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Renewable Energy & Environmental Controls

What Will I Learn?

The Renewable Energy & Environmental Controls courses are part of Renewable Energy Degree and the Certificate in Electrical Systems Technology programs.

The REEC courses provide students an opportunity to learn technical aspects and skills related to renewable energy including solar and wind generation technologies. REEC courses also include the Green Building Technology course which provides an overview of energy efficiency, construction principles, and the LEED process.

What Is The Occupational Outlook?

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Renewable Energy program will prepare students for entry level employment in a variety of settings that incorporate renewable energy concepts including solar and wind generation. Employers interested in our graduates include renewable energy firms, utilities, building automation companies, and construction related industries.

As renewable energy is considered an "emerging field", information concerning the "Green Collar" industries is just starting to be disseminated. As a guide students may see the BLS(1) and IDES (2) data for related areas such as installation, maintenance & repair, electronic technicians, electricians, etc, at the references noted below. For comparison, the Occupational Wage Survey for Illinois indicates that average salaries for electrical and electronic technicians range from $45,000-$60,000/year(2). Entry level wages average around $14 to $20/hour depending on experience and education. Salary levels also tend to vary by specific industry and regions in the state.

What Are My Options?

Students may enroll in individual courses, however, the REEC courses are part of Renewable Energy Program. See Maintenance Technology

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://www.bls.gov
  2. Department of Employment Security, State of Illinois, Wage Data 2009 at http://lmi.ides.state.il.us/PDFs/statewidewage_pub.pdf