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The renewable energy industry continues to grow and many analysts predict that by 2020, the global clean energy economy will top $1 trillion.  At Vermont Tech, you'll take advantage of an integrated course of study including engineering, technology, science, and business to prepare for careers designing, implementing, and managing renewable energy systems and similar technologies. 

The Renewable Energy degree program begins with foundation courses to build a broad base of knowledge and skills in science, engineering, technology, design, analysis, and communication. The program curriculum also offers hands-on experience with solar, wind, biomass, and other working renewable energy systems on our Randolph Center campus.

Along with a complete Renewable Energy Lab, students have access to a variety of working renewable energy installations that provide power to the Randolph Center campus.

Renewable energy courses offer hands-on experiences that include design, site assessment, systems installation, biomass processing, system performance monitoring, and troubleshooting. Students also develop and apply theoretical tools to predict system performance and utilize computer-aided technology for design. Technologies covered include solar PV, renewable heating, wind, and biomass.

Our graduates pursue careers as systems designers, systems technicians, field operations technologists, technical managers, and sales technicians employed by renewable energy manufacturers; energy project developers; manufacturing and technology companies; and energy consulting and management firms.

CCV students: Our articulation agreement with CCV guarantees admission for CCV graduates who complete the AS in STEM Studies with a 2.0 or higher GPA, provided the student has completed a minimum of 60 pre-approved transfer credits. Please contact our Admissions office for specific degree requirements.

 

A student with a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy will be able to:

  • Design and manage renewable energy systems and related technologies
  • Develop a career path that employs knowledge of science, technology, and management to address energy needs and challenges
  • Work as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team using strong graphic and verbal skills to present ideas
  • Integrate state-of-the-art knowledge in this rapidly evolving profession

Bachelor’s degree students are subject to Vermont Tech’s minimum degree requirements. The minimum degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy are:

  • Scholarships: While there are no program-specific scholarships available at this time, additional scholarships are available.  

Careers in Renewable Energy

Placement Rate
100%
Vermont Tech
VS
79%
National

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017 National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)

Rewnewable Energy
2010
2030
Job projections

3% of US electricity generated by renewable energy in 2010; projected 17% of US electricity generated by reneweables by 2030



Investment
$0
2017 Investment (Billions)
$0
2016 Investment (Billions)

World clean energy investment 2017 vs. 2016 (source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance)

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16

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