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What classes should one expect to take in college to be the most qualified as a Solar Systems Engineer?

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Sachin’s Answer

Hi Connor,

Thanks for the question. Solar energy engineers are required to hold at least a bachelor's degree, typically in mechanical or electrical engineering. Other areas of studies in which aspiring solar energy engineers can specialize include chemistry, computer science, civil engineering, and related fields, with concentrations in solar energy. Courses for these programs could include energy policy, solar energy and photovoltaics, and geothermal energy.

Source: https://study.com/articles/Become_a_Solar_Energy_Engineer_Education_and_Career_Roadmap.html

Hope this helps and good luck!

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Maya’s Answer

To piggy-back off of Sachin's answer, the classes you expect to take will depend on which major in college you choose. Here are some examples of the topics you might want to think about:
-Electrical engineers will need to understand circuits, energy transformation, and electrical systems as a whole (grids at micro and macro level)
-Structural engineers will need statics and structural analysis, to know what loads will be applied to the supports for these crazy heavy and expensive pieces of equipment called solar panels
-Industrial engineers may probability, statistics, data analytics, and process engineering to tweak how a solar farm can function more efficiently
-Electrical and computer engineers will learn instrumentation and software development to make the smart technology that tells the solar panels to shift position to maximize sun exposure and provide other vital information for operation
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