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Energy Systems Technology & Education Center (ESTEC)



In response to a growing need for Engineering Technicians in the energy sector, the College of Technology at Idaho State University has established the Energy Systems Technology and Education Center (ESTEC) on the Idaho State University campus in Pocatello, Idaho.

ESTEC offers a unique approach to educating students by providing the specific knowledge and skills needed in energy production. The skills requirements have been developed in partnership with energy utilities and vendors to assure that program graduates enter the workforce with the precise skills required by the energy industry in a broad spectrum of electrical, oil, gas, renewable, and allied manufacturing sectors. Students learn through traditional classroom experience as well as through extensive laboratory exercises. Electrical generation technologies addressed include nuclear, coal, gas, and renewable technologies.

ESTEC offers one Basic Technical Certificate, two Intermediate Technical Certificate, and six Associate of Applied Science degrees.

Programs Offered


The following programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

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Leaders in Energy

ESTEC has incredible support from industry, national organizations, and government agencies. That support comes in the form of financial support for the program, scholarships for students, equipment donation from industry, industry professionals donating their time, and much more. ESTEC is a public/private partnership between Idaho State University, Idaho National Laboratory, and Partners for Prosperity. Curriculum and laboratory resources were developed with external funding from the US Department of Labor and the National Science Foundation.

When you choose ESTEC, you choose the best in the Energy Systems Engineering Technology industry. ESTEC’s overall job placement rate is more than 90% for recent graduates.