Energy Systems Technician

For more detailed information: Energy Systems Admissions Handout

The Energy Systems Technology program offers classes which include, Electronics Theory and hands-on lab, Applied Mathematics and a chosen general education course.

The College provides the first year of this two year program here at the Idaho Falls CEI campus. After completion of the first year, students will then be qualified to enter the second year program at Idaho State University. The lab facilities for the second year at ISU are second to none in the country. Students will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in many facets of the energy world. Coupled with their first year experience here at CEI, the student will be prepared to enter into the energy solutions workplace.

This program may be right for you if you

  • Technical skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Basic business knowledge
  • Communications skills
  • Safety oriented


By choosing Energy Systems Technology means you will take the first step towards an exciting career in the energy industry with challenging hands-on work and earnings ranging from $45,000 to $70,000 or more per year right out of school. Demand for trained energy systems maintenance technicians with mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation and control skills is increasing dramatically as existing employees retire. This growing need for technicians has been well documented in workforce studies conducted by the U. S. Department of Labor, American Public Power Association, Nuclear Energy Institute, and others.

There are many varied careers in the energy sector. Careers with utilities and other power generating corporations (such as Idaho Power, PacifiCorp, Entergy and Rocky Mountain Power), the INL or other federal contractors, power plant constructors (like URS) or equipment suppliers (such as Siemens) are typical places to work with this type of education. Jobs are available throughout Idaho, the region, and the United States. Career choices in the energy arena will help ensure that your position will not be outsourced.


Financial Assistance

The U.S. energy industry is designated by the Department of Labor as a high growth/high demand industry. New generating and distribution capacity is being planned and/or built including fossil, nuclear and renewable energy sources. Both existing and new facilities will require the integration of advanced devices and technologies to monitor, condition, and transmit electricity. In addition to industry growth, retiring workers are not being replaced as quickly as they are leaving. This results in a growing need for technicians to construct, install, maintain, calibrate, troubleshoot, and repair energy-related components, systems, and facilities.

This program was made possible by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, a Green Capacity Building Grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.


What do our students learn?

  • Set up, operate, and maintain the electrical and mechanical systems of industrial equipment and other machinery
  • Use test equipment to configure, troubleshoot, and replace electrical, electronic and instrumentation related circuits
  • Safe work practices following NEC, OHSA, NFPA, Lock-Out/Tag-Out, and other required guidelines
  • Design, troubleshoot and document circuits for complex motor controls
  • Analyze basic power electronics including Alternating (AC), Direct Current (DC), and logic fundamentals

Why CEI's Energy Systems program?

  • Affordable
  • Prepares for transfer to ISU's ESTEC program
  • Practice in a live electrical lab
  • 9:1 student-to-teacher ratio
  • Courses and resources developed by Idaho National Laboratory and ISU


How Long Will it Take?

  • Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC) – 12 months total:
    • 2 full-time semesters in professional program

Where are our Graduates Working?

  • Oil and gas companies
  • Power companies
  • Chemical companies
  • Mining companies
  • Food processing companies
  • Manufacturing companies


How much do our graduates make?

Over the last five years our graduates started out averaging $45,000 to $70,000*

(Based on a 2080-hour work year, wage information is given within the first year of employment)



98.46% - Average placement for graduates over the past five years


Catalog Information

(208) 524-3000 ext. 4