What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College

Sustainable Energy Technology

January 8 - May 11, 2018 

About the Program

Renewable energy is the wave of the future!

This certificate program will enable you to get on board with this expanding career field. This certificate program is designed to provide the basic skills and knowledge needed for entry-level jobs in the manufacturing, installation, and maintenance of wind turbines and solar energy systems, in just 4 months. 

Program to Include

  • Fundamentals of Lean process Improvement
  • Introduction to Renewable Energy
  • Introduction to Solar Energy
  • Introduction to Alternative Fuels
  • Introduction to Wind Energy
  • Mechanical Power Transmission

Career & Salary Information

This certificate program prepares you for entry-level positions in the manufacturing, installation, and maintenance of renewable energy systems. 

Solar Thermal Installer and Technician annual wage is *$42,684. They install or repair solar energy systems designed to collect, store, and circulate solar-heated water for residential, commercial or industrial use.

Solar Photovoltaic Installer annual wage is *$39,597. They assemble, install, or maintain solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs or other structures in compliance with site assessment and schematics. May include measuring, cutting, assembling, and bolting structural framing and solar modules. 

Geothermal Technician annual wage is *$36,610. They perform technical activities at power plants or individual installations necessary for the generation of power from geothermal energy sources.

Wind turbine Service Technician annual wage is *$48,558. They inspect, diagnose, adjust, or repair wind
turbines. Perform maintenance on wind turbine equipment including resolving electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic malfunctions.

*Source EMSI

Non-Credit to Credit

Graduates of this program are awarded a certificate. Enter the workforce, or students who wish to complete an
advanced degree may continue on to complete Sustainable Energy Technology A.A.S. 


$2900 (Textbooks not included.)

FREE Tuition Assistance Available!

This program is approved for FREE Education to Employment tuition assistance for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email lwoods@iwcc.edu or call 712.256.7088 for more information!

To Register

Contact Denise Norman at dnorman@iwcc.edu or 712.325.3415.