Energy & Electronics

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Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

Getting a degree in Energy and Electronics from SCTCC opens many doors for graduates – there are so many possible career routes to take after graduation.

Many of our students choose to major with more than one degree to make them more versatile in the workforce. Students interested in Energy and Electronics can choose to major in energy technical specialist, instrumentation and process control, mechatronics, or robotics and automation technology.

If a student is interested in focusing their skills to earn an Energy Technical Specialist AAS, they will learn skills and knowledge for a career in traditional and renewable energy fields. Classwork includes electrical, electronic, and mechanical systems. Students can even choose to specialize in an area of wind energy, ethanol, biodiesel, fossil fuels, or power generation.

In our Instrumentation and Process Control program, students will learn electronic engineering principles and technical skills in the fields of instrumentation measurement, industrial control systems, automated systems, process control, plant equipment maintenance, embedded microcontrollers, and data acquisition systems.

Students who specialize in Mechatronics will be able to use their electronic engineering and technical skills in the fields of instrumentation and industrial control systems, digital and analog circuits, automated manufacturing and robotics, manufacturing and facilities maintenance, embedded microcontroller, and telecommunications systems. The mechatronics certificate option can be used to transfer to other electronics programs like Biomedical Technician.

The Robotics and Automation Technology program looks to the future of manufacturing. Graduates with the degree are able to build, repair, install, maintain, and program manufacturing equipment. Students can even solve engineering problems and design robotic and automated systems. At SCTCC, students will learn skills in the areas of robotic programming, electronics, flexible manufacturing, CAD systems, industrial communications, and overall system integration.

The 2019 placement data below may be affected by the COVID pandemic.

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2019 Placement Rate
$
36
Central MN Average Hourly Pay

From Degree to Career

When you choose the Energy & Electronics program at SCTCC, you’ll gain skills that will directly transfer to the workplace. Employers of past Energy & Electronics graduates include Park Industries, All Energy Solar, Xcel Energy, and Central McGowan, to name a few.  

Each specialized program at SCTCC equips students with different skills needed to succeed in their career focus area. We not only prepare students for further education, but for the workforce as well.

Every student, no matter the program is equipped with the skills to demonstrate safe and appropriate use of test equipment.

Energy Technical Specialist AAS

Students receiving a energy technical specialist AAS are able to maintain and repair electro-mechanical devices, equipment, and systems, demonstrate effective and efficient use of available resources, and demonstrate computer literacy through the use of word-processing, spreadsheet, database, and simulation software.Our graduates can even construct, test, and repair basic digital and analog electronic circuits.

Instrumentation and Process Control AAS

Students in the SCTCC instrumentation and process control program learn to maintain and repair electro-mechanical devices, equipment, and systems, construct, test, and repair basic digital and analog electronic circuits, and have the ability to troubleshoot and maintain an open and closed loop process while comfortably using precision calibration equipment.

After graduation, students can demonstrate effective and efficient use of available resources and computer literacy through the use of word-processing, spreadsheet, database, and simulation software.

Mechatronics AAS

The ability to maintain and repair electro-mechanical devices, equipment, and systems, demonstrate effective and efficient use of available resources, and construct, test, and repair basic digital and analog electronic circuits are all skills taught to mechatronics majors at SCTCC.

Students can also demonstrate computer literacy through the use of word-processing, spreadsheet, database, and simulation software and can perform predictive maintenance procedures and translate results into valid information to accurately predict failures that could occur in the future.

Robotics and Automation Technology AAS

With a robotics and automation technology degree, graduates have the ability to maintain and repair electro-mechanical devices, equipment, and systems, demonstrate effective and efficient use of available resources, and construct, test, and repair basic digital and analog electronic circuits.

Our graduates can also demonstrate computer literacy through the use of word-processing, spreadsheet, database, and simulation software and use manufacturer's programming manuals to set up advanced programing features.

Quick Glance

Energy Technical Specialist AAS

  • Maintain and repair electro-mechanical devices, equipment, and systems
  • Demonstrate effective and efficient use of available resources
  • Demonstrate computer literacy through the use of word-processing, spreadsheet, database, and simulation software.
  • Construct, test, and repair basic digital and analog electronic circuits.
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of test equipment.

Energy Technical Specialist-Nuclear AAS

  • Maintain and repair electro-mechanical devices, equipment, and systems
  • Demonstrate effective and efficient use of available resources
  • Demonstrate computer literacy through the use of word-processing, spreadsheet, database, and simulation software.
  • Construct, test, and repair basic digital and analog electronic circuits.
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of test equipment.
  • General knowledge of nuclear fusion, radiation levels and nuclear protocols.

Instrumentation & Process Control AAS

  • Maintain and repair electro-mechanical devices, equipment, and systems
  • Demonstrate effective and efficient use of available resources
  • Demonstrate computer literacy through the use of word-processing, spreadsheet, database, and simulation software.
  • Construct, test, and repair basic digital and analog electronic circuits.
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of test equipment.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and maintain an open and closed loop process while comfortably using precision calibration equipment.

Mechatronics AAS

  • Maintain and repair electro-mechanical devices, equipment, and systems
  • Demonstrate effective and efficient use of available resources
  • Demonstrate computer literacy through the use of word-processing, spreadsheet, database, and simulation software.
  • Construct, test, and repair basic digital and analog electronic circuits.
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of test equipment.
  • Perform predictive maintenance procedures and translate results into valid useful information to accurately predict failures that could occur in the future.

Robotics and Automation Technology AAS

  • Maintain and repair electro-mechanical devices, equipment, and systems
  • Demonstrate effective and efficient use of available resources
  • Demonstrate computer literacy through the use of word-processing, spreadsheet, database, and simulation software.
  • Construct, test, and repair basic digital and analog electronic circuits.
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of test equipment.
  • Use manufacturer's programming manuals to set up advanced programing features.

SCTCC equips every student with the skills needed to succeed in the workforce. Graduates from our energy and electronics programs have career opportunities working as power plant operators, electrical and electronic engineer technicians, nuclear technicians, and electronic equipment repair.

Our graduates have even worked as industrial electronics technicians, medical device testing and calibration workers, and automation technicians. Students have also utilized their skills to work in areas of power generation, robotics, and telecommunications.

Quick Glance

  • Power Plant operator
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineer Technician
  • Nuclear Technician
  • Industrial Electronics Technician
  • Electronic Equipment Repair
  • Medical device testing and calibration
  • Power generation
  • Robotics
  • Automation technician
  • Telecommunications

Energy and electronics graduates have gone one to work with well-respected companies like Park Industries, All Energy Solar, and Xcel Energy. By utilizing the skills taught in SCTCC classrooms, students are gaurenteed to find a job for them.

Our students have even worked with companies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Minnesota Electronica, Productivity Inc., Whirltronics, and Universal Hospital Services.

Quick Glance

  • Park Industries 
  • All Energy Solar
  • Department of Veterans Affairs 
  • Minnesota Electronica 
  • Xcel Energy 
  • Productivity Inc.
  • Whirltronics 
  • Universal Hospital Services 

Energy and Electronic instructor Aaron Barker is a FANUC Certified CERT Instructor.

FANUC instructors provide comprehensive technical CNC, robotics and ROBODRILL training, with interactive courses.

FANUC

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Ready to Take the Next Step?

Are you ready to learn more about the Energy & Electronics program and being a student at SCTCC? Contact our instructors directly or join us for a Manufacturing Info Session to meet with instructors and Admissions representatives to get started.

Connect with the SCTCC Admissions team:

  • Call us at 320-308-5089
  • Email us at enroll@sctcc.edu
  • On campus Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Paying for College

Students choose SCTCC for a lot of reasons, but saving money is one reason we hear from almost every student at SCTCC. We’ve got a breakdown of the costs for the program, along with information on financial aid and scholarships.

In addition to tuition and fees, expect to pay $174-2492 for books, materials, and supplies.

Apply just once, and students will be considered for all SCTCC Scholarships.

SCTCC Scholarships

Current Students

Current Energy & Electronics students - this is your place for information.

Aaron Barker
Phone: (320) 308-6518
Email: abarker@sctcc.edu

VEX Robotics Competition

VEX Robotics is a way for students to explore STEM learning through creating robots, solving problems, and competing at local, state, and national levels. SCTCC is proud to support VEX Robotics and welcomes students into its Energy & Electronics program who are excited about entering the field of robotics.

VEX Robotics

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