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Addressing The Alternative Energy Workforce Needs

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Conference

2005 Annual Conference

Location

Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

Start Date

June 12, 2005

End Date

June 15, 2005

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Trends in Energy Conversion/Conservation

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

10.131.1 - 10.131.10

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https://peer.asee.org/15420

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Vladimir Sheyman

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Mulchand Rathod

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ADDRESSING THE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY WORKFORCE NEEDS

Mulchand S. Rathod, PhD, PE Vladimir Sheyman, PhD Division of Engineering Technology College of Engineering Wayne State University Detroit, MI 48202

SUMMARY

Reliable and alternative energy sources are essential for the economic well being and national security of the United States of America. Recent spikes in energy prices have brought to public attention the need for a comprehensive energy strategy to ensure a sustainable supply of energy for our nation. Alternative energy sources to support our infrastructure are becoming more and more significant as we look towards the future. Establishment of the NextEnergy Center in Michigan is an important step in that direction; and to prepare technical workforce for alternative energy area would be an important milestone in taking forward our nation towards the future.

In this paper, the necessary curriculum, courses, and degree program were explored to address the alternative energy technology workforce needs. Also, various avenues with the pros and cons were explored, identified, and recommended. The project work done dealt with the design, developments, field testing, and demonstrations leading to various alternatives. A curriculum was proposed with specialization in energy technology. It would provide an educational avenue to the 2 year associate degree graduates of technical programs from community colleges. The program would capture the attention of students, faculty, and staff interested in technical education. A model syllabus is specifically suggested in collaboration with community college.

Specific goals and objectives the project were to include opinions and views of subject area experts from industry and academic institutions; identifying the over all curriculum needs of the program(s); designing and developing appropriate courses to be offered traditionally and in distance learning modes; revising existing curriculum and courses; developing laboratory experiences as an integral part of learning pedagogy; and exploring job placement and co-op work experience opportunities.

INTRODUCTION

The national security and economic well being of the United States of America very much depends on the reliable energy sources and supplies [14,16,24,30,37,41,46]. Alternative

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