Energy Technology — Alternative Energy

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

Covers alternative automotive propulsion, green construction, energy system design, blueprint reading; wind, solar, and fuel cell technology, geothermal systems, refrigeration, and AC/DC electricity.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Distinguish the full range of renewable energy technologies and their applications
  • Describe how mechanical components of renewable energy technologies that are economically relevant work (wind, solar PV, solar thermal, batteries, geothermal, small hydropower, fuel cells, alternatively fueled vehicles, and biomass)
  • Demonstrate basic principles of electrical repair and installation while employing appropriate safety measures
  • Demonstrate the installation, maintenance, and repair of small wind generators, solar PV, solar thermal hot water systems, basic biomass combustion systems, and above-ground components of geothermal systems following manufacturer specifications
  • Compare and contrast the environmental impact and economic role of both traditional and alternative energy supplies
  • Perform building energy audits for residential and commercial buildings
  • Perform energy efficient upgrades to building envelopes, HVAC equipment, and controls
  • Describe and apply mechanical, building, plumbing, electrical, and energy codes, standards, local ordinances, and state, and federal regulations

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

Complete 15 credits from:

  1. American Society, Events, Institutions and Cultures Outcome: Complete at least one course:

  2. Computer Literacy Outcome: Complete at least one course:

  3. Critical Thinking Outcome: Complete at least one non-activity based course numbered 100 or higher

  4. Information Literacy and Written Communication Outcome: Take either English sequence:

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
68.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 
Industrial Technology
Energy Technology


Industrial Technology Division • (313) 845-9656 • • Technology Bldg • Room: E-172
Gregory Laskowsky • (313) 317-1550 • • Technology Bldg • Room: E-115D

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Siena Heights University
  • Wayne State University
Career Opportunities: 
  • Automotive - Fuels, Battery
  • Developing jobs in wind, photovoltaic, construction, automotive, consulting, design, and financial development.
  • Energy Auditing - Weatherization
  • Fuel Cell Technology
  • Geothermal - Planning, Development
  • Photovoltaic - Installations, Sales, Design
  • Wind Turbine - Manufacture, Assembly, Assessment