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There are outstanding employment opportunities in the growing field of Solar Power. Locally and nationwide there is a high and growing demand for technicians, planners, and installers. SRJC is attempting to meet the current and projected need by offering training.
Since spring 2009, we have offered Electronics 156, a 3-unit introductory course in the design and installation of photovoltaic systems, including grid-connected and stand-alone systems, with or without battery storage. Each class session consists of two hours of lecture followed by three hours of lab where students experience working with the equipment and measurement instruments that are currently being used in the field. Successful completion of the course qualifies students to take the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Entry Level Exam.
While students completing this class and exam have learned and demonstrated a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation, and operation of PV Systems, they are not yet qualified to install PV systems. We are in the process of developing courses to provide the additional training needed.
Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Certificates coming in Fall 2011
The Applied Technology Department is developing certificate programs for Photovoltaic and Solar Hot Water, which will include the Entry-Level and Advanced Photovoltaic System Design and Installation, as well as Solar Thermal Systems and electrical code requirements. These certificate programs and the required courses are in the curriculum review process and will be available next fall.