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Sustainable Energy Technology - B. Tech

This program has been deactivated as of July 2020. We will no longer be accepting students into this degree. Please check out our other degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology.

The FUTURE of Energy: Innovative New Technologies

The Bachelors of Technology program in Sustainable Energy Systems presents the engineering and technology of the field in the context of society and resource management. This interdisciplinary program includes hands-on training in wind, solar, biofuel, fuel cell, HVAC and geothermal technologies in the broader perspective of life cycle assessment, natural resource management, and social acceptance of these expanding energy sources.

The global transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy requires a workforce that can apply engineering and resource management principles to wind, solar, biofuel, fuel cell and geothermal technologies. This hands-on, multidisciplinary program not only provides in-depth technical knowledge about sustainable energy systems, but teaches ancillary skills like effective project management and communication, as well as the intricacies of government policy and big-picture thinking. This offers graduates the skills needed to fulfill a wide array of job opportunities within this rapidly-expanding industry and the foundation to build on in a quickly changing environment.

IREC Accredited Training ProviderSUNY Canton is one of five IREC accredited training providers for Solar Heating Installation in the country and one of twenty-five IREC accredited training providers for PV Installation Professionals in the country.

Alternative Energy Topics

Renewable Energy

  • Wind turbine or wind power
  • Hydro-electric
  • Fuel cell technologies
  • Geothermal power
  • Solar power
  • Biofuel and biodiesel applications

Sustainable Infrastructure

  • Green building, LEED
  • Clean Energy

Energy Efficiency

  • Residential, industry
  • HVAC

A student drives a custom solar-powered Go-Kart.

Who’s Enrolling?

About 50 percent of current students joined the program because they are interested in conserving the environment and natural resources.

The other half of Sustainable Energy students wanted to apply their technical backgrounds to the emerging global market in renewable energy technologies.

Jessica Fischer holds a small wind turbine propeller.

Jessica Fischer '18 traveled to Peru to help WindAid install wind turbines to struggling communities.

Green Light for Green Standards

Recent state and federal laws are creating a need for trained professionals to meet “green” standards in buildings. According to industry professionals and noted educational leaders, this will spur a growing demand for qualified technologists to work hand-in-hand with engineers to bring the practical applications of alternative energy to life.

Placement Rates

Employment statistics are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-2026 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST)

CREST offers training in Workforce Development, helping to start a new career, advance your current career or to obtain Continuing Education Units for maintaining professional certifications. Visit the CREST center for more information.

» Program Description

Sustainable Energy Technology
Kibria K. Roman, Ph.D., PE, EMIT

Fall Enrollment Trends

  FT PT Total
2019 13 0 13
2018 13 2 15
2017 11 0 11
2016 10 0 10
2015 20 0 20

Graduation Rate Trends*

Cohort Entering Cohort Size %
Fall 2013 0 -
Fall 2012 3 33%
Fall 2011 6 17%
Fall 2010 5 40%
Fall 2009 16 31%

*Graduate rates are based on first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen entering in fall and graduating within 150% of time.

Degrees Conferred

2018-19 3
2017-18 1
2016-17 4
2015-16 5
2014-15 9