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Electrical Engineering Technology - Sustainable Energy Systems

Program Requirements: 

Help reduce the need for fossil fuels by obtaining an Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) – Sustainable Energy Systems degree at Gateway Technical College.

Associate degree students learn the foundation of “green” electrical systems. They can perform system maintenance and repair of Solar Photovoltaic systems. These renewable energy systems use solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity.

EET- Sustainable Energy Systems’ program curriculum focuses on an experience-building learning style. Hands-on lab-based learning is incorporated into all course work. Study areas include AC/DC principles, transistor operation, digital circuits, microprocessors, optoelectronics, communications and industrial electronics.

Three sustainable energy engineering classes are offered on the Kenosha Campus. Each course covers in-depth application and learning of alternatives to fossil fuels. In the final semester students will complete a capstone project where they will install a solar photovoltaic system.

The program also offers a set of “self-paced courses” during day and evening blocks of time. Students taking these courses can set their own schedule but the course must be completed by the end of the semester and can also be finished early if the student completes the required material.

What does a sustainable energy engineering technician do?

Graduates can choose from a variety of renewable energy careers including solar photovoltaic installer, photovoltaic integrator, renewable equipment sales, and electrical and electronic engineering technicians. Solar professionals also work for utility companies, electrician or other maintenance shops as solar systems are appearing everywhere including remote cell towers, emergency road signs and telephones.

Learning by doing

Most classes are located at the integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Center (iMET) in Sturtevant. iMET provides students with a wide range of test equipment utilized in the lab which gives students an opportunity to gain experience with equipment that can be found in the field.

All topics covered in class are also explored during the hands-on laboratory portion of each course. Students begin working with electronics on the first day of class. The Advanced Electronics lab utilizes state-of-the-art test equipment for hands-on and computer-based circuit analysis used in the design process. Students learn how to take projects from the development stage to the production line. The lab also provides students with interactive computer-based training and realistic models to simulate large-scale renewable energy systems using solar photovoltaic equipment.

A variety of conferences provide students with professional development and networking opportunities. Opportunities include MREA Energy Fair, SME Regional Conference, Green Energy/Sustainability Summit and ESDA Midwest Regional Conference and Trade Show. There are also volunteer opportunities throughout the semester including Boy Scouts and sumo-bot and robotics competitions that provide students with additional learning opportunities.

Students are also encouraged to join student clubs including the Society of Women Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Electronics Club, Sustainable Living Club and N9GTC Amateur Radio Club. Participation provides students with hands-on learning, networking and professional development opportunities.

Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of electrical and electronic engineering technicians is expected to grow from 2010 to 2020.The median annual salary of electrical and electronic engineering technicians was $56,040 in 2010.

Advisors

iMET
Dwayne Windham
windhamd@gtc.edu

Faculty

iMET Center
Jim Jazdzewski
jazdzewskij@gtc.edu

Program Administration

Ray Koukari, Interim Dean
koukarir@gtc.edu

Beverly Frazier, Associate Dean
frazierb@gtc.edu

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