Energy Management

Energy Management

Energy Management is a growing industry, and current industry trends are in the Building Controls sector. Employers are seeking applicants for this industry. As such, the Energy Management program has decided to focus curriculum in the Building Controls direction because of the overwhelming employment opportunities in that sector. For 2021-22, the Energy Management program will be accepting applicants only for the Energy Management Technician: Building Controls Technician AAS program. Please contact the program coordinator or academic advisors for help signing up for this program.

Online Associate of Applied Science in Energy Management

Energy Management is a growing technical industry. If you’re interested in working in a technical field that will shape our environmental future, then look no further than Lane’s Energy Management program! As the first program of its kind in the United States, Lane's Energy Management Program has a proven history of successfully providing training for professional technicians to immediately contribute to energy, water, and related cost savings in their communities. And this program is entirely online and has been for a couple of years.

Program Exploration

Is the Energy Management program for you?

Do you want to work in an ever changing and rewarding field? Make a difference in your community? Elevate your technical and mechanical skills? Lane’s Energy Management Program could be right for you! If you’re looking to start your career, our degree option will provide you with the skills, training, and foundational education you need. If you already have a degree, our one-year certificate can help you transition into the exciting field of energy management.

As an Energy Management professional, you’ll strategically evaluate energy use, providing solutions to energy usage problems and helping energy users save valuable dollars. In large commercial facilities, that means looking at the energy consumed by motors, HVAC systems, lighting, and even how people engage with their work environment. Buildings and their systems require problem solvers who enjoy digging through metrics, investigating how mechanical systems work, and measuring energy and water use.

Whether you’re interested in earning the full associate's degree or going for the certificate, when you are ready to get started, just apply! Our Admissions office will guide you through the steps to enroll and get you started. To learn more or if you have additional questions please contact Roger Ebbage at 541-463-3670 or

What will you learn in the Energy Management program?

Through our online classes, you’ll learn to:

  • Evaluate energy use patterns of residential and commercial buildings
  • Recommend energy efficiency solutions for high energy-consuming buildings
  • Understand the interaction between energy-consuming building systems and based on that understanding, make energy consumption recommendations
  • Produce energy evaluation technical reports and make presentations leading to project implementation
  • Develop and evaluate inferences and predictions that are based on collected data.
  • Read and analyze building blueprints including floor, mechanical, and electrical plans
  • Use problem-solving techniques & math to transform concepts into energy related projects

Applying to the Energy Management program

In order to ensure every student in the program is able to receive the individual attention and meaningful critiques that they deserve, our Energy Management program has an additional admissions application. Learn more about the application process

What can you do next?

Through our two-year Energy Management Online Degree from Lane Community College, you’ll be prepared for the growing field of Energy Management. Interested in gaining more technical skills, but not sure you want the full degree? We also offer a one-year certificate to help you gain the skills you need to either strengthen your current career or help you start a new one. 

Our instructors, who are leaders in their respective fields, will prepare you to evaluate energy patterns, identify energy-efficiency projects, and implement solutions for energy-related issues in a variety of buildings and facilities. Our rigorous online courses will be available direct to your doorstep to fit into your current schedule. You’ll also experience hands-on training at one of our partnering organizations that will show you how to apply your newfound knowledge in the real world.

Through local, regional, and national networking opportunities, our graduates meet business leaders directly! Our graduates work in a wide variety of disciplines and may work for a diverse number of employers such as engineering firms, lighting companies, public and private utilities, energy equipment companies, and departments of energy. Our alumni are well prepared for careers in positions like building operators, control system specialists, weatherization installers, energy auditors, and energy resource analysts, and more. 

If you’re interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in energy management, Lane has articulation agreements with South Seattle College (fully online), Bismarck State College (fully online), and Cascadia College. These colleges offer bachelor’s degrees in the industry. Interested in learning more about your options? Contact Roger Ebbage at or 541-463-3670.

Personal attention from engaging faculty

Lane offers students the best of both worlds: a wide variety of courses to choose from and small class sizes. You’ll never take a class with more than 40 students, and most of your Energy Management courses will have just 15-20 students. Your classes will always be taught by an instructor with professional experience, and not a grad student. Program instructors and staff use that extensive experience and their industry and alumni relationships to ensure your classes connect you to the real world. Program staff are always there to assist with whatever your needs may be.

Get to know the Energy Management faculty and advisors

The faculty and advisors for the program can help you meet your career goals. They can answer any program specific questions you might have, and help you find opportunities outside of the classroom. Advisors will help you schedule your classes and plan for the future. You’ll work with them to create a term by term planner that meets your needs and goals to ensure you complete your degree. And if you’re planning on transferring to a four-year school they can help you take the classes you need to count towards your bachelor's degree.

Get real world work experience

Employers are interested in more than just your degree. It’s important that you’re able to show that you have relevant, real world work experience, which is why many of your courses will include fieldwork mentorships. You’ll use the knowledge you’ve gained in the classroom to help you succeed in hands-on training opportunities at one of our partner organizations throughout the Western United States. Partners have included energy service departments at public utilities like Ashland Electric, Central Oregon Co-op, Clallam County PUD, EPUD, EWEB, Lane Electric, Sacramento Utility District, Salem Electric, Silicon Valley Power, and many others. Our program encompasses utilities across the Western United States. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete internships through our Cooperative Education Department, which partners with local and regional businesses and organizations to provide internships. Lane will work with utilities in your geographic area to provide you with opportunities no matter where you live.

Scholarship Opportunities

Wondering how you’re going to pay for your degree? In addition to traditional financial aid options, there are scholarships available just for students in the energy management program!

DEED Funding for Students

American Public Power Association Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) offers several opportunities, including scholarships for education, internships, and conference travel. A DEED member utility must sponsor your scholarship. Learn more about scholarship options on DEED’s website.

Attending classes at Lane

Lane’s main campus is tucked into the foothills of the Oregon Cascades, providing a stunning landscape for your education. With incredible resources on campus like advising, tutoring services, the library, First Year Experience and so many more, you have the opportunity to make the most out of your degree. Lane also offers student housing at Titan Court in downtown Eugene, next to our Mary Spilde Center. Ready to learn more? Schedule a campus tour to explore our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.