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Energy and Construction

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Thermography level I – Using an Infrared Camera, January 12–13, 2016


Home inspection training »

If interested, ask to get on our Thermography email list by sending an email to ees@nmc.edu.

To register for any class, call NMC-EES at (231) 995-1700

Since 2001, Northwestern Michigan College has provided training in energy efficiency, construction technology, green building, and renewable energy. Our programs are affiliated with the Midwest Solar Instructor Training Network, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

Construction and Energy Facilities and Equipment

Building science lab

  • 1,200 sq. ft. structure provides real-world experience
  • Equipped with heating and A/C system, electrical, plumbing, insulation diagnostics and a resource room for energy projects

Renewable energy labs including

  • Solar thermal system (hot water)
  • Grid Connected 3.6 KW Ground Mounted Solar PV
  • Grid-connected, 8-kw Solar PV Array
  • 10 KW Bergey Wind Generator located at the University Center on Cass Road
  • Geothermal Training Systems
  • Solar and Wind Training Systems

Thanks to generous donations from Patriot Solar for a ground mount solar racking system, and Renovo for a grid connected 3 kW inverter. These donations make it possible to provide hands-on training using Michigan-made products.

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) Solar Site Assessment Certificate Program

Basic Photovoltaics:

Introduction to Solar Electric Power

  • Thursday, February 25, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Aero Park Labs Bldg. Room 101
  • Instructor: Bill Queen
  • $125

Solar Site Assessment Course – MREA Online

  • 4 Weeks: Feb. 15–March 13
  • Instructor: Jenny Heinzen
  • $270

NMC Solar Partnerships

NABCEP Training and Exam

Solar Training Network