Energy Technical Specialist

Energy Technical Specialist

Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Energy Technical Specialist - Nuclear A.A.S. Degree 75 cr. Rosemount
 Energy Technical Specialist - A.A.S. Degree 60 cr. Rosemount

Major Description

The Energy Technical Specialist A.A.S. Degree is a new degree that has been developed using funding from a U. S. Department of Labor High Growth Job Training initiative Grant. The goal of the degree is to train students in the field of energy technology. Due to the increasing age of the current energy workforce and the growth of the renewable energy industry, it is estimated that there will be a great demand for skilled workers in the energy industry. The energy Technical Specialist, A.A.S. degree will convey the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in both traditional and renewable energy fields. The degree will prepare students for work (primarily as technicians) in the following industries: coal-fired electric power generation, natural gas distribution, ethanol production, biodiesel production, wind turbine maintenance or solar energy.

DCTC offers additional training as nuclear energy maintenance technicians that meets the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) standards. It is the goal to have the graduates of the Energy Technical Specialist A.A.S. degree and the nuclear energy advanced training to meet the Nuclear Energy Institutes (NEI) standards. These graduates will have the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain entry-level employment in the nuclear energy industry. This program will utilize the Uniform Curriculum Guide, which was developed as part of an industry-wide workforce strategy to standardize curriculum and increase efficiency of new and qualified nuclear workers focused on maintenance and non-licensed operators.

Because of new Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) requirements, students applying to this program not only must meet the regular college admissions requirements but also sign and submit an Acknowledgement of Understanding form

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the CPL page to learn more.

Energy Technical Specialist Advisor & Instructors
Kerry Lurken
Kerry Lurken
Enrollment Advisor and Financial Aid Specialist
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Duane Ness
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Donald Deutsch
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Program Costs*

Energy Technical Specialist
  Energy Technical Specialist – Nuclear
A.A.S. Degree – 75 credits
Energy Technical Specialist
A.A.S. Degree – 60 credits
Tuition $168.95/cr. $168.95/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr.
Textbooks $1,500 $1,500
Grand Total $15,780 $12,924

Put Your Tuition on Ice!

That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

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Energy Technical Specialist

Work Environment

Energy maintenance technicians work in energy generation plants. It depends on the areas of focus, these technicians work in traditional fossil fuel (coal-fired) plants, nuclear power generation plants, or other energy specializations. The Minnesota energy companies support and are involved with this program through the Minnesota Energy Consortium.

Students entering into the Energy Technical Specialist program should realize that the energy industry is a highly specialized industry and there are extraordinary employment characteristic associated with the power industry. Depending on the energy company, the hiring managers may require a federal background check, psychological testing, drug and alcohol testing, fingerprinting for FBI criminal investigation, and a physical if necessary for a position. The industry is solely responsible for facilitating the employment prerequisites.

Job Outlook

According to ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for energy technical specialists is expected to grow 14.1 percent in the U.S. by the year 2020.

Salary Data

Potential Job Titles

  • Power Plant Technician
  • Power Plant Operator
  • Energy Plant Maintenance Technician
  • Power Generation Technician

Gainful Employment Reports

Gainful Employment Reports are not available for this program.
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Transfer Options

Energy Technical Specialist

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Sorry, there are no Articulation Agreements in place for this program.
Don't worry though, courses in this program may still transfer to other colleges or universities. Visit Transferology for fast and accurate course and transfer equivalency information.

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!


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Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events

Energy Technical Specialist

The Energy Technical Specialist program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student field trips and competitions as well as the accomplishments of our instructors.

Energy Technical Specialist News

Energy Technical Specialist Events

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Clubs & Organizations

Energy Technical Specialist

As a student in DCTC's Energy Technical Specialist program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.

Student Clubs and Organizations

DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Energy Technical Specialist students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking employment in the civil engineering technology field. The following clubs are open to all Energy Technical Specialist students:

Innovative Engineers
The Innovative Engineers (IE) chapter at DCTC came about as a partnership with the University of Minnesota. Students in IE can apply their technical education to develop innovative solutions to global issues in third-world communities. IE built and tested a 1kW wind turbine on campus that can be used in communities both here and abroad to teach students how to design and build renewable energy technologies using local resources.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization for students at community and technical colleges across the U.S. The organization focuses on students in academic programs that lead to careers in the trade, industrial, technical and health care fields. Nearly 100 SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national levels relate to leadership skills or programs of study at DCTC.

In 2012, DCTC fielded four national champions at the SkillsUSA National Championships at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the competition, read "Students Dominate SkillsUSA Championships" in Real Magazine, a DCTC publication.

In 2013, DCTC fielded 17 students at the nationals who ranked in the top 15 in the nation. For more information about the competition, read "DCTC Students Rock at SkillsUSA Nationals" on DCTC News.

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.