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

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 characteristics 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.

Academic Advisor

Drew Boatman


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