MTC is Going Green!The world has noticed the need to go green. " Recycling, organic foods, eco-friendly products, geothermal systems and other alternative energy sources are just a few of the green initiatives we see in the media.
Marion Technical College (MTC) has also recognized the need to not only be more energy-efficient on our campus, but the need to train technicians in this evolving field. Before we jumped into the green world, we wanted to be sure to have programs and courses that could provide jobs to graduates in the field. After much research, MTC's engineering department has formed the area's first Alternative Energy Technician Program.
Jay McCreary, Dean of Engineering, said,Our program is similar to other programs available in larger cities and around the country. It brings the latest technology in alternative energy close to home. " McCreary commented that the need for the program became apparent to him a few years ago, but it took some time to find the degree that worked best in the local job market. He feels the Alternative Energy Technician degree is perfect for this area for several reasons.
Due to the way we have constructed the degree, the job possibilities are endless. Since the program is focused on manufacturing with a specialty in wind and solar technologies, it provides a wide range of possibilities, from traditional product manufacturing to the installation and maintenance of solar panels and wind turbines, " McCreary explained the specifics of the degree. He added,The largest solar array in central Ohio is now in place just 25 miles north of Marion. Several large wind farms are being constructed in Richland, Morrow and Hardin counties. Technicians will be needed to maintain these installations. Solar panels and wind turbines are not just used for large scale operations.
Many home owners are now including them to help with energy cost reduction, and technicians are needed for the design and installation. " The number of installations will grow with time. Alternative energy is a requirement in Ohio. By 2025, 25% of all generated electricity in Ohio must come from alternative energy sources. Recently, Governor Strickland announced that Ohio will create a solar energy innovation hub in northwest Ohio by committing $250,000 to make the region known around the world as a leader in the solar industry.
Don't just grow your own organic foods or chuck a plastic bottle into a recycling bin – be one of the first in this area to be a hands-on leader in the
world of solar and wind energy with a degree in this growing field. Learn the ins and outs of designing, installing, testing and maintaining alternative
energy systems, here at MTC. To learn more about this exciting new program, visit www.mtc.edu.