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.

TCL’s 21-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


Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry.

Many 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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Important Additional Admission Requirements

None.

What does this program cost?*

Tuition: 21 credits x $190 per credit = $3,990.

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 2019 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. 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

Program Dean


Kelli Boniecki

Dean for Business & Industrial Technologies/Business & Industrial Technologies

kboniecki@tcl.edu

Instructors


Timothy Newsome

Building Construction Instructor/Industrial Technology

tnewsome@tcl.edu

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