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May 08

Get a Degree in Renewable Energy

Posted in Energy Economy | Energy Industry

Renewable Energy Degree This fall, Wisconsin’s Mid-State Technical College will be offering three new renewable energy degree programs. These will include biorefinery technology, renewable electricity technician and renewable thermal energy technician training. Ronald Zillmer, associate dean of MSTC’s technical and industrial division hopes the courses are the beginning of new trend in green energy education. “The college is investing in programs for jobs that will be here 100 years from now. This is not a short-term endeavor; folks feeling the effects of globalization and being displaced from their jobs are looking for stability.”


The Biorefinery Technology program prepares technicians to perform operations and maintenance tasks in the expanding biofuel and biogas production and biorefining industries.

The Renewable Electricity Technician program prepares technicians who design, install, operate and maintain solar and wind electricity generating systems for both residential and light commercial applications.

The Renewable Thermal Energy Technician program prepares technicians who design, install, operate and maintain solar, geothermal and biomass heating systems for both residential and commercial applications.

  • D. Rice Lummis Jr.

    I’m a Senior International Business major at the University of Denver. Upon graduation in June, I’m trying to get into the alternative energy industry for a few years before returning to grad school. I must say, it’s really exciting to see programs like this pop up at universities in the U.S. Scandinavian countries have been promoting these kinds of educational programs for almost a decade now. Also, San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico offers similar training. I’ve heard that Arizona State offers green energy degrees. Lastly, the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University in Houston is geared toward energy issues in public policy. Keep ’em coming! The more Americans we have in this industry, the better.

  • http://www.samarpit.com S.C.MATHUR

    I am an Electrical engineer with 32 years experience in the field of Thermal Generation and Distribution.I am very much excited to know about such a course in alternative energy.In India there is acute shortage of Electricity creating hinderence in industrial growth.Can we start any such course in India?I have good liasioning with Engineering Colleges and can help in starting such a exciting course here.The more awareness created more benificial it will be.

  • Gail Feddern

    Wayne State University and/or other colleges near Detroit should offer courses that would help U.S. automotive manufacturers develop vehicles that use alternative energy, like biofuels, biodiesel, and biogas.

    Also, universities and colleges that grant degrees in geology and petroleum engineering should have degrees with specialties in alternative energy and renewable resources. The aim of such education programs would be to help the U.S.A. develop a transportation,fuels & fueling system that would make us independent of foreign oil.

  • Chandranshu Pandya

    I wouldn’t have agreed more with Mr S C Mathur. As Chief Executive in Gujarat Energy Development Agency ( GEDA ), I had set up a 10 MW Windfarm near Porbadar in Gujarat. While the installation work was done by Danish expert engineers, I had to train local engineers myself. This was way back in 1991-92.

    Now that we have all Renewable Energy souceses getting developed, there will be a great demand for training personnel at all levels. I only wish a no of professional organizations / universities take interest in this task at the earliest. As an Elec + Mech + Aeronautical Engineer, at this age of 70 years, I am so keen to help such programmes is Wind, Solar and other R E areas.

  • jim

    Does anyone know if there are any enrgy technician schools anywhere in milwaukee?

  • Mike

    I have been interested in a green job for years and have not been able to find a degree program in this field of study. The State of Florida has a new program and most of their state colleges will be offering a program in it. I will be going to Saint Petersburg College to get a BAS in Sustainability Management. I have researched the different types of jobs and this is more the business side. The technical aspect would only require a certification and that would most likely be in the electrical field. If you are more technical, then that is what you want to do. For me, I want to get in the business side and this is the best way to get in. Arizona State has a bachelors as well, but I want to stay on the east coast. They also have a masters program for it as well.

  • Venkatesh

    I am currently doing my master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Technology at TU Delft, Netherlands.

    When I wanted to apply to the US, amazingly I did not find any universities there offering this specialized course. Only Europe’s got several universities that offer this course.
    Even in terms of technology, I think this place is far ahead.

  • Marco

    can anybody please recommend any degree program on renewable energy in the USA?

  • uvaraja

    Can any one suggest me the best college in U.S. for doing M.S on renewable energy.


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