Solar Energy Technician

NABCEP

  • Hands-on Technical Training:
    Master the technical aspects of solar energy with hands-on training, from solar panel installation to system maintenance, tailored for both residential and commercial needs.
  • Advanced Solar Technologies:
    Stay updated with the latest trends and advancements in the renewable energy sector, including grid-tied and off-grid solar systems, photovoltaic systems, and more.
  • Business Skills for Success:
    Gain indispensable business skills required for running a successful solar energy specialist business, from understanding energy policies and regulations to customer relationship management and marketing strategies.

$4,000

Scholarship Available

Boost your career prospects with a Solar Energy Technician Certification

Navigating a Bright Future

Our Solar Energy Technician course paves the way for those passionate about renewable energy and sustainable solutions. Delve into the world of solar technology with our comprehensive program, designed to cover everything from the basic principles of solar energy systems to their design, installation, and maintenance. This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to play an essential role in the ever-growing solar power industry.

Contemporary and Relevant Training

Our curriculum is updated frequently to reflect the latest developments in solar technology and industry best practices. We ensure our training keeps pace with the rapidly evolving energy sector, giving our students a competitive edge in the job market.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Spearhead your training with an immersive learning experience in our state-of-the-art facilities. Take on real-world challenges under the mentorship of experienced professionals, sharpening your practical skills in installation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of solar energy systems.

Do I need any prior experience in physics or engineering to join this program?

Do I need any prior experience in physics or engineering to join this program?

No, our course is meticulously developed to nurture both beginners and those with some rudimentary knowledge in the field of solar energy. However, basic understanding of mathematics can be beneficial

You will earn a comprehensive certification in solar energy, which will enhance your credentials and make you ready for opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

Does the program provide practical on-site experience?

Absolutely, we do provide various financial aid options and scholarships for eligible students. Specific details vary and prospective students are encouraged to contact our admission office for more information.

Admissions

The Solar Energy Technician Program is geared towards preparing students with the skills required to become competent professionals in the booming field of solar energy. This program will provide extensive knowledge on the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of various types of solar energy systems. Moreover, students will gain essential skills to apply solar technologies in a variety of settings including residential and commercial.

In addition to theoretical knowledge, the program places a heavy emphasis on practical aspects. Students have opportunities to work on real-world projects, getting hands-on experience that prepares them for future roles in the industry. With a progressive curriculum that follows the industry's latest trends and innovations, the program truly prepares graduates to be leaders in the field.

Upcoming Deadlines

Upcoming Deadline for Spring

For those looking to start the solar energy technician program in the spring, please note that applications must be submitted by January 31st of the current year.

Upcoming Deadline for Fall

For those looking to start the solar energy technician program in the spring, please note that applications must be submitted by January 31st of the current year.

Why should you apply by the priority deadline?

Why is it important to meet the priority deadline?

Meeting the priority deadline is crucial as it increases your chances of admission. Given the rising demand for solar energy professionals, our program tends to fill up quickly. Applying early can also give you an upper hand when applying for financial aid and scholarships.

Our Solar Energy Technician program offers numerous benefits including in-depth knowledge of solar energy system design, installation, and maintenance techniques. Courses are updated annually to incorporate innovations in solar technology. Also, our program offers the advantage of networking with leading professionals in the field.

Due to current safety measures, we are requesting all applications to be submitted online. However, if you're facing any difficulties, do not hesitate to contact our admissions office for help. They may suggest alternative approaches based on your specific circumstance.

After submitting your application, you should receive an automated confirmation email. If you do not receive this email within 24 hours, please reach out to the admissions office to confirm receipt of your application. It's important to ensure your application has been received and will be reviewed.

Obtain a certificate in Solar Energy Technology

Through this program, you can acquire a Solar Energy Technician Certificate. This certificate program assists you in learning and mastering the knowledge and skills required to install, operate, and maintain solar power equipment.

Choose your path

Select your preferred learning path within the Solar Energy Technician curriculum, whether you are seeking a foundational understanding or advanced competencies in specific areas of solar technology. We accommodate a diverse range of skills and career objectives.

Earn your certificate in 6 to 18 months

Complete the entire curriculum in as little as six months or take the maximum of 18 months to finish. As an attendee, you will need to complete several courses to understand all facets of solar power production, usage, and maintenance.

Modular course structure

Our program is assembled into a series of comprehensive weekly modules that encompass all aspects of solar technology. Lectures are conducted via online videos with interactive transcripts. You can progress at a rate that suits you, and utilize these resources for more effective understanding and retention of course material.

Program flexibility

With our flexible program, you have the freedom to digest lectures and quizzes at your leisure. You can organize meetings with the course instructors and teaching assistants within their specified office hours. Additionally, you can access program content from any place via your mobile device, and even download videos and readings for offline studies.

Hybrid format of course delivery

Our Solar Energy Technician program offers a blend of online and practical training. This hybrid format of course delivery fosters a global online classroom environment where you can collaborate with peers from around the world. Faculty interaction is ensured during live classes, projects, and scheduled office hours.

Which One Is The Nearest Airport?

Students can rest assured knowing that the MCS and MCS-DS degree programs offer the flexibility needed to succeed as working professionals. The program is taught by the same faculty that teaches on-campus. Course staff host live office hours to answer student questions and help with coursework. Students also work together on group projects using Zoom and Slack, and get access to instructors during live office hours.

Curriculum

What is the standard check-in/out time?

We're designers, so the answer is obviously "it depends" 😇 . The timeline for each course is up to that instructor but most courses run around 4 times per year.

We're designers, so the answer is obviously "it depends" 😇 . The timeline for each course is up to that instructor but most courses run around 4 times per year.

We're designers, so the answer is obviously "it depends" 😇 . The timeline for each course is up to that instructor but most courses run around 4 times per year.

We're designers, so the answer is obviously "it depends" 😇 . The timeline for each course is up to that instructor but most courses run around 4 times per year.

Tuition & Financing

Costing a total of $18,500, our Solar Energy Technician program is offered at a competitive price. The program is taught in our unique, green-energy focused facility designed to immerse students in the renewable energy industry.

36 Credit/Clock Hours

The total program cost breaks down to roughly $514 per credit hour. This includes all necessary coursework for the comprehensive, 36-credit-hour program.

Work Class Faculty

Our faculty is composed of experienced industry professionals, keeping you up-to-date on the latest solar energy technology and practices. Our work class faculty are committed to providing you with the skills and knowledge required to excel as a solar energy technician.

Live and Online Lectures

We provide flexible learning options matching your lifestyle and learning preference. Attend live lectures in our state-of-the-art classrooms or log in remotely for online classes. Access the same quality lectures and support whether you're on campus or halfway around the world.

Collaborative Hands-on projects

Experience the real-world of solar energy technology with our hands-on collaborative projects. Work with classmates to design, build, and troubleshoot solar energy systems, providing you with practical experience to apply directly in your future career.

Pay-as-you-go tuition

Financial aid

<p>We strongly believe in making education accessible to all, hence our various financial aid opportunities available to students in the Solar Energy Technician program. You may qualify for several financial aid opportunities that include grants, scholarships, and work-study options. For more details about financial aid opportunities, please visit the Financial Resources Hub on our website.</p>

Employer tuition reimbursement

<p>Our Solar Energy Technician program also allows for Employer Tuition Reimbursement. If your employer offers tuition reimbursement, this could be a great way for you to finance your education. It's important to initiate a conversation about your educational goals with your employer and how it could potentially benefit the company. If your firm does not offer this, they may be willing to consider it.</p>

Payment plans

<p>Understanding that one size doesn't fit all, especially when it comes to financing one's education, we offer various payment plans designed to accommodate your individual budgetary needs. By spreading your program costs across several months or even years, these payment plans help lessen the financial burden often associated with pursuing higher education.</p>

Student loans

<p>Student loans are another financing option available to our students. We provide help and guidance in navigating the often complex student loan application process, ensuring you can comfortably finance your Solar Energy Technician program. Always remember, loans must be repaid, and it is essential to understand the terms before making any commitments.</p>

Careers

Solar Energy Technician Career Opportunities: With the surge in interest and investment in renewable sources of energy, solar energy technicians are finding ample opportunities across various sectors. The implementation of solar energy systems is not confined to a particular geographical location, thereby spreading job prospects globally. As per the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of solar photovoltaic (PV) installers is projected to grow 52 percent from 2019 to 2029, which is way faster than the average for all occupations. Considering the salary, technicians with a solar energy specialization can expect more gains than those with basic certifications. In fact, the average annual salary for solar PV installers was $44,890 in May 2019.

Embracing a career as a solar energy technician opens up potential for growth, specializations, and high demand positions such as solar project manager, solar operations manager, or photovoltaic design engineer.

Highlighted below are the key career advancement opportunities upon becoming a certified solar energy technician.

Prepare for in-demand jobs

The Solar Energy Technician program equips you with specialized skills for jobs in both the public and private sectors. Potential employers include solar panel manufacturers, installation companies, and utility services, among others.

Increase your salary

The solar energy technician program helps you gain in-depth knowledge and expertise in solar energy which can potentially boost your salary. With added experience, one can also aim for managerial or specialized roles that offer higher pay scales.

Expand your network

The program includes several collaborative assignments and projects, allowing you to connect and work with fellow students, teachers, and industry experts. Such an expanded network can be highly beneficial for job placements and references.

Access career services

Take advantage of career services like resume critiques, interview prep sessions, and job search strategies, among others. Further, through the course, you have the opportunity to attend interactive sessions with professionals from the solar industry, therefore getting practical insights and advice.

Advance Your Career as a Solar Energy Technician

Deepen your expertise in photovoltaic system design and installation practices, including advanced techniques for handling variants of solar conditions.

Learn essential aspects of solar energy collection, power conversion, and distribution methods.

Build knowledge on the framework of solar power policy and regulations in order to optimize solar installations for both environmental impact and operational efficiency.

Develop relevant skills in troubleshooting and maintenance of solar energy systems to ensure optimal energy production and longevity of the installations.

Advance Your Career with Growth in Solar Industry

$52,000 average salary

Average salary of a Solar Energy Technician in the United States (Glassdoor)

51% growth by 2031

The solar industry is seeing significant growth, with a much higher growth rate than the average industry.

In-Demand Jobs for Solar Energy Technicians

Solar Panel Installer

Photovoltaic Design Engineer

Electrical Foreman

Solar Project Manager

Solar Sales Consultant

Renewable Energy Specialist

Solar Field Service Technician

Energy Analyst

Construction Project Manager

Installation Supervisor

Leverage our Alumni Network Connections

Our Solar Energy Technician program boasts a vast alumni network spread across the country. Our past students have made strident strides in the field of solar energy, and you're never far from these industry professionals that could facilitate new opportunities for you. Upon graduation, you can join our alumni network. Our network is not just a place to share job postings, but it's a community that offers career advice, mentoring to current students and fellow alumni, shares job and internship experiences, and helps in expanding one's professional connections in the renewable energy industry.

Earn your MCS degree while learning on Coursera's feature-rich platform

You'll feel the MCS program's commitment to the student experience and positive engagement during your time as a student. You will have many opportunities to connect with students, staff, and faculty around the world — 100% online. There is a team of dedicated academic advisors in the computer science department to assist students. Every semester, the advising team hosts webinars to address student questions. Course staff host live office hours to answer student questions and help with coursework. Students also work together on group projects using Zoom and Slack. In addition, the Illinois Computer Science Speaker Series brings prominent leaders and experts to campus to share their ideas and promote conversations about important challenges and topics in the discipline.

Hands-on Solar Panel Installations

As a part of the course, experience first-hand how Solar Panels are installed and tested. This real-world experience will be instrumental in nurturing your technical and problem-solving skills.

In-Depth Study of Solar Energy Conversion

Delve into the intricacies of how solar light is converted into electricity. Understand the science behind photovoltaic cells and their efficient operation.

Software for Solar Design

Get hands-on experience with cutting-edge software used in Solar Design. This segment is aimed at familiarising students with the digital tools to simulate and plan effective solar energy systems.

Maintenance and Troubleshooting Skills

The Solar Energy Technician course equips students with the skills to manage, maintain, and troubleshoot solar systems. Learn about common issues and how to resolve them with efficiency and speed.