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Department of Applied Computing & Electronics

The University of Montana

Energy Technology

Program Director: Dr. Bradley Layton

Program Description

The Energy Technology Program introduces students to the full suite of energy systems and technologies—traditional and renewable—and prepares them for careers in the rapidly expanding energy industry.

Graduates of the program are general practitioners skilled in design, installation, maintenance, and operation of energy systems; site identification and assessment; structural audits for energy efficiency and conservation; project management; regulatory compliance; and basic economic, environmental and social impact assessments. These specialized skills are built upon a strong education in business, computing, communications, math, and science.

The program offers a 69-credit Associate of Applied Science degree as well as a 30-credit Certificate of Applied Science.

Student Outcomes

Upon completion students will:

  • Understand the basics of energy production, delivery, consumption, and waste disposal
  • Comprehend traditional, alternative, and sustainable energy production technologies
  • Evaluate energy production sites
  • Identify factors affecting energy efficiency and conservation
  • Assist in the design, installation, maintenance, and management of energy systems
  • Assess societal, economic, environmental, ethical, and legal impacts of energy systems
  • Identify and practice safe workplace habits
  • Develop and practice professional standards of communication and management skills

Special Features of Program

  • Broad-based curriculum enables graduates to seek employment in different sectors of the energy industry in Montana as these emerge and grow
  • Industry and professional participation in curriculum building, internship sites, and practicum sites provides students with early and frequent contact with potential employers
  • Graduates trained as mid-level project and personnel managers as well as general practitioners able to practice and work in a wide variety of positions in the energy sector

Related Job Titles

  • Biofuel-plant operators/technicians
  • Construction workers
  • Energy efficiency auditors
  • Energy technicians
  • Environmental assessment technicians
  • Equipment suppliers
  • Field energy analysts
  • Geothermal technicians
  • Grid and pipeline operators/technicians
  • Project technicians
  • Project managers
  • Renewable energy site assessment technicians
  • Solar photovoltaic and solar thermal installers
  • Wind technicians

Program Delivery

  • The Energy Technology degree may be earned 100% online with two exceptions: Campus residency is currently required for completion of ETEC 113 Circuits Lab (offered during Week 1 of the Summer Session) and NRGY 195 Practicum (offered during Weeks 2 and 3 of the Summer Session).
  • The majority of core and elective Energy Technology courses are offered via a hybrid delivery mode whereby students living in or near Missoula can attend face-to-face lectures on East Campus.  Most lectures are delivered either by web-streaming and/or archival format to provide program accessibility for distance students.
  • In addition to ETEC 113 (1 credit, 45 hours) and NRGY 195 (2 credits, 90 hours), both of which are hands-on learning courses, Energy Technology students also are required to complete an internship, NRGY 298 (2 credits, 90 hours).
  • In addition to these 235 hours of hands-on learning, students may also participate in NRGY 296 Independent Study or NRGY 297 Undergraduate Research for additional laboratory-based learning experience.
  • For those students preferring the classroom, many of the courses are offered in a traditional classroom setting.  The list below identifies those courses which are offered online only:
    • All Energy Electives - 15 cr.
    • ITS 221 Project Management - 3 cr.
    • NRGY 213 Power Systems Technology - 3 cr.
    • NRGY 214 Energy Storage and Distribution Systems - 3 cr.
    • NRGY 235 Building Energy Efficiency - 3 cr.

Academic Partnerships 

Curriculum articulations are in place with other institutions in the Montana University Systems.  All students are required to complete 51% of their courses through The University of Montana in Missoula.  The program is interested in partnering with students and other institutions to create articulations for the delivery of this program. Currently articulated partnerships exist with:

Other Partners

Missoula College

Applied Computing & Electronics

Missoula College UM

909 South Avenue West

Missoula, MT 59801

(406) 243-7916

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