Solar Thermal Technician: Certificate | Technical College of the LowCountry

Solar Thermal Technician: Certificate

Heat up your career.

Learn how to tap into heat from the sun to create energy, for a career that will always be hot.

Program Description

Solar thermal energy generation is sustainable, green and efficient. It uses light from the sun to create heat, and that heat is used to run a heat engine, which turns a generator to make electricity.

TCL’s Solar Thermal Technician Certificate program teaches students to design, install, maintain, and repair solar thermal systems. You’ll learn both solar thermal technologies and plumbing, enhancing your skill set above the basic plumbing certificate.

Courses emphasize “green” building techniques, as outlined by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles, to ensure you have the skills needed for jobs today and tomorrow.

And, here in the rapidly growing Lowcountry, construction jobs are always in demand. The S.C. annual mean wage for construction occupations is $38,370, according to 2015 reports from U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Having this solar thermal specialty can substantially increase your earnings.

TCL’s 19-credit-hour Solar Thermal Technician Certificate program can be completed in as little as two semesters. Evening classes are offered. Hands-on courses include tools and usage safety, plumbing installations and repair, basic solar energy technology, and solar thermal systems, design and installation.

Certify Your Skills

Students will have substantial knowledge of solar technologies and electrical installations equivalent to a master electrician. Students will qualify for and succeed on the NABCEP Entry Level Exam (North American Board of Certified Energy Providers). Students will perform at the Installer Certification level.

Accreditation & Accolades

TCL instructors are LEED certified. Emphasis is placed on “green” building techniques outlined by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles

Quick Facts

Quick Fact 1
Solar experts are in increasing demand locally and nationally.
Quick Fact 2
Hands-on: learn by actually practicing the skills you’ll need on the job.
Quick Fact 3
Learn from the best: TCL instructors are LEED certified.

What People Are Saying

“At TCL, our focus green building benefits the students and the entire community.”

Tim Newsome Program Director

FAQs & Additional Information

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What does this program cost?*

Tuition: 19 credits x $170 per credit = $3,230.
Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free.
*Based on Fall 2016 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Qualifications vary.

Is this program for you?

The program is a great fit for those who:

• Have strong math skills.
• Like hands-on projects.
• Enjoy working independently and in teams.

Other Resources

Gainful Employment: Learn more about the Solar Thermal Technician Certificate.

Program Dean

Kenneth Flick

Division Dean/Business & Industrial Technologies


Timothy Newsome

Building Construction Instructor/Industrial Technology

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