The Energy Technical Specialist A.A.S. is a degree that has been developed using funding from a U. S. Department of Labor High Growth Job Training initiative Grant. The goal of the degree is to train students in the field of energy technology. Due to the increasing age of the current energy workforce and the growth of the renewable energy industry, it is estimated that there will be a great demand for skilled workers in the energy industry. The energy Technical Specialist, A.A.S. degree will convey the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in both traditional and renewable energy fields. The degree will prepare students for work (primarily as technicians) in the following industries: coal-fired electric power generation, natural gas distribution, ethanol production, biodiesel production, wind turbine maintenance or solar energy.
DCTC offers this additional focus for students wishing to pursue training as nuclear energy maintenance technicians that meets the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) standards. It is the goal to have the graduates of the Energy Technical Specialist A.A.S. degree and the nuclear energy advanced training to meet the Nuclear Energy Institutes (NEI) standards. These graduates will have the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain entry-level employment in the nuclear energy industry. This program will utilize the Uniform Curriculum Guide, which was developed as part of an industry-wide workforce strategy to standardize curriculum and increase efficiency of new and qualified nuclear workers focused on maintenance and non-licensed operators.