Advanced Energy


The Advanced Energy Program provides students with the skills necessary to enter a career in the growing field of Photovoltaic (PV) installation.  PV is the largest growing portion of the renewable energy industry.  The coursework is designed to provide competency in the electrical and framing trades, as well as PV system design, electrical and mechanical integration, and PV system installation.


This program was designed and influenced by veteran PV industry professionals with over 50 years of combined experience; with a range in experience from residential, commercial, and military installation training professionals, to operations managers, skilled labor recruiters, safety & quality engineers, and install crew leads.  Other types of renewable energy will be covered.  However, as PV is the largest renewable energy sector and many of the same electrical and mechanical design concerns apply, PV will remain the focus of this Code based program.



The following outcomes are skills, behaviors and attitudes cultivated in students seeking an Associate of Applied Science in Advanced Energy:


  • PV system audit and design techniques

  • PV system installation techniques

  • Other types of renewable energy generation

  • Energy storage

  • Electrical trade skills

  • Roofing trade skills

  • Framing trade skills

  • Types of employment in the renewable energy sector


Associate of Applied Science in Advanced Energy

Course of Study

For students entering May 2017

COURSE NO.FIRST SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
GS-1000HC Cornerstone1.000.001.00$80.00
CMEL-1100Electrical Trades4.004.006.00$825.00
MATH-1103Applied Mathematics2.002.003.00$182.00
CM-1101Construction Safety OSHA 302.000.002.00$25.00
CMCP-1111Roof Framing1.001.001.50$185.00
CHEM-1131Environmental Chemistry1.503.003.00$100.00
ORCHEM-1101Fundamentals of Chemistry3.002.004.00$90.00
COURSE NO.SECOND SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
CMEL-1200Residential Wiring4.004.006.00$400.00
ENGL-1510English Composition I4.000.004.00$50.00
BIOS-1101Environmental Science3.000.003.00$40.00
NRM-1110Chain Saw Operations and Maintenance0.002.001.00$200.00
COURSE NO.THIRD SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
ENGL-1104Job Search Techniques1.000.001.00$15.00
BUS-1100Small Business Management2.002.003.00$92.00
AE-2101Solar Photovoltaic Systems I3.002.004.00$460.00
NRM-1119Natural Resources Welding0.004.002.00$300.00
NRM-2296Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar1.007.002.00$100.00
ORCM-2292Construction Directed Practice1.007.002.00$85.00
COURSE NO.FOURTH SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
AE-2102Solar Photovoltaic Systems II4.002.005.00$350.00
AE-2108Solar Thermal Energy Systems2.002.003.00$275.00
AE-2200Alternative Energy Capstone2.004.004.00$185.00
***Social Science Elective0.000.003.00


Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.


  • Solar Photovoltaic System Installer

  • Solar Photovoltaic System Designer

  • Solar Photovoltaic System Repair Technician

  • Solar Photovoltaic System Site Auditor

  • Project Manager

  • Solar Photovoltaic Sales and Customer Service

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