Energy Management Program

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Now accepting applications for Fall 2017!

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Degree is transferable to a 2-year completion bachelor's degree via South Seattle College
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Associate of Applied Science in Energy Management

Now accepting students from the Pacific Northwest Region (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana) for fall term of 2017.

The Energy Management program is a rigorous two-year Associate of Applied Science degree that trains individuals to evaluate energy use patterns; recommend energy efficiency techniques; integrate alternative energy sources; and perform systems analysis to solve problems.

Students learn to apply basic physics and analytical techniques to measure and define energy use of today's building systems with the goal of evaluating and recommending alternative energy solutions that will result in greater energy efficiency and lower energy costs.

Buildings consume 70% of all the electricity produced in the U.S. Advancing energy efficiency in buildings is a critical component of a secure, economically advantageous energy balance leading toward a more sustainable future. As energy related issues continue to increase, more voluntary and mandatory energy conservation opportunities are being created that require a technical skill set like that which is offered through this program.

Students are exposed to a multitude of building system types and configurations through the extensive use of tours and internship opportunities.

What's the Energy Management program at Lane like?
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What's the starting pay?

  • Energy Management: $40,000-50,000 annually

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The Energy Management Program was born in 1980 when Alan Gubrud, a physics instructor at Lane Community College, obtained a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a curriculum that combined the principles of basic physics with energy analysis techniques. Students gained a working understanding of energy systems in today's built environment and the tools to analyze and quantify energy efficiency efforts. The program began with an emphasis in residential energy efficiency / solar energy systems and has evolved to include commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy system installation technology.

For more information on the two-year degree programs and training for energy professionals, visit The Northwest Water Energy Education Institute (NWEEI) website. NWEEI offers both standard and custom learning opportunities throughout the northwest for practicing professionals in the energy industry, including an energy management certification program. NWEEI is located within the Institute for Sustainable Practices at Lane Community College.