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Energy Technical Specialist, A.A.S.

Locations:  Canby, Granite Falls and Online.Links to:
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This degree, which can be completed online, will prepare students for work as technicians in energy technology and convey the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the traditional and renewable energy fields.

In addition to 15 General Education credits, students enrolled in the Energy Technical Specialist program will study a 35 credit core curriculum providing a strong base in electrical, electronic and mechanical systems. Students will select 10 credits in an area of specialization to complete their program of study from the following: Wind Energy, Ethanol, Biodiesel, Fossil Fuels or Nuclear Power Generation.

The Energy Technical Specialist degree is offered through a partnership of multiple colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Each of the partner colleges offer courses in their respective areas of expertise and the participating colleges accept transfer courses from each other.

Students entering into the Energy Technical Specialist program should realize that the energy industry is highly specialized and there are extraordinary employment characteristics associated in some areas of the power industry. Depending on the energy company, hiring managers may require a federal background check, drug and alcohol testing, and a physical if necessary for a position.

Required Courses
 Industrial Safety
Introduction to Traditional and Renewable Energy3
Process Dynamics3
Mechanical Fundamentals for Processing Control3
Program Logic Controls or3
ENTS 2550
Program Logic Controls*3
Pneumatics Theory3
ENTS 2555
Pneumatics *3
Basic Hydraulics3
Instrumentation & Control3
P & ID & PFD Reading and1
Auto CAD or2
ECAD 1023
Print Reading *3
MECA 1210
Basic Digital Electronics *3
General Education Requirements
College Algebra3
Composition I3
Survey of Physics3
Issues in the Environment3
General Education Electives3
Specialty Emphasis (select 10 credits)
Wind Power
Wind Energy Fundamentals3
Environmental Health & Safety1
Wind Energy OSHA Standards & Climbing Lab2
BIO Fuel
Ethanol Process Fundamentals2
Ethanol Separation Technology2
Biodiesel Process Fundamentals2
Industrial Water Treatment2
Biodiesel Feedstocks Tech & Reg2
Pollution control Fundamentals2
RNEW 1110Low/High Pressure Boilers1
RNEW 1105Introduction to OSHA
Fossil Fuels (curriculum under development)
Power Generation (curriculum under development)
Solar Power (curriculum under development)
Total Credits60

Notes:  * Not a Minnesota West course
Updated: si 6/13/13