Solar Photovoltaic Installation STEM Emphasis

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree

This program provides courses in the electrical and photovoltaic subject areas as well as the required general education courses to prepare students to transfer to a university. Students should work closely with an Academic Advisor regarding the requirements at a specific four-year institution.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate increased knowledge and ability in subjects related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through completion of courses as part of the AGEC (Arizona General Education Curriculum); as well as 1) basic knowledge in the installation of both residential and commercial photovoltaic panels preparing them to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Examination. 2) competency in communication, critical thinking, quantitative analysis and technological applications prepare the student for career opportunities in the manufacturing industry with an emphasis on plant electrical operations and solar technology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of basic blueprint terms, components, and symbols. Explain the different types of blueprint drawings and how to interpret and use drawing dimensions (NCCER 00105-09 – Introduction to Construction Drawings, subject to revision).
  • Explain the effect of electric current in the body.
  • Identify types of single-phase and three-phase transformers; perform voltage and current calculations.
  • Describe the wiring methods and equipment.
  • Describe the operating principles of contactors and relays and select contactors and relays for use in specific electrical systems.
  • Define planning and describe its importance and what it involves.
  • Select and properly use fall-protection equipment.
  • Describe how temperature, discharge and charge rates and electrolyte specific gravity affect battery capacity and life.
  • Identify concerns and requirements for charge controller applications and installation.
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of installing a Solar-PV system.
  • Identify factors to consider in a preliminary assessment, including the local solar resource, environmental conditions and building code and utility interconnection requirements.