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2020-2021 Course Catalog 
2020-2021 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Renewable Energy Technology, AAS

Renewable Energy Technology is a five term AAS program that provides students conceptual and hands-on training in technology and practices used in the growing fields of electrical, electronic and renewable energy. This program is designed to prepare technicians with the skills to support, explain, and troubleshoot a wide variety of electrical projects pertaining to solar power. Students learn about the production, storage and distribution of electrical energy from a variety of traditional and renewable energy sources.

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Program Details

Locations: Ankeny

Students start this program Fall semester

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Minimum ALEKS math placement score of 30, or minimum ACT math score of 19, or completion of MAT 063 with a grade of “C” or higher.
  4. Attend any required information/registration session.

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn a Renewable Energy, AAS Degree, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Option 1 - Select 3-5 Credits

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 68

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$170.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5
Books (approximate) 685 600 500 600 450
Supplies 90        

Approximate total cost for the program: $14,485**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.


What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Install, diagnose and repair electronic equipment
  • Perform preventative maintenance, calibrations and upgrades on existing equipment
  • Maintain service records
  • Interact with members for the workforce who have various levels of knowledge and experience with electronic equipment

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of electronics, physics, mathematics and industrial equipment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of test equipment used for testing, calibrating and maintaining electronic equipment.
  • Apply knowledge to problems with the operation, installation, maintenance, and repair of electronic equipment.
  • Demonstrate ability to understand technical manuals and reference material to upgrade existing skills and learn new skills.
  • Communicate with managers and staff regarding the safe operation, Installation and modification of electronic systems.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Demonstrate the ability to be a “self-starter.”
  • Possess a strong personal commitment to succeed as a technician.
  • Anticipated average starting salary $46,000.

Program Competencies

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of electronics, physics, mathematics, and industrial equipment.
  2. Appraise problems surrounding the operation, installation, maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting of electronic systems.
  3. Communicate with managers and staff regarding the safe operation, installation, and modification of electronic systems.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to understand technical manuals and other literature to upgrade existing skills and learn new skills.
  5. Employ logic, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in the troubleshooting of electronic systems and components.
  6. Demonstrate the basic and emerging principles and concepts that impact generation, transport, installation, operation, and maintenance of technologies and related equipment used to produce energy.

Nondiscrimination Statement

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture, National & Environmental Services /Architecture, Engineering, and Construction/Arts, Design, and Visual communications/Business, Management, and Marketing/Education, Public, and Human Services/Health Science/Hospitality and Culinary/Information Technology/Manufacturing/Transportation & Logistics

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (in employment), disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status of a person. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6857,  Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6216,  Question or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone 312/730-1560, tax 312/730-1576..

Legal references: Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S. C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S. C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S. C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).(2018)