Energy Systems Technology
There is increased demand for technicians and operators with robust electrical, mechanical, and bio-chemical skills and knowledge. Graduates of the Energy Systems Technology degree program are in high demand by public works, power generation, food & beverage processing, pulp & paper milling, manufacturing, agriculture, irrigation, and renewable energy operations!
To complete the AAS degree in Energy Systems Technology, students first complete a one-year electrical core course sequence, and then specialize in one or more of four concentrations that provide opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills needed to:
- Calculate, measure, and process a variety of materials to generate high value products, including: electricity, bioproducts, treated water, crops, foods & beverages, paper products, and renewable energy;
- Monitor, adjust, and control equipment to ensure optimal performance, including: turbines, pumps, valves, gates, fans, controllers, filters, conveyors, emitters, drones, robots, and instruments; and
- Troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair/replace wiring and mechanical equipment safely using testing devices and power tools.
A grade of C or higher is needed for EST students in all of their required courses and related instruction. A grade of C or higher indicates the student is gaining the bulk of the intended learning outcomes for each course and is in good standing to proceed in their EST course sequence. EST students will be asked to retake any courses in which a grade of C or higher is not achieved.
Recently, the State Board for Technical and Community Colleges (SBCTC) formally approved the Energy Systems Technology guided pathways model (i.e. of having one degree with multiple concentrations of training for job/career specialization) as an I-BEST program. As a result, a selection of the EST courses may become available in the future with extra in-class support for students in need of assistance in reading, writing, and/or mathematics (i.e. using the I-BEST model). As part of this SBCTC review process, every EST concentration was also designated high demand and so qualifying EST students now can apply through WWCC for the State of WA's Opportunity Grant which "helps low-income adults train for high-wage, high-demand careers" (https://www.sbctc.edu/colleges-staff/programs-services/opportunity-grant/). Please make sure to speak with a Career and Education Navigator to see if you qualify for one or more of the local, state, and/or federal support and assistance programs with which WWCC is connected! Contact Gwen Dentinger for more information: [email protected] or 509.524.5189.For program information, to decide which EST degree concentration is right for you, to answer questions about courses and job opportunities, or to learn about the new NSF scholarship opportunity (new students only) please contact, Charles Miller, at: [email protected] or 509.529.2233.