Energy Technology Instrumentation Certificate (Locally Approved Certificate)


The Energy Technology Instrumentation Certificate Program is designed to provide students with skills and foundation knowledge in instrumentation, electronics, and programmable logic controllers necessary to pursue further education and/or seek entry level employment as technicians. Course requirements for this Certificate are listed below.

The Energy Technology Program provides individuals with training and education in technical and professional skills to work in the energy industry. Technicians with this education and training can provide support and assistance to engineers, geologists, and operations staff in a variety of career and job types. Skills attained are also transferable to other related professions such as manufacturing, food processing, renewable/alternative energy fields, and others.

Earnings Potential

The following positions typically require additional education or training, such as the Energy Technology: Associate in Science. These are technologist and technician options across several fields with their median annual wage according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: $60,220 for industrial engineering; $60,460 for mechanical engineering; $73,580 for aerospace engineering; $58,320 for civil engineering; $63,640 for electrical and electronic engineering; and $48.390 for environmental engineering.1

1 “Occupational Outlook Handbook.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 8 Sept. 2022. Accessed 19 April 2023.

Program Requirements

Energy Technology Instrumentation Certificate (Locally Approved Certificate) course requirements link. Please note: This link and all links for courses, below, go to the Taft College Catalog, an external website. Plan to return to the Taft College website.

Required Courses

Course Number  Title Credit(s)
ENER 1530 Electricity and Basic Electronics 3.00
ENER 1540 Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers 3.00
ENER 1610 Mechanical Systems 3.00
ENER 1620 Fundamentals of Instrumentation 3.00
    Total Credit Hours: 12

Any course listed may be used as a substitute for any Energy Technology major program requirement of equal or less unit value listed in current and prior catalogs. Substantial program changes have been submitted to the state for approval to include the most relevant courses and pre-existing courses have been inactivated or will not be made readily available for students to complete.

ENER 1530 Electricity and Electronics; ENER 1540 Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controller; ENER 1610 Mechanical Systems; ENER 1620 Fundamentals of Instrumentation; ENER 1503 Environmental Awareness and Regulatory Compliance. (See Office of Instruction Memo, 12/01/2017)

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