Energy Systems Technology

Students completing this program will have obtained the basic skill sets required to assume an entry- level position within the power generation industry. The Energy Systems Technology program provides College of the Desert students with opportunities for immediate employment in the power generation industries. Upon program completion, students will be prepared to enter the field as a Utility Employee, Solar Integrator, Union Electrician, Operations and Maintenance Technician, Photovoltaic System Designer, or Photovoltaic Systems Sales Person. Specific objectives for the Energy Systems Technology program include:              

  • Equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to comprehend the five disciplines of renewable energy and their impact on the developing world.
  • Educating students in the areas of fossil fuels and the corresponding economic and environmental impact.
  • Preparing students with the information and background needed to work in a vertically integrated renewable energy industry.

Advisors: 

George Brown
gjbrown@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 568-3238 

Ramiro Galicia
rgalicia@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 674-7833 

Certificates of Achievement

ESYS 001  Introduction To The Power Industry Units: 3

An overview of our current power generation infrastructure,methods of power generation and potential employment opportunities will be examined in this course. These areas will be supported by the fundamentals of the power industry including safety practices, power industry economics and the future of the power industry. An introduction to construction math, hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, material handling and basic rigging will form the basis of knowledge for entering into the power industry. Communication and employability skills will be introduced to provide the student with additional "soft-skill" workforce training.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070 and MATH-060
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESYS 002  Electricity & Electrical Theory Units: 3

This course provides a solid foundation of the theory behind electricity, electrical circuits, circuit components, electrical test equipment and safe practices when working with electricity.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070 and MATH-060
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESYS 003  Energy Systems Technology Units: 3

This course will explore various methods of power generation with an emphasis on renewable energy technologies. Students will take a hands-on approach in the examination of the rankin cycle, steam generation, gas turbine operation,biofuel production, geoexchange systems, solar power production,wind power production and hydro-power production. Students will engage in discussion regarding cost effectiveness, viability and practicality of each of these technologies.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ESYS-004 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESYS 004  Industrial Calculations Units: 3

This contextualized math course provides Career and Technical Education (CTE) specific applications of basic math skills. It is intended for CTE students seeking a certificate. Topics include adding, subracting, multiplying, and dividing rational numbers, percentages, ratios and proportions measurement,and career applications.
Lecture Hours: 45         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESYS 005  Zero Net Energy Building Science Units: 4

Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Building Science includes an overview of many progressive measures that improve the energy performance of buildings. Studies focus on architectural design of building, construction methodology, green HVAC systems, renewable energy systems and the terminology used in the ZNE Industry. A survey of projects, policies and programs driving ZNE performance in residential and non-residential buildings will be studied.
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ESYS-004 and ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESYS 006  Fundamentals of Building Commissioning Units: 3

Building Commissioning (Cx) is the process of verifying that a building?s systems operate as intended. Commissioning Technicians (CxT) and Commissioning Agents (CxA) work in a team environment, coordinating directly with architects, engineers, subcontractors, and the building owner to oversee, examine, and verify that the building systems are designed, installed, and tested according to the project?s design specifications. This introductory course focuses on how the building commissioning process is applied to new and existing buildings. Students will learn the fundamentals of the commissioning process through each step of a construction project ? from predesign to occupancy and operations.
Lecture Hours: 45         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ARCH-011 and ACR-090 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: ESYS-004 and ACR-075
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ESYS 095A  Energy Systems Technology Work Experience Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all work experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose jobs are directly related to energy systems technology.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None