Sustainable Energy FAQ

Need a quick snapshot of what our Sustainable Energy program offers? Check out our FAQs below.

The Sustainable Energy field is one of the fastest growing industries, and getting started at NCC is a cost-effective way to maximize your career potential. If you're unsure if this is the path for you, check out some of our frequently asked questions below to get more information about the degree, career outlook, articulation agreements and program requirments. If you have more questions, or would like to visit our site, please call 610-332-6262; M-F. 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or email our Program Manager, Ron Fornarotto, at We look forward to working together!

Is the program offered full-time and part-time, and can I start in either the Fall or Spring?

  • The program can be completed full-time and part-time, and you can start in the Spring, Summer or Fall. 
  • All classes have evening options except for HUMA150, which is is the only course not offered at night. 
  • Electrical Technology A.A.S. students can complete this additional program by taking specific Gen-Eds, and technical electives. If this is of interest, please notify your advisor to help you map out your course selections.

Are there industry certifications students can obtain as part of the program?

Students are eligible to take NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam upon completion of ELTC222.

What is the difference between a Specialized Diploma, Certificate, and Associate's in Applied Science?

A Specialized Diploma is a two-semester program; the Certificate is a three-semester program, and the Associates in Applied Science is a four-semester program. Each program is stackable, which means you can complete one program and transfer the credits into the next program in sequence. Wages would increase based on the program completed.

What is the average starting salary?

Specialized Diploma - $13-20/hr

What are the physical requirements with this career choice?

Climbing ladders and scaffolds, lifting heavy objects, working in outdoor environments on any given day; rain, dirt, mud, snow, etc. Crawl spaces, attic spaces, rooftops, trenches, etc.

How much hands-on exposure is there?

100%, our classes focus on preparing students with hands-on, real-life experience as part of the curriculum.

What are the career opportunities for this major?

Specialized Diploma - Entry-level technician, with more training and education more opportunities are available

What is the career placement percentage?

Excellent, there is an extreme shortage of Electricians with Sustainable Energy knowledge currently in the area.

What local companies have hired past graduates?

There are no specific companies in the Lehigh Valley that hire full-time employees with only a Specialized Diploma in Sustainable Energy.  Companies who hire NCC’s Electrical Technologies AAS graduates consider this Specialized Diplome an additional skill set to utilize when doing this type of work.

Are there online course options within this program?

Many of the courses in the program are offered online.

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