In collaboration with Ulster County, SUNY Ulster delivers the skills and expertise necessary for those in the community to begin careers in the expanding clean technology industry. Courses in both clean technology and energy efficiency leading to certificates and certifications are offered. In addition, SUNY Ulster in partnership with SUNY Sullivan offers an Green Building Maintenance and Management AAS degree. Want to learn more about the types of green careers in the workforce? Check out this Green Buildings Career Map tool.
A basic introduction to electrical theory as it relates to the manufacturing and clean technology fields. For students who are looking for a more in-depth course on electricity, they should consider DCB2182, Fundamentals of Electricity. This course is a pre-requisite for those taking Intro to Photovoltaics (PV) Systems. Communication from SUNY Ulster and the student will be through SUNY Ulster e-mail communication. You will be asked to monitor that e-mail before and during this course.
DCB 1947 CRN 30275 M/W 2/23-3/9 5:30-7:30pm (non-credit bearing class) SRC-Kelder $199
Learn the basics of how to site, design, and install photovoltaic (PV) systems. This course includes sizing systems for both grid-connected and off-grid PV systems. Learn about the solar resource, the problems associated with shading and the best orientation and tilt for PV arrays. The course will cover the basic sizing and design of systems to serve a given electrical load, and safety procedures for installers. Students will study the electrical code for PV systems in detail, and the various mounting systems for PV arrays and how they affect roofs. Course includes a hands-on installation of a PV system. Students completing this course may sit for the NABCEP PV Associates Exam.
Prerequisite: Electrical Theory I or permission of instructor
Required textbook (Must be purchased by the student): Understanding Photovoltaics, ISBN: 9780979161186
MFG 120 T/R 3/22-5/5 5:30-8:15pm (3-credit class) SRC-Kelder $656
DCB 1795 CRN 66934 T/R 3/22-5/9 5:30-8:15pm (non-credit bearing class) SRC-Kelder $656
This course includes both the BPI Building Analyst training as well as the BPI Envelope Professional training for those looking to earn the Fundamentals of Clean Technology Micro-Credential.
DCB2154 CRN 30297 M-F 4/4-4/29 9am-5pm SRC $2800
Earning the Building Science Principles (BSP) Certificate of Knowledge is your first step into the world of energy efficient home performance. You will learn some of the widely-used industry terminology related to building science. Building science demonstrates how various components of a home interact to affect the home’s overall performance. Understanding the relationships between the building envelope, heating, A/C, insulation, mechanical ventilation, lighting, appliances and other systems of the home will enable you to assist yourself and others. Learn how these systems affect the comfort, health and safety of occupants and durability of the home. Discover why improving the energy efficiency of the home should be the first step toward solar, geothermal, or other renewable energy improvements. Course price includes study materials and certificate exam. This course is delivered either in book form for self-study or content can be available via web-based for self-study. Live Zoom sessions with the instructor will be made available to those that have questions. Course should take about 18 hours to study materials in order to take the certificate exam.
Prepares students to perform “whole-house” energy assessments, identifying a building’s problems at the root cause and prescribing and prioritizing solutions based on building science principles. Upon successful completion of the written and field exams, students receive Building Analyst Certification. Approved by New York State Bureau of Veterans Education for payment of VA Education Benefits. Approved for 8.5 BPI CEUs.
Prerequisite: Basic building science background strongly recommended.
Reference textbook: Residential Energy ISBN: 9781880120231
DCB 1842 CRN 30298 M-F 4/4-4/8 9am-5pm Hybrid $1400
- Live via Zoom M/T/W 9am-5pm and F 9am-11am
- In person at the Stone Ridge Campus in the Kelder Building, Thursday 4/7 9am-5pm
Learn to quantify whole-house performance and prescribe improvements to help tighten the building envelope (shell), stop uncontrolled air leakage, install needed insulation, and optimize comfort, durability and HVAC performance. Upon successful completion of the written and field exams, students receive BPI Envelope Professional Certification.
Prerequisite: BPI Building Analyst training. Approved for 8.5 BPI CEUs.
DCB 1843 CRN 30299 M-F 4/25-4/29 9am-5pm Hybrid $1400
- Live via Zoom M/T/W 9am-5pm and F 9am-11am
- In person at the Stone Ridge Campus in the Kelder Building, Thursday 4/28 9am-5pm
All written exams are by appointment and subject to a $200 non-refundable fee. After registering for any of the BPI Written Exams, you will be contacted via email to arrange an exam date. Exams are held remotely via Zoom. SUNY Ulster will follow guidelines set by BPI.
All field exams are by appointment and subject to a $200 non-refundable fee. Exams are held in Kelder located on the SRC. To register call 845-339-2025.
Learn how to optimize the performance of heating equipment to help save energy and ensure occupant comfort, health, and safety. Approved for 8.5 BPI CEUs. Approved by New York State Bureau of Veterans Education for payment of VA Education Benefits. Prerequisite: BPI Building Analyst training. Students will meet with the instructor via Live Zoom on M-W and on F. On Thurs, students will meet face-to-face following SUNY guideline and procedures for health and safety during a pandemic. Students are responsible for checking their e-mails regarding these procedures. Class on Thurs will be held at Kelder Test House located on the SUNY Ulster Stone Ridge Campus.
DCB1036 Available Upon Request . Contact Barbara Reer at email@example.com
If you are an EPA-certified installer, then the BPI Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Professional certification is the right next step for you. By achieving this certification, you will prove that you understand the role of refrigerant-based mechanical systems and their interaction with other building systems.
Prerequisite: BPI Building Analyst training and 40 CFR Section 608 Type II Certification
Infiltration and Duct Leakage (IDL) certification is a simple, comprehensive, and affordable way for builders, remodelers, HVAC, insulation, and other contractors to gain the skills needed to offer duct leakage and blower door tests, in compliance with IECC codes for new home construction or existing home remodels. By earning the IDL certification, you prove that you can conduct duct leakage tests to the ASTM E1554-07 standard and blower door tests to the ASTM E779 standard. Course price is for class instruction only. To register for the certification exam, register for DCB 8380.
DCB 7840 Available by appointment Contact Barbara Reer at firstname.lastname@example.org
A review class for those students already familiar with the terms and equipment needed for the BPI IDL Certification exam. Course price is for review of material only. To register for the certification exam, register for DCB 8380.
DCB 2327 available by appointment Contact Barbara Reer at email@example.com
DCB 8380 available by appointment Contact Barbara Reer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clean Technology jobs are growing as the region helps NY State meet the objectives of the New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) to empower every New Yorker to fight climate change at home, at work and in their communities. This Micro-Credential will allow students from all disciplines to understand energy efficiency and clean energy as it relates to their jobs, their homes and their community. The courses within this Micro-Credential include:
MFG 120/GRB 170 Introduction to Photovoltaics (PV) Systems
GRB 160 Energy Auditor
The courses in this Micro-Credential are stackable into the Green Building AAS degree program. Students may take this Micro-Credential as credit bearing or non-credit bearing.
For more information regarding this Micro-Credential or to register for these courses, please contact Barbara Reer at email@example.com
As employment opportunities grow in the area of Green Building, employers are looking for people that can add knowledge of Green Building to their skill set. There is a great need for an understanding of how heating systems work and how to use automation to save energy in a building. This Micro-Credential will support technicians, engineers and managers to gain knowledgeable insight into these new technologies.
This credential consists of five courses:
GRB 260 Green HVAC
GRB 230 Commercial Electrical
GRB 210 Building Automation and Controls
GRB 250 Troubleshooting Green Building Systems
GRB 280 Applied Learning
This credential is stackable into the Green Building AAS program.
For more information regarding this Micro-Credential or to register for these courses, please contact Barbara Reer at firstname.lastname@example.org