Program Description

The Energy Management Technology program will provide graduates with skills for numeric quantification of energy-related projects and programs.  The focus of study will be commercial systems with an introduction to industrial systems, and will position the graduate for a career in energy management beyond the residential and small commercial realm.  

The program features a series of seven courses in the major field of study which develop specific technology skills related to the field.  These major courses are built upon a firm foundation in the technical fields of math, physics, heat transfer and automatic controls, as well as a strong focus on written and oral communication and computer skills.  The culmination of the program is a practicum where the student will be given a series of real-world scenarios to solve, calculate, and present formally. 

A cornerstone of the program is the understanding of building systems and their energy use characteristics.  By learning about systems as well as pieces and parts, students will learn to view buildings as machines, and be able to identify viable energy saving measures in buildings with confidence.  

Additionally, graduates will be well positioned for certification in the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Energy Manager program, with employment experience after graduation.

Student Fit

Anyone with a proper background is welcome.  A white collar career by nature, folks in this business will work with customers in buildings, and the energy consuming systems inside them.  Understanding building systems and the ability to quantify costs and savings is the needed piece for businesses to invest in improvements, and the grease for a large industry coast to coast.  The training will reward students who work hard.  

Some natural fits:

High School Grads

  • A knack for how things work and problem solving
  • Enjoy science and its applications; love to learn
  • Want a college education
  • Want to make a difference
  • Interested in working with engineers on projects
  • Interested in a mix of office and field work

Industry Draw

  • Experienced in HVAC service or design and want to branch into energy career
  • Pursuing CEM certification but need assistance in systems and controls areas

Employment Prospects

Energy is a wide field.  This program has a definite focus, which is the commercial and light industrial buildings and the energy systems they contain.  

Development of this course began with a survey of industry, learning what skills were necessary for a graduate to be vital in this important business sector.  Concepts and skills are specifically tailored to the end result which is to have salable skills.   

Potential work capacities include energy manager or assistant, energy specialist / technician for energy engineering company, technical support for energy services performance contractor or energy services companies (ESPC / ESCO), facilities maintenance energy support specialist, commissioning provider technician, team member in the energy branch of construction contractor, energy technical support or sales position for a product manufacturer, building facilities manager, or building maintenance supervisor.