Program: Energy Technology (221-820-07)
Award: Career Studies Certificate 

Program Purpose:

This program is designed to provide students skills to work in the electric and energy industries as an entry-level technician or to provide upgraded skills to those currently working in the field.

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Interpret schematics drawings.
  • Show understanding of safety and legal requirements.
  • Identify purpose/ location of components and protection devices.
  • Use varied instruments to measure voltage, current and resistance.
  • Show knowledge of electrical/other controls.
  • Troubleshoot and repair systems at the component level.

How long will I need to be in college?

A college-ready student can complete this career studies certificate in three semesters. 

What job or career can I get with this career studies certificate?

Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required for various careers such as: maintenance technician, apprentice electricians, or solar panel installers.

What is the job outlook for graduates from this program?

As of the second quarter of 2023, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for Solar Photovoltaic Installers was 49.  There is projected annual demand/need for 6 new entrants into this occupation (Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Solar Photovoltaic Installer, January 2024).

How much can I earn with this career studies certificate?

Below are the 2023 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.


Entry Level



Solar Photovoltaic Installers




(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, January 2024)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.