Sustainable Energy, Specialized Diploma



Participants will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of energy conversion, conservation, sustainability and the role energy has played in the development of modern society. Combining fundamental coursework in electrical technology with courses in energy policy will help students develop a broad perspective on the issues, challenges, and potential solutions for global sustainable energy. This specialized diploma program offers students an introduction to the wide range of topics associated with sustainable energy, including electrical fundamentals, hands-on training experiences, and public policy development.


Students completing the program requirements will gain a broad understanding of the sustainable energy landscape, including global energy policy, energy fundamentals, current renewable energy alternatives, and practical hands-on electrical skills. After completion of the second semester Solar Photovoltaics System course students are eligible to sit for the NABCEP associate level exam (optional). Most of the completed courses may be applied towards a certificate or 2 year degree at NCC in Electrical Construction Technology, HVAC Technology, or Construction Management.

Admission to the program is open to any student meeting the standard college entrance requirements. To complete the on-campus program in a timely basis, students should meet with the electrical program manager for advising prior to entering the program.

Contact the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 for further information.


Students who complete the Sustainable Energy Specialized Diploma program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Describe basic concepts as utilized for the transmission and storage of energy.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking when evaluating and discussing alternative forms of energy generation.
  • Apply mathematics to evaluate the relative costs of sustainable energy.
  • Qualified to sit for the NABCEP PV Associate Examination.


First Semester

ELTC130Introduction to Sustainable Ener gy

3 credits

EMEC101Electrical Fundamentals

3 credits

GEOG121Environmental Sustainability

3 credits


MATH103Applications in Mathematics

3 credits


MATH140College Algebra

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Second Semester

CISC101Introduction to Computers

3 credits

ENGL101English I

3 credits

HUMA150Nature of the Environment

3 credits

ELTC222Solar Photovoltaic Systems I

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 24

+MATH140 is recommended for students who wish to continue into the Associate in Applied Science degree (Electrical Contruction Technology, Construction Management or Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration) or who have plans to transfer.