Due to the growing demand for clean sources of energy, the sun has become a hot commodity. Solar Photovoltaics, also known as Solar PV, is the field of technology and research related to the application of solar cells for energy by converting sunlight directly into electricity. For those who wish to become professionally trained in the design and installation of PV systems, this technical certificate of credit program provides that training. Graduates will have the opportunity to enter the workforce as technicians specializing in electrical applications of installation, inspection, and repair of solar panels in the electrical construction industry.
The demand for qualified technicians to install and maintain solar PV systems and other components of this rapidly evolving green technology is expected to continue to expand to account for 11 percent of global electricity production and the creation of 6.3 million jobs by 2030. Use of solar technology and the demand to increase use of the sun for energy is a hot topic, as is the desire to move the US up on that list. The available training is few and far between and even more scarce in Georgia. Gwinnett Tech specializes in meeting the needs of our community through credit and continuing education offerings; green technology is no exception. This certificate will provide the county and surrounding areas with expert training and knowledge in the installation and inspection of photovoltaic systems. As the industry continues to grow, the demand for technicians will continue to increase as well. Certain portions of this training have already been incorporated in to our existing Electrical Construction and HVAC programs, therefore the necessary equipment and trained personnel exists already to begin specialized training in this field. With the addition of only one course (ELTR 1525), GTC can award this certificate to numerous students. (Program Length: 2 Semesters Minimum)
Students applying for this program must be accepted into the air conditioning degree, diploma or electrical systems technology diploma and add this certificate as a second major. Students can apply to graduate from certificates when classes required are completed.
Photovoltaic installation and repair Technician
IDFC 1007 Industrial Safety Procedures
IDFC 1011 Direct Current I
ELTR 1020 Electrical Systems Basics I
ELTR 1060 Electric Print, Schematcs, & Symbols
ELTR 1525 Photovoltaic Systems
15 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION