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Hagerstown Community College / HCC

Academic Catalog

2020-2021 Catalog 
    May 28, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Alternative Energy Technology, A.A.S.

The Alternative Energy Technology Program is designated as a Statewide Program; therefore, some residents of Maryland enrolled in this program of study on the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion.

The Alternative Energy Technology Program prepares students to enter the industrial/commercial/residential setting in the growing areas of renewable energy (i.e., solar, wind, and geothermal technologies). Within the Alternative Energy Technology Program, students can earn progressive levels of certificates toward employment and/or the degree. The methods of instruction include hands-on training as well as classroom instruction. Real-world lab environment will include experiments with solar, wind, and geothermal equipment, use of meters, measurements and calculations of values. This program of study embraces the body of knowledge found in national certifications for renewable energy professionals. This A.A.S. program is a career degree, preparing students for the workforce after graduation. However, students can opt to transfer to a four-year program rather than start a career, but should confer with advisors and transferring institutions for specific requirements.

Program Pathways

Fall Admission Cohort: 
First Year Fall   First Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits    Course Number Course Name Credits 
MAT 101
MAT 114
College Algebra
Introduction to Applied Algebra
3   ENG 112 Technical Writing 3
INT 101 Introduction to Industrial Technology 3   Gen Ed Arts/Humanities 3
ELE 110 Fundamentals of Electricity 4   ELE 113 Instrumentation and Process Control I 3
AET 102 Introduction to Alternative Energy 3   INT 105 Plumbing and Pipe Fitting  3
BUS 145
STU 106
Customer Service
Professionalism in the Workplace
1   PHY 112
PHY 201
Applied Physics (3 credits)
General Physics I (4 credits)
*(transfer students should take PHY 201)
TOTAL   14   TOTAL   15
Second Year Fall   Second Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
Gen Ed Diversity 3   Gen Ed Behavioral/Social Science 3
INT 107 Introduction to HVAC/R 3   ADM 258 Advanced Motors, Machines, and Devices 3
AET 106 Photovoltaic Installation 3   AET 104 Geothermal Installation 3
INT 120 Introduction to OSHA 1   AET 108 Wind Energy Installation 3
INT 121 Facilities Codes and Compliance 2   Restricted Elective   Choose from the list; 3-4 credits 4
Restricted Elective Choose from the list; 3-4 credits 3        
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   16

General Education Requirements (18-19 Credits)


Behavioral/Social Sciences

Biological/ Physical Science

Students intending to transfer should take the General Physics course.



* A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for ENG-112

Degree Requirements (60 Credits)