This two-year program gives students access to an industry recognised qualification, leading to a new and exciting career as a skilled para-professional in the fast-growing renewable energy technologies sector.
It provides students with the knowledge required by Engineers Australia to work within the industry, as well as practical experience through professional experience placements arranged by Hunter TAFE. There is a choice of specialisations reflecting the diverse opportunities available within the industry – from the process of conversion and storage of energy, to infrastructure and associated electrical and mechanical engineering activities. Students can also use the program as a pathway into the third year of a bachelor degree in renewable energy technologies at the University of Newcastle.
Graduates of the course will have the knowledge and practical skills required to work as a para-professional in the renewable energy sector, in government, corporate, environmental and small business enterprises.
With a recognised skills shortage in all engineering professions, including electrical, mechanical, and civil engineering, an opportunity exists for tradespeople with experience in environmentally sustainable energy design and implementation to be part of an expanding employment sector.
The Clean Energy Council forecasts long-term growth in the sector, and our Associate Degree program offers graduates the chance to further their experience and move into a range of engineering-related positions (some requiring further study), including:
- civil engineer specialising in renewable energy
- electrical engineer specialising in renewable energy
- engineering associate
- mechanical engineer specialising in renewable energy
- solar power engineer
- solar power technician
- sustainable energy consultant.
The associate degree also provides a pathway into the third year of the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Renewable Energy) at the University of Newcastle and provides the underpinning body of knowledge required by Engineers Australia.
The Associate Degree offered by TAFE NSW Higher Education and Hunter TAFE will give you the combination of practical and theoretical knowledge you need to develop a rewarding career. The analysis and research methods you will learn will put you in an excellent position, whether you want to continue immediately on your career path or pursue higher level study. You will even apply your skills and knowledge in a real workplace as part of your coursework.
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