SUNY Jefferson

Energy Technology Certificate

Please note that the Energy Technology Certificate program at Jefferson Community College is no longer accepting applications. This program will be discontinued starting December 31, 2020.

Program Type: Career
Delivery: On-campus 
Personal Interests: Energy technologies
Skills development: Energy production and conservation
Career Options: HVAC, electricians, solar

Energy program

The program is designed to prepare you for direct entry into a wide variety of jobs throughout the growing energy industry and can further enhance the knowledge of electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians and contractors already working in the energy field.

You will gain hands-on experience and knowledge in selected areas of energy production along with the related systems of generation and energy transmission. Graduates will possess a working understanding of theories of basic electrical, basic plumbing and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) as they relate to the energy field. Upon successful completion of JCC’s Energy Technology Certificate, you can obtain several third-party, energy industry certificates and will be prepared to obtain additional certifications. You may also choose to further your college education. This one-year program will prepare you for related associate and bachelor degrees.

What you can expect to learn

Graduating from the Energy Technology Certificate program will:

  • Demonstrate a working understanding of the theories of basic electrical, basic plumbing, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) as they relate to the energy field
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and the proper application of all safety procedures as it relates to the energy field
  • Demonstrate proper care, use and maintenance of all tools and measuring instruments
  • Describe the fundamental principles of solar energy systems
  • Demonstrate use of appropriate technology in the planning and documenting of energy systems
  • Demonstrate workforce readiness through obtaining third-party certificates
  • Demonstrate an understanding of energy and sustainability options

Certifications you can do

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be ready for employment in the energy industry and will be eligible to receive the following third party certificates:

  • National Career Readiness Certificate
  • Skills USA Energy Industry Employability Skills Certificate
  • OSHA 10-hour General Industry Certificate
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Additionally, graduates become eligible to take North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) entry–level examinations in solar heating (SH) and photovoltaics (PV).

Careers you may have

Careers in the energy sector include a range of entry-level positions. Different sectors include:

  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Geothermal
  • Hydroelectric
  • Nuclear
  • Building Performance
  • Power Transmission

Within each sector there are opportunities in installation, manufacturing, plant operations, sales and marketing. 

Requirements for the Energy Technology Certificate 

Energy Technology Requirements  (14 credits)

EGY 110: Energy Workforce Readiness* 
EGY 130: Electrical Theory and Practice for Energy Workers 
EGY 135: Plumbing/ HVAC** for Energy Workers 
EGY 142: Photovoltaic (PV) Systems 1***  
EGY 146: Solar Heating (SH) Systems 1****  

Mathematics and Science Requirements (6 credits)

MTH 133 - Technical Math or MTH 166 or MTH 185 or higher 
SCI 110 - Energy and the Environment  

Computer Information Systems Requirements (6 credits)

CIS 110: Introduction to Computing with Microcomputers 
CIS/GIS 150: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 

English Requirements (3 credits)

ENG 100 - College Composition or higher 

Health Requirements (1 credit)

HEA 102: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 

Total 30 credit hours


Advising Notes:

*Course currently includes:
National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT)
Skills USA Energy Industry Employability Skills Certificate (Center for Energy Workforce Development)
OSHA 10 hour General Industry Certificate (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
**Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning

*** Upon completion students are eligible to take NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) PV Entry Level Exam

**** Upon completion students are eligible to take NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) SH Entry Level Exam. 

Program contact

Jack N. Donato
Chair - computer science/energy department and professor of computer science
jdonato@sunyjefferson.edu
(315) 786-2455

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
admissions@sunyjefferson.edu
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522