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Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science - 66 Credits
Program contact: Division of Business, CIS, and Engineering and Technology, (815) 921-3101 (engineering web link)
Graduates of the Sustainable Energy Systems (SES) Program have a broad understanding of energy efficiency and conservation, comprehensive energy and electrical-load audits, alternative electrical energy generation using photovoltaics, wind turbines, fuel cells, and microhydro. They also understand how active and passive solar technology (including geothermal systems) can be used to produce air conditioning via heat pumps and radiant floor heating. They comprehend solar hot water heating systems as well as well as tankless hot water heating. Graduates understand the importance of codes, standards, and permits as well as fees, financing, and payback. They also have the necessary skills to use electronic test equipment to make measurements, understand electrical schematics
and blueprints, analyze electronic circuits and understand fundamental design concepts. The graduates are ready to work in alternative energy product and service development, testing and alternative energy product certifications with an emphasis on the electrical and electronic systems. The SES program helps prepare you to take the Alternative Energy Integrator Certification examinations offered by the Electronics Technicians Association, International.
Successful graduates secure positions as sustainable energy system designers and consultants, sales and service professionals, or as part of an alternative energy hybrid system integration support team. Areas of employment as electronics technicians to support a wide variety of manufacturing and service needs are also included in career selections.
Graduates have the option to pursue a baccalaureate degree from Northern Illinois University and other select universities. Students are advised to contact the institution to which they plan to transfer to ensure course transfer credit availability. Students should also consult with an academic advisor, or the Dean or Academic Chair of the Sustainable Energy Systems program.
|EET-105||Introduction to Sustainable Energy||(3)|
|EET-107||Introduction to Codes and Standards||(3)|
|EET-141||DC/AC Circuits and Electronics I||(4)|
|EET-142||DC/AC Circuits and Electronics II||(4)|
|EET-168||Electronic Engineering Tech Intern||(1)|
|EET-190||Sustainable Electrical Energy Generation||(3)|
|EET-240||DC/AC Circuits and Electronics III||(4)|
|EET-251||Microcontrollers and Interfacing||(4)|
|EET-277||Geothermal, Solar Heating & Lighting||(3)|
|EET-282||EET Capstone Project||(3)|
|MET-100||Introductory CAD and Print Reading||(3)|
|EET-168||Electronic Engineering Tech Intern||(1)|
|EET-219||Fundamentals of Electric Motors & Contro||(3)|
|EET-239||Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)||(3)|
|EET-242||Sensors, Transducers, & Signal Cond||(3)|
|EET-285||Intro to Digital Signal Processing||(3)|
|EET-299||Special Topics in Electrical Engr Tech||(1)|
|EGR-101||Introduction to Engineering||(2)|
Any Liberal Arts area, such as ART, ECO, ENG, SOC, etc.
The course requirements for the EET and SES Degree Programs are very similar. Consequently, obtaining a second degree is an attractive option to many graduates. Specifically, a graduate of the EET Program may desire to obtain a second degree in SES. Conversely, a graduate of the SES Program may desire to obtain a second degree in EET.
Fundamentally, a minimum of 15 additional credits must be taken.
(This means an SES graduate must take 15 credits additionally to receive a second degree in EET.)
Students are advised to contact the Division of Engineering and Technology, (815) 921-3101 for more information about obtaining a second degree in this field.