Renewable Energy & Environmental Controls
Green living and sustainable practices are important additions to our way of life. Be a part of that positive change through HCC's program in Renewable Energy & Environmental Controls (REEC). The Renewable Energy courses provide you opportunities to learn technical aspects and skills related to renewable energy, solar and wind generation technologies, sustainability, smart grid technologies, building controls and geothermal systems. Through the Green Building Technology courses you'll explore energy efficiency, construction principles and the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) process.
According to the American Wind Energy Association, Illinois is a leader in wind energy production and one of the top states in the manufacturing of equipment used in the industry.*
According to the Green Technologies and Practices Summary, about 854,700 jobs in the U.S. were held by workers who spent more than half of their time involved in green technologies and practices. About 23% of those individuals were employed in the Midwest.**
* American Wind Energy Association State Wind Energy Statistics, April, 2014
** Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
1. Earn your Heartland degree and transition directly into the workforce:
The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Renewable Energy helps you build expertise in electronics, electrical systems, mechanical systems, energy efficiency and renewable energy. As you progress through your classes, you can choose to focus on solar, wind or green systems.
By earning the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Sustainable Energy Systems you'll develop a strong background in building systems for sustainable energy. Courses explore building automation, heating, cooling and controllers. You will also learn about green buildings and sustainability. In this program you can choose to focus on environmental control, biofuels or hydro and HVAC options.
2. Earn your certificate or industry credential at heartland:
The Certificate in Electrical Systems Technology is a one-year program. It is designed to prepare you for employment or advancement in electrical-related maintenance areas within building automation or renewable energy. Your can focus on building automation, renewable energy, electronics systems technology or electrical maintenance options.
The Certificate in Sustainable Energy Systems IGEN Partnership is a one-year program that equips you to work in the areas of building automation, heating, cooling, controllers, sustainability, renewable energy and solar thermal systems. Your choice of focus areas are environmental control, biofuels or hydro and HVAC options.
The Skills Certificate in Building Environmental Control is a one-year program that prepares you for a career in building systems for sustainable energy. You'll learn about heating, cooling, controllers and geothermal and heat pump systems.