Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Our Sustainable Energy Technician (AAS) and Energy Technician (CAS) programs are temporarily not accepting students. Please contact Jacket Student Central for further details and information at 406-247-3007. 

Are you looking for a career in an innovative, twenty-first century profession?  Or is the comfort of a tried-and-true, essential trade more of your thing?  After completing the Sustainable Energy Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree at City College, you will be prepared for both!  The hands-on training that you will receive provides you with the fundamental readiness needed to enter an Electrician apprenticeship program.  In addition, you will also hone the necessary skills to work as a technician for one of the many wind farms or solar plants sprouting up across the region.  Courses are taught by highly qualified faculty with expertise in their specialty and current work experience in their field.  So whether your dream-job involves being suspended 250 feet above the ground while working on a wind turbine, building homes that can be completely off the energy grid, or working in one of the fastest growing trades in the region, City College can help you get there!

Sustainable Energy Technician 

This program will cost about $8,660* based on current tuition and fees. 

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*Estimate is in-state tuition for a Montana resident. Tuition and fees are subject to change and do not include books, housing, or supplies. Check Program Tools. 

Detailed Cost Information 


Median Wage (MT)** $60,000 yearly
  $28.84 per hour

Median Wage (US)** $51,900 yearly

$24.94 per hour

Expected growth (MT)**  23%
Expected growth (US)**  14%


Solar Photovoltaic Installer

Median Wage (US)** $46,700  
  $22.46 per hour

Expected growth (US)** 24%


Wind Turbine Service Technician

Median Wage (US)** $51,100 yearly

$24.55 per hour

Expected growth (US)**  108%

* The State of Montana requires that all students go through a state-sponsored or union-sponsored apprenticeship program.  The Sustainable Energy AAS degree at City College prepares students to enter one of those programs and may shorten the time necessary to become a Journeyman electrician. 

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau; (projections through 2024) 

  Graduate Placement Data 

As a graduate of our sustainable energy program, you will find employment in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Apprentice Electrician
  • Wind Turbine Technician
  • Energy Efficiency Auditor
  • Relay Technician
  • Solar Photovoltaic Technician
  • HVACR Technician
  • Smart Grid Technician
  • Environmental Assessment Technician


  • First-time college students must have high school diplomas from an accredited high school, a GED/HiSET, or passed the MSUB Readiness Exam offered through our university.
  • Transfer students will need to submit records from all regionally accredited institutions.

Montana State University Billings is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).   

Students who successfully complete the AAS Sustainable Energy Technician degree at City College sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Associate Credential Exam.  For more information, please visit the NABCEP website.


A student may exit this program after completing just one semester (4 months) with a Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS) in Energy Technician.  This will prepare you to enter the workforce as an electrician helper.  To further develop your skills and increase your chances of finding an apprentice electrician position, City College offers a two-semester Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) degree in Energy Technician. For more information on the CTS and CAS, please visit the Energy Technician page.


ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (AAS) Sustainable Energy Technician

A student may exit this program after completing two semesters and receive a Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) in Energy Technician. If you are looking to further develop your skills and increase your familiarity with solar and wind power, City College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) Sustainable Energy Technician.


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Students who earn an AAS degree and want to further their education and thus, career, are able to go on for a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree through MSU Billings. Students can focus on various thematic concentrations to earn the BAS degree.  Contact the MSU Billings Advising Center at 406-657-2240 for further details. 

Q: What are some of the skills covered in the program?
A:  Upon program completion, Students will:          

    • Demonstrate industry safety skills including; climbing, rescue and confined space procedures
    • Demonstrate an understanding of  programmable logic controllers and motor control systems
    • Understand the basics of energy production, delivery, consumption, and conservation
    • Demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot electrical circuits and digital circuits
    • Demonstrate the ability to install and troubleshoot wind and solar energy systems
    • Demonstrate the ability to install and troubleshoot a basic network  communication system
    • Demonstrate the ability to install operate and troubleshoot a building  automation system
    • Also meet the necessary requirements of the Energy Technician certificate of applied science

Q: Am I an Electrician when I graduate?
A:  Not yet.  The state of Montana requires that all electricians go through a state or union sponsored apprenticeship program.  The Sustainable Energy program at City College provides you with the necessary skills to land one of those positions.  It can also shorten the amount of time necessary to progress from Apprentice to Journeyman Electrician. Click here for more information on the registered apprenticeships offered through the state of Montana. 

Q: Do I have to purchase my own tools?
A: It is highly recommended that you purchase your own tools for the Sustainable Energy AAS program. There are many tools that you will need to own and continue to use when you begin a career in the field, so purchasing a good set of tools as a student is a long-term investment in your career.  Please visit the Tool Room Website for more information on tool requirements. 

Q: When can I start the program?
A:  The core Sustainable Energy classes begin in the fall semester of each year.  However, for a student looking to get a head start on the program, the general education courses and a limited number of sustainable energy courses are available in the spring and summer.

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