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Advanced Energy

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Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy

Key Program Features: Real-world experience, small class sizes, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

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 the Associate of 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


Additional Outcomes

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Hocking College

2017 - 2018 Associate of Applied Science in Advanced Energy

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 42.0
Lab Hours: 49.0

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 42.0
Lab Hours: 49.0


Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  CMEL-1100 Electrical Trades 4.00 4.00 6.00 $825.00
  MATH-1103 Applied Mathematics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $182.00
  CM-1101 Construction Safety OSHA 30 2.00 0.00 2.00 $25.00
  CMCP-1111 Roof Framing 1.00 1.00 1.50 $185.00
  CHEM-1131 Environmental Chemistry 1.50 3.00 3.00 $100.00
OR CHEM-1101 Fundamentals of Chemistry 3.00 2.00 4.00 $90.00
    Totals 11.50-13.00 9.00-10.00 16.50-17.50 $1,387.00-$1,397.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  CMEL-1200 Residential Wiring 4.00 4.00 6.00 $400.00
  ENGL-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
  BIOS-1101 Environmental Science 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  NRM-1110 Chain Saw Operations and Maintenance 0.00 2.00 1.00 $200.00
    Totals 11.00 6.00 14.00 $690.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  ENGL-1104 Job Search Techniques 1.00 0.00 1.00 $15.00
  BUS-1100 Small Business Management 2.00 2.00 3.00 $92.00
  AE-2101 Solar Photovoltaic Systems I 3.00 2.00 4.00 $460.00
  NRM-1119 Natural Resources Welding 0.00 4.00 2.00 $300.00
  NRM-2296 Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar 1.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00
OR CM-2292 Construction Directed Practice 1.00 7.00 2.00 $85.00
    Totals 10.00 15.00 15.00 $992.00-$1,007.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  AE-2102 Solar Photovoltaic Systems II 4.00 2.00 5.00 $350.00
  AE-2108 Solar Thermal Energy Systems 2.00 2.00 3.00 $275.00
  AE-2200 Alternative Energy Capstone 2.00 4.00 4.00 $185.00
  *** Social Science Elective 0.00 0.00 3.00  
    Totals 8.00 8.00 15.00 $810.00
Class Hours: 11.50-13.00 Lab Hours: 9.00-10.00 Cost: $1,387.00-$1,397.00

Class Hours: 11.00 Lab Hours: 6.00 Cost: $690.00

Class Hours: 10.00 Lab Hours: 15.00 Cost: $992.00-$1,007.00

Class Hours: 8.00 Lab Hours: 8.00 Cost: $810.00

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Advanced EnergyA 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.


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