Credits: 2


June 13th – 24th, 2016 in Missoula, MT
June 27th – July 8th, 2016 in Browning, MT

We recommend you also sign up for ETEC 113 (1 cr) the week before the practicum (June 8th - 12th, 2016).  If you have questions about your specific situation, please consult your advisor.


Missoula, MT
Browning, MT 
Judith Gap, MT (optional field trips)

Practicum Faculty Coordinator

Bradley Layton, Associate Professor


NRGY 101 or Consent of Instructor

About the Course

The Energy Technology degree may be earned 100% online with two exceptions: Campus residency is currently required for completion of ETEC 113 Circuits Lab (offered during Week 1 of the Summer Session) and NRGY 195 Practicum (offered during Weeks 2 and 3 of the Summer Session). Students with a Distance Only designation will need to fill out a Change of Status request at prior to registering for these face to face courses on the Missoula College campus (remember to change your status back to Distance Only following the completion of the summer term).

The practicum provides students with a hands-on field experience in developing a novel energy technology. Students will work in teams to design, build, and test energy technologies of their choosing. In addition to promoting creativity and task completion, this course increases students’ occupational awareness and professionalism by exposing them to local energy industry leaders and giving them the opportunity to present their work to their peers.

A student cohort will be paired with a faculty supervisor to participate in applied learning activities. Example activities include experiments in electrical circuitry, AC/DC invertors and diodes; installation, deconstruction, construction, and maintenance of wind turbine and solar PV systems; operation and maintenance of fuel-based electrical generators; experiments involving test equipment such as multimeters and oscilloscopes; and practice in troubleshooting and problem solving techniques. The practice of health and safety procedures will be stressed.

Course will be held in both Missoula, MT and Browning, MT during Summer 2016.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  • Gain practical experience with energy production systems.
  • Describe and demonstrate proper safety procedures for working with energy generation systems.
  • Describe and demonstrate proper procedures for installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting energy generation systems.
  • Describe and demonstrate proper usage of test equipment and tools used in energy generation systems.
  • Interact with colleagues in a professional work environment.
  • Participate in a representative range of professional activities in the work setting.

Dress Code

Please plan and dress appropriately for each activity. Some activities are lab-based in a controlled classroom environment. Shorts and sandals are acceptable for these sessions. Hard hats, work clothes (long pants and sturdy shoes), sunblock, raincoats, sunglasses, and water will be required for all off-campus field experience. Hard hats, tools, and lab supplies will be provided. Please pack a sack lunch and any needed personal items for the trip to Judith Gap.

Helpful Links:

Change of Status Request

Acknowledgement of Risk waiver


2015 Solar Thermal Air Heater

2015 Solar Thermal Water Heater

2015 Solar Photovoltaic System Trainer

2015 Micro-Hydro Magneto

2014 Compressed Air Dump Storage

2014 UM Solar Car in Butte, MT

2013 Mobile Wind Turbine Trailer

2013 Solar Forge

2013 e-Waste Recycling

2012 Tethered Wind Turbine

2012 Human Powered Clothes Dryer

2012 Solar Powered Camper

2012 Solar Car

2012 Thermosyphon