In just 15 months, you can graduate with an associate degree in energy technologies that can provide you rich opportunities to work in a broad array of energy technology environments that are critical to the lives of people around the world.
The Redstone College Energy Technologies program will introduce you to a breadth of energy technologies – traditional, emerging, renewable and alternative – and prepare you for a career in the energy industry. As a graduate of this program you’ll possess a variety of skills employers look for, including a specialized knowledge of the design, application, installation, operation and maintenance of diverse energy technologies and systems.
Experienced professionals will mentor you, teaching you what you need to know to succeed after graduation. You will learn to:
- Test and troubleshoot electrical circuits to ensure proper functioning of devices and motors
- Learn fundamentals of control systems to safely perform maintenance and repairs on equipment in the energy industry
- Test and troubleshoot energy management instrumentation and software
A degree in Energy Technologies will give you the knowledge and hands-on training to work across multiple energy systems. Whether you go into traditional energy, alternative energy, or both, companies are looking for skilled technicians to manage, troubleshoot and maintain their systems.
Course content ranges from the basic foundations of electronics to solar photovoltaics and industrial wiring and schematics. Some of the courses you may take include:
the concepts of voltage, current, and resistance along with various circuit components and how they react in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits.
Explores the concepts of voltage, current, and resistance along with various DC circuit components and how they react in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits.
Creates an understanding of the various forms of energy and renewable energy, energy conservation, and heat transfer.
Teaches the various components of an analog circuit, basic soldering techniques and how to read wiring diagrams and schematics.
Provides an understanding of residential and commercial wiring and safety devices, and how to read wiring schematics and blueprints.
Offers information about power conversion systems and industrial control systems along with their various components.
Covers the operating principles of photovoltaic systems as well as the components and the requirements for system installation.
Describes the basic concepts of solid state theory and how to troubleshoot solid state electronics using common test equipment.
Discusses the major components of wind turbines and the fundamental physics applied to all wind turbine and energy conversion systems.
With an associate degree in electronics technology, you can help companies design, develop and repair computers, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment and other electrical devices. You can work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test and repair equipment*. Companies are looking for experts with the following characteristics:
- Logical thinking skills – good reasoning skills to identify and fix problems
- Mechanical skills – the ability to confidently use hand tools and soldering irons on small circuitry
- Observational skills – ability to evaluate information, report problems and recommend solutions
- Problem solving skills – test multiple issues and troubleshoot solutions
- Writing skills – clearly write reports that show results of testing and solutions
- Work for a telecommunications company as a technician repairing and installing electronics equipment to keep equipment like phones and cable systems running
- Perform on-site repair to a router provided by an internet service provider to ensure residential and commercial service stays up and running for gaming, business operations and other important functions that require internet
- Work for a local company installing and repairing wiring and electronics in audio and video equipment used in local concert venues
Graduates with a degree from Redstone College can pursue an entry level career in a number of fields including:
- Electronics Engineering
- Medical Equipment Repair
- Telecommunications Testing and Repair
- Space Systems
- Energy Equipment Repair
- Field Services
Because a degree in electronics technology encompasses such a wide range of career specialties, career outlooks vary by industry. One thing is certain, the need for qualified technicians to maintain, test and repair electronics technology is constant.
A wide variety of career paths mean a wide variety of jobs and work environments for skilled electronics technology professionals, from medical offices and manufacturing plants to telecommunications towers to automobile testing and production. Electronics are integral to a broad range of companies and industries including:
- Manufacturing and assembly processes
- Switching and routing equipment for telecommunications
- Electronic health record systems
- Medical devices technology
- Diagnostic automobile systems
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/electrical-and-electronics-engineering-technicians.htm