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Academic Programs - School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies

Alternative Fuels
Certificate
HEGIS #5306
Chairperson: Anthony Kossmann
Cogan Hall, Room 145, (518) 629-7272

This program has been deactivated effective Fall 2013 and as such,
applications are no longer being accepted.

The Alternative Fuels Certificate program was developed in response to the growing demand for alternative and renewable energy sources in the Capital Region and elsewhere. The program provides an educated workforce for a growing industry that is in need of qualified personnel. Both established automotive technicians looking for advancement and the potential student interested in the alternative fuels field can benefit from the Alternative Fuels Certificate program.

Currently, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is funding college programs that will lead to innovations in the industry. The goal of NYSERDA is to reduce vehicle emissions and to reduce the state’s dependence on imported petroleum. The group also works to develop new products including improved vehicles and components that use natural gas, electric and hybrid-electric technologies. The Alternative Fuels program trains students in these areas and prepares them for work in a rapidly advancing industry. To facilitate the development and implementation of the Alternative Fuels curriculum, NYSERDA has provided the Automotive, Manufacturing, and Electrical Engineering Department with $185,000 worth of equipment.

The 32-credit hour programs consists of required and elective courses in the Automotive Technical Services (ATS) A.O.S. degree program, including basic automotive electricity and fuel systems courses, technical math, and courses in hydrogen power, hybrids and alternative fuels.

The Alternative Fuels Certificate program is fully consistent with the academic mission of the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies at Hudson Valley Community College and furthers its goal of providing an educated work force for the growing alternative and renewable resources industry.

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Courses Notes High School Average
Math I, Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math (70 or above in the course) Need valid driver's license. 70 or above

 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

AUTO 120 Engines 6
AUTO 125 Automotive Electricity 4
AUTO 140 Fuel Systems 4
AUTO 220 Alternative Fuels 3
AUTO 235 Automotive Electronics 4
AUTO 280 Hybrids 4
AUTO 290 Hydrogen Power 4
MATH 105 Applied Technical Math 3
  Total Credits Required 32
*or specific course equivalents as approved by the Department Chairperson.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY
First Term

MATH 105

Applied Technical Math

3

AUTO 120

Engines

6

AUTO 125

Automotive Electricity

4

AUTO 220

Alternative Fuels

3

  Term Total 16
Second Term

AUTO 140

Fuel Systems

4

AUTO 235

Automotive Electronics

4

AUTO 280

Hybrids

4

AUTO 290

Hydrogen Power

4

  Term Total 16