Energy Technologies

Make Your Mark on Nevada's Changing Landscape

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Energy and energy efficiency technologies are driving significant economic growth in the United States. In recent years, these industries generated 8.5 million new jobs nationally.

Nevada is rapidly becoming a leader in the clean energy industry. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, Nevada ranks first in solar resources. The state is also the largest producer of geothermal energy per capita in the nation and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development lists energy as a key industry targeted for development and growth in the coming decade. Expansion of the energy sector, however, depends on the availability of skilled technicians.

TMCC offers the only comprehensive Energy Technologies Technician Training program in Nevada. Our AAS degrees emphasizes clean energy technologies – geothermal, solar, and wind – and provide classroom instruction enhanced with hands-on training developed with the input of industry professionals.

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Programs


Geothermal Engery

Geothermal Energy Program

The Geothermal Energy Program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to enter the workforce in the renewable energy field as Geothermal Power Plant Operators (GPO). GPOs control and monitor geothermal production for power plants. They regulate and distribute power among generators, monitor instruments to maintain voltage, and regulate electricity current from the plant. GPOs need strong mechanical, electrical, technical, and computer skills.

Graduates of this program will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply knowledge and skills to the operation of a geothermal power plant;
  • Identify, analyze, and solve typical technical problems associated with the operation of a geothermal power plant;
  • Communicate with and function effectively on a team; and
  • Apply knowledge of environmental regulations for the operation of geothermal power plants.

Additionally, graduates will have a respect for diversity and life-long learning; understand professional, ethical, and social responsibilities; and have a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Career Opportunities

A GPO may advance with additional experience, training, and technical study to Senior Power Plant Operator, Shift Supervisor, and other plant management positions. Recommended high school subjects: two years of algebra, one year of science, and one year of computer literacy.


Power Plant Operator

Power plant operators control and monitor pumps, vaporizers, condensers, turbines, generators, and auxiliary equipment used in power plants. They distribute power among generators, regulate the output from several generators, and monitor instruments to maintain voltage and regulate electricity flow from the plant. Computers are used to generate reports, maintain records, and track maintenance.

Power plant operators generally need a combination of higher education, on-the-job training, and experience. Power plant operators also need strong mechanical, electrical, technical, and computer skills.


Solar Energy

Solar Energy Program

The Solar Energy Program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to enter the workforce in the renewable energy field as technicians in solar photovoltaic and thermal installations. The solar energy technician completes accurate site assessment and energy demand analysis from which a solar energy system will be designed and installed. Solar energy technicians need strong electrical, technical, and computer skills.

Graduates of this program will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the operation of photovoltaic and solar thermal system.
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve technical problems associated with the photovoltaic and solar thermal installations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of environmental regulations in the installations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of environmental regulations in the installation of photovoltaic and solar thermal systems.

The program prepares students to sit for industry-recognized certifications required to enter the workforce.

See Also: TMCC's Renewable Energy Monitoring (solar arrays and wind turbines)


Wind Energy

Wind Energy Program

The Wind Energy Program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to enter the workforce in the renewable energy field as large and small wind installers. Wind installers complete an accurate resource assessment and energy demand analysis from which a wind system will be designed and installed. Wind installers need strong mechanical, electrical, technical, and computer skills.

Graduates of this program will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the operation of wind turbines and wind farms.
  • Solve technical problems associated with wind turbines.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of environmental regulations in the installation of wind turbines.

The program prepares students to sit for industry-recognized certifications required to enter the workforce.

See Also: TMCC's Renewable Energy Monitoring (solar arrays and wind turbines)