energy and the technicians. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Solar Photovoltaic Program. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)
3.00 ELEC1001
ELEC1002
Solar Photovoltaic Safety
This course covers workplace safety practices and procedures for the solar industry. Proper techniques for climbing, working overhead safety, and working with mechanical and electrical systems will be covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Solar Photovoltaic Program. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)
1.00 ELEC1002
ELEC1003
Site Evaluation and Solar Components
This course will provide an understanding of the process of site evaluation and solar components. Panel construction, operation, and maintenance characteristics will also be covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisites: ELEC 1702, ELEC 1001, and ELEC 1002. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)
3.00 ELEC1003
ELEC1004
Photovoltaic energy Storage and Power Supplies
This course will provide an understanding of energy storage methods. Also discussed are the two primary types of power conversion systems. Battery, controller, and inverters types and systems will also be covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisites: ELEC 1702, ELEC 1001, and ELEC 1002. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)
3.00 ELEC1004
ELEC1005
Photovoltaic Sizing/Calculations and Installation
This course will provide the necessary skills and knowledge to properly size PV systems based on required electrical loads. In addition, this course will provide specific calculations based on electrical loads and other environmental factors (i.e. ambient temperature) of the solar panels. Wiring installation based on NEC codes will also be discussed. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisites: ELEC 1003 and ELEC 1004. (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)
3.00 ELEC1005
ELEC1006
Photovoltaic Permitting, Commissioning, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance
This course will cover basic photovoltaic technology that is essential to understanding over all layout, installation, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of electrical, electro-mechanical, and electronic equipment and systems. This course also covers permitting, inspection, and building codes and regulations. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). Prerequisites: ELEC 1003 and ELEC 1004. (4 Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab)
4.00 ELEC1006
ELEC1702
Theory I
This course covers the basic concepts of electricity including direct current. The basic study of atomic structure, current and voltage, power conductors, electromagnetic and insulators, and resistance, applications of test meters, circuit theorems, magnetic, and terminology are also covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (4 Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab)
4.00 ELEC1702
SMGT1230
Planning & Project Management
This course focuses on tools for managing and controlling projects with definite beginning and ending points. Emphasis is on managing projects with many complex activities and dimensions, and/or many simultaneous activities. Students learn to construct and use several project planning and control tools such as Critical Path Method (CPM), Activity Flow Network, Slack Time calculation and Gantt charts. Student plan a relevant personal work project using these tools. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Solar Photovoltaic (NABCEP). (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)
1.00 SMGT1230

Solar Installer (CERT) Program Curriculum was last updated on 09/21/2012

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