Sustainable Energy Resources (SER)

SER-136  Energy Industry Fundamentals  (3)  

Aligns with the Energy Industry Fundamentals curriculum developed by the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD). Provides a comprehensive look at the energy industry in the United States. Emphasizes safety, regulatory structures and agencies, electricity transmission and distribution, and an overview of the major sources of electricity generation. Explores hot topics in energy and careers in the industry. Students who complete this course can take an examination to receive the Energy Industry Fundamentals Certificate. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 lab

SER-210  Photovoltaic Systems I  (4)  

Introduces solar energy and photovoltaic systems. Teaches solar radiation fundamentals and the relationship of the sun to the earth, safety considerations in solar energy systems, the photovoltaic (PV) effect and PV cell construction, current and voltage characteristics of PV cells, and the use of PV modules and arrays. It additionally covers batteries and battery charging, and the conversion from to DC to AC using inverters and associated equipment. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 lab

Prerequisite: Take ELE-364. Take the OSHA 10 - Construction safety class.

SER-310  Photovoltaic Systems II  (4)  

This course is a follow up to SER-210-Photovoltaic Systems I. Covers photovoltaic (PV) installations, site planning, selection and sizing of components and wiring, National Electric Code (NEC) requirements, and the startup and commissioning process. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

Hours per week: 2.0 lecture, 4.0 lab

Prerequisite: Take SER-210.