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Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy Program Description

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.

Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:


$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services



$275....Smart Start*

Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.

*Recommended for all first-year college students.

A Career in Advanced Energy is Electrifying!

With a job outlook growth of 24 percent, a career in Advanced Energy offers a bright future for Hocking College Graduates.

Potential job titles include: Solar Photovoltaic System Installer, Solar Photovoltaic System Designer, Solar Photovoltaic System Repair Technician, Solar Photovoltaic System Site Auditor, Project Manager, and Solar Photovoltaic Sales and Customer Service.

View the occupational profile

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the 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

New academic programs and curriculums being re-designed based on industry needs will have outcome data available after one complete graduation cycle.

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