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Engineering Technology

Associate Degree Specialization in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power

Explore Your Future in Alternative Energy with an Associate Degree Program Specialization


Use software and simulation tools to explore alternative energy technologies such as hydroelectricity, geothermal power, wind and solar electricity, as well as waste fuel ecosystems with DeVry University’s Associate in Engineering Technology Program with a specialization in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power.


This specialization, anchored by our Tech Core curriculum, is designed to help you build a foundation of interdisciplinary skills you’ll need for today’s Internet of Things (IoT) economy while teaching you relevant skills in operating systems, programming, hardware, connectivity and security. 


Get To Know Our Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power Degree Specialization

Our online Associate in Engineering Technology Degree Program with a Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power specialization takes students who want to make a difference in the world deep into the future of alternative energy. You’ll:

  • Learn about motors, generators and battery technologies

  • Understand the smart grid and integrated alternate energy technologies

  • Build circuits and analyze, voltage, current and power outputs

  • Explore a variety of alternate energy technologies such as photovoltaics, solar thermal systems, wind power, hydroelectricity, alternative fuels and geothermal power.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Accreditation and Recognition Matter


ETAC of ABET accredits postsecondary, degree-granting programs that meet their global standards for technical education. This is a global mark of quality that is valued by employers and professional associations within the Engineering Technology field. The Associate in Engineering Technology is accredited by The Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (ETAC of ABET)

In addition to this programmatic accreditation, DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),

Why DeVry?

Why Choose Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power at DeVry?

Complimentary Laptop

You’ll get a complimentary laptop as part of your technology program.3 It’s our way of investing in your education—and you.

Work With IoT Technologies & Systems

Immerse yourself in the Internet of Things (IoT) world and obtain hands-on experience with IoT, cloud, software and security technologies and systems.

Questions for our admissions team?
our Information Technology and Networking Program
Minimum Completion Time*
1 year
4 months
Normal Completion Time
2 years


Choose the schedule that best fits your goals and commitments. You can earn your Associate Degree in as little as  1 year 4 months.*

Or, follow a normal schedule and complete your program in 2 years.**

*Minimum schedule does not include breaks and assumes 3 semesters of year-round, full-time enrollment in 15-17 credit hours a semester per 12-month period.

**Normal schedule does not include breaks and assumes 2 semesters of enrollment in 15-17 credit hours per semester per 12-month period.

Knowledge & Skills

What You'll Learn

Our Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power Degree Specialization will cover topics such as:

  • Sustainability
    Assess different renewable energy sources and storage options best suited for a selected region.
  • Alternative Energy
    Understand how conventional energy sources can be replaced by alternate energy technologies.
  • Understanding Machines and Power
    Explore how power systems are used to generate, transmit and deliver energy to consumers.
  • Circuit Analysis
    Design and analyze circuits ensuring proper construction, voltage and currents.
  • Automation and Control
    Configure and troubleshoot control systems.
  • Digital Literacy
    Learn to apply appropriate technologies in order to solve digital issues and problems within databases.
  • Communicate Methods and Findings
    Learn to communicate the rationale behind research methods and recommendations while presenting performance objectives, issues and solutions.
  • Collaborate in Dynamic Work Environments
    Learn to collaborate with colleagues in varying locations and environments to coordinate and share information.
  • Complex Problem-Solving
    Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify complex problems, evaluate options and implement solutions.
Industry Aligned Curriculum

Elements of the curriculum are aligned to industry certifications to help you validate your knowledge and skills as you prepare to pursue such certification exams as:

  • CompTIA A+

  • CompTIA ITF+

  • CompTIA Linux+

  • PCEP Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer

Our History

Strong Legacy in Tech

At DeVry University, our first Associate in Electronics Engineering Technology degree was accredited in 1955, and we offered our first Bachelor’s in Electronics Engineering Technology 14 years later. This program honors our deep experience in engineering technology education while providing a modern curriculum designed to meet the unique challenges of the 21st century.

Stackable Programs

Stackable Credits – Apply Credits to the Next Degree Level at DeVry

All courses from this Associate in Engineering Technology with Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power specialization stack into our Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology.2 Build your skills—and make use of your credits earned—on your schedule. 

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^The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.


Career Opportunities in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power Specialization

Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power Specialization

Built on a solid Tech Core, the online Associate in Engineering Technology Program with a Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power specialization prepares you to tackle climate change as you learn to harness, use and analyze a variety of alternative energy technologies.

With a Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power degree specialization, you can consider careers including, but not limited to:

  • Electrical Engineering Technician

    This position allows you to assist an electrical engineer with the design, development and testing of electrical control systems and equipment, including those that connect to the smart grid. Depending on the specific role, your work might be hands-on or more theoretical in nature.

  • Field Service Technician

    As a field service technician, you’re responsible for installing, maintaining and repairing equipment, such as wind turbines or solar batteries. You’ll spend the majority of your time visiting sites where the equipment is housed.

  • Engineering Technologist (General)

    General engineering technologists meet many different challenges across a wide variety of engineering specialties. Under the guidance of an engineer, you might work in product design, field engineering or technical operations across the renewable energy sector.

  • Wind Turbine Service Technicians

    Inspect, diagnose, adjust, or repair wind turbines. Perform maintenance on wind turbine equipment including resolving electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic malfunctions.

  • Solar Energy Systems Technician

    Perform site-specific engineering analysis or evaluation of energy efficiency and solar projects involving residential, commercial, or industrial customers. Design solar domestic hot water and space heating systems for new and existing structures, applying knowledge of structural energy requirements, local climates, solar technology, and thermodynamics.

Program Courses

Course Options

The online Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power degree specialization consists of a minimum of 64 credit hours divided into:

  • General Education (Essentials)

    26 credits

  • Tech Core

    12 credits

  • Program Focus

    15 credits

  • Career Preparation

    1 credit

  • Specialization

    10 credits

General Education Courses
Communication skills

+ Choose one below:

Public Speaking
Intercultural Communication

+ Choose one below:

Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Social Sciences
Culture and Society
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Algebra for College Students
Everyday Physics
Personal and Professional Development
Career Development
Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
Tech Core Courses
Tech Core
Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
Introduction to Operating Systems
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Digital Devices
Program Courses
Program Focus
Electronic Device and System Foundations
Automation and Controls

+ Choose three from below:

Introduction to Computer-Aided Design
Generative Design
Industrial IoT
Manufacturing Processes and Systems
Electromechanical Systems
Fundamentals of Information Technology and Networking
Introduction to Cloud Computing
Fundamentals of Information System Security
Design of Experiments
Career Preparation
Introduction to Technical Project Management
Specialized Courses
Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power
Introduction to Sustainability

+ Choose two below:

Introduction to Alternative Energy Technologies
Power Electronics and Alternative Energy Applications
Electric Machines and Power Systems

Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power FAQs

What is a sustainable energy degree?

A degree in sustainable energy, sometimes called a sustainability degree, is a degree that covers topics related to the generation, distribution and research of sustainable energy from water, wind, the sun or renewable sources like biomatter. In the case of our Associate Degree in Engineering Technology with a specialization in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power, our degree program aims to prepare you to work with and understand the various technologies that generate and distribute renewable energies in an efficient manner.

Are sustainable and renewable energy the same?

Despite often being used interchangeably, there is a difference between sustainable and renewable energy. Renewable energy refers to resources that can be replenished in a reasonable time, like crops, wood and other biomatter. Sustainable energy is derived from sources that cannot be depleted, such as wind power and solar energy. Hydroelectricity is often considered a sustainable energy generation method, though water can be depleted in the event of severe droughts caused by climate change.

What degrees are best for pursuing a career in renewable energy?

In general, the best degrees for people looking to work toward a career in renewable energy are engineering degrees with a specialization in renewable and sustainable energy. DeVry's Associate Degree in Engineering Technology Program with a specialization in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Power can be a great place to get started as this degree program gives you the opportunity to build your engineering skills while learning about specific considerations for green energy.

Academic Catalog
2023 - 2024 Academic Catalog
Program Guides
Program Overview

1As part of this program, one complimentary laptop is provided to students enrolled in the Associate in Information Technology and Networking, Associate in Engineering Technology, Associate in Network Systems Administration, Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking, Bachelor’s in Software Development, Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology, Bachelor’s in Cyber Security and Networking and Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems. The laptop is issued during the student’s second session. Certain restrictions apply.
2At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied. Future programmatic changes could impact the application of credits to a future program. Refer to the academic catalog for details.
*The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.