The A.A.S. Degree in Energy Management

The Applied Associate of Science Degree in Energy Management is a unique two-year technical training program that prepares you for a rewarding career in commercial building energy analysis and energy management.

Students evaluate energy use patterns; develop, implement, market and maintain conservation programs; perform public outreach; recommend energy efficiency techniques; integrate alternative energy sources; and perform systems analysis to solve problems.

You will 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. Students need no prior experience to succeed in the program.

Webinar May 18, 2017: A.A.S. Degree in Energy Management

source: www.ct.gov

Learn how this dynamic program is attracting top energy engineers and industry specialists as instructors, and its recognition by the Association of Energy Engineers as preparation for their internationally-recognized Certified Energy Manager exam.


Energy industry turns to CT colleges for worker pipeline

source: www.hartfordbusiness.com

Colleges often talk to local companies to gauge their future workforce needs, searching for opportunities to build new programs to help fill the gaps and attract students amid a competitive higher-ed market.

  • Lab courses will use Tunxis and the CT college campuses as “living laboratories.” Students will perform energy auditing and analysis on actual campus building systems using energy billing data, data loggers, Department of Energy software, “ballast discriminators,” combustion analyzers, gas leak detectors, and energy management system reports, to name a few tools used in the program.
  • Job placement assistance is included in the program. In their final semester, students earn college credit through an internship with one of our energy partners. Utility companies, engineering firms, energy services companies, facilities and energy management companies are seeking to hire our graduates.
  • Preparation for the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Energy Manager (CEM); Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst and Envelope; and Residential Services Network (RESNET) Home Energy Rater (HERS) exams is included in the program.

Climate change, and our need to reduce energy consumption in buildings, has created new job and career opportunities for energy professionals.

“Every building uses energy, but few buildings have staff trained to optimize it. Programs like the Energy Management degree offered by Tunxis Community College give professionals tangible skills and a direct on-the-job return on investment.”

—Matt Gibbs, Managing Director, Evergreen Consulting Group;
former Director, Energy Efficiency Implementation, EverSource

Growing Career Opportunities in Energy Management

  • By 2025, national spending on utility led energy efficiency programs is projected to double from 2010 levels of about $4 billion to approximately $9.5 billion (Ernest Orlando Berkley National Laboratories).The U.S. Department of Labor projects a “bright outlook” for workers in energy efficiency.
  • The rapid growth of commercial building energy efficiency projects in CT has created long-term demand for qualified energy analysts. Unlike traditional construction jobs, energy jobs are considered recession-resistant.
  • Starting salaries are between $40,000 and $60,000 annually.
  • Major cities such as Boston and New York now require building owners to regularly perform energy analysis and energy improvements on their buildings.  These laws are creating more work for our employer partners, who hire our graduates.

First Semester
Course # Title Credits
ARC*240 Environmental Systems (a) 3
CTC*106 Blueprint Reading (a) 3
ENG*101 Composition (a) 3
MAT*137 Intermediate Algebra (a) 3
Select one of the following courses:
BBG*115 Business Software Applications (a) or  
CSA*135 Spreadsheet Applications (a) 3
Second Semester
NRG*131 Building Efficiency Auditing (a) 3
ENG*202 Technical Writing (a) 3
NRG*122 Commercial HVAC Systems & Analysis (a) 3
NRG*123 Energy Efficiency Methods (a) 3
PHY*110 Introductory Physics (a) 4
Third Semester
COM*173 Public Speaking (a) 3
CTC*130 Alternative and Renewable Energy (a) 3
NRG*124 Energy Control Strategies (a) 3
NRG*131 Lighting Fundamentals & Applications (a) 3
NRG*240 Energy Investment Analysis (a) 3
Fourth Semester
CTC*132 Sustainable Energy for Residences & Businesses(a) 3
NRG*241 Commercial Energy Use Analysis & Simulations (a) 3
NRG*242 Energy Accounting (a) 3
NRG*290 Energy Co-Op/Internship 3
  Humanities or Social Science Elective (c)(d) 3

(a) Prerequisite and/or co-requisite required.
(c) To be selected from courses in ANT*, ECN*, GEO*, POL*, PSY*, SOC*.
(d) To be selected from courses in ART*, ANT*, CHI*, COM*, ENG*, ESL*, FRE*, HIS*, ITA* LAT*, LAW*, LIN*, MUS*, NMC*,
PHL*, PLH*, POL*, Religious Studies, RUS*, SPA*, THR*.

Students must be eligible for college credit level Math and English Composition before registering for Energy Management program core courses.

Certificates

Courses within the Energy Management degree are also available to students in six short-term professional level certificates in the following energy sector specialties:

  1. Energy Core
  2. HVAC Energy Analysis
  3. Energy Accounting
  4. Energy Efficient Lighting
  5. Commercial Energy Auditing & Modeling
  6. HVAC Energy Controls

Certificates have the potential to be added together to earn the A.A.S. degree (General Education courses not in the certificates are still required for the full two-year A.A.S. degree).  General education courses are available at any of the CT community colleges or universities.

Learning Outcomes

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

Contact

Eric Gribin, Director of Energy Management Program
Building Efficiency and Sustainable Technology
Tunxis Community College
860.773.1318
egribin@tunxis.edu

For more information about jobs in the energy efficiency field, see this video from the BEST Center at Laney College in Oakland, CA.

Also see Energy Department jobs count reveal efficiency a large employer, published March 26, 2016 at Powersource.

Funding provided by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, State Energy Program administered by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and service provider.  In conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, DEEP makes every effort to provide equally effective services for persons with disabilities.  Individuals with disabilities who need this information in an alternative format, to allow them to benefit and/or participate in the agency’s programs and services, should call DEEP’s Human Resources Office at (860) 424-3006, send a fax to (860) 424-3896, or email DEEP.MedRecs@ct.gov.  Persons who are hearing impaired should call the State of Connecticut relay number 711.