Why Choose the Sustainable Technology Program?
STP is Likely to Get You a Job in the Sustainability Industry
- Solar jobs are growing in the double-digit rate range (~24 % per year).
- A new Los Angeles law requires all large commercial buildings to “benchmark” their
buildings. The Energy Efficiency courses prepare you with the skill set to benchmark
for a potential employer or a set of clients, if you choose to form your own business!
- Class assignments involve preparing your resume and developing your elevator speech,
preparing you for the future. One students role-play with an imagined Elon Musk that
eventually led him to a job at Tesla, and a three-hour conversation with him one day.
- Class content based on “job task analyses” of these industries, and as informed by
our Industry Advisory Board.
You Can Earn Multiple Credentials in Just One Semester
- Departmental certificate in Solar Photovoltaics (8 credits: PV11(3) + PV12(2) + EE1
- Passing the NABCEP Entry Level Exam for Solar PV. SMC’s pass rate ranges from 75-94%.
- Students encouraged to take EE2 – which prepares them for taking and passing the LEED
Green Associate exam (LEED is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and its credentials lead
to opportunities in construction-related industries tied to health, environmental
stewardship, efficiency, and productivity).
- An energy efficiency certificate (EE1 + EE2 + EE3 + PV11) prepares you for entry to a number of careers related to
auditing, retrofit, contracting, and building simulation modeling.
Get Real-World Work Experience and Make an Impact
- PV11 students attend a lab day where they install solar PV modules on a low-income home, learning the craft while improving someone’s life.
- EE1 students learn how to immediately reduce utility expenses at their homes or in the homes of their loved ones.
- EE3 students learn the latest in technologies: from energy storage, to LED lighting, to the Living Building Challenge, the most
extreme sustainable certification for a building in the world, and the City of Santa
Monica’s City Services Building is one of the next to achieve that level.
- Students will have an opportunity to experience some new learning modalities, including
virtual reality, 360 video, and to work hands-on with industry-specific high-technology tools (infrared
imaging, photovoltaic analyzers, sound pressure level meters, digital monitoring equipment,