The A.A.S. Degree in Energy Management
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Energy Management is a unique two-year workforce training program that prepares students for rewarding careers in the “clean energy” sector. Using the campus as a “living laboratory”, students apply basic physics and analytical techniques to measure and define energy use of building systems, with the goal of evaluating and recommending alternative energy solutions that results in greater energy efficiency and lower energy costs. Students need no prior experience to succeed in the program.
Skills in energy analysis can be applied across a variety of businesses and careers in renewable energy, energy efficiency, HVAC and lighting, energy auditing and building management. Local and regional business owners serve on our Board of Advisors and provide for-credit internship opportunities for students, and full-time employment upon graduation.
Courses in the Energy Management Program can prepare you for the Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager (CEM) exam. To sit for the CEM exam, you must complete an approved CEM preparatory training. The AAS Degree in Energy Management at Tunxis meets the training pre-requisite for CEM certification.
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.
|ARC*240||Environmental Systems (a)||3|
|CTC*106||Blueprint Reading (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|
|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|
|COM*173||Public Speaking (a)||3|
|NRG*130||Applied Renewable Energy for Businesses & Residences(a)||3|
|NRG*124||Energy Control Strategies (a)||3|
|NRG*133||Lighting Fundamentals & Applications (a)||3|
|NRG*240||Energy Investment Analysis (a)||3|
|NRG*132||Industrial Energy Systems (a)||3|
|NRG*241||Commercial Energy Use Analysis & Simulations (a)||3|
|NRG*242||Energy Accounting (a)||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*143 or above, 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.
Courses within the Energy Management degree are also available to students in six short-term professional level certificates in the following energy sector specialties:
- Energy Core
- HVAC Energy Analysis
- Energy Accounting
- Energy Efficient Lighting
- Commercial Energy Auditing & Modeling
- 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.
- Evaluate energy use patterns of residential and commercial buildings.
- Recommend energy efficiency and renewable energy 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 blue prints including floor, mechanical, and electrical plans.
- Use problem-solving techniques & mathematics to transform concepts into energy related projects.
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.
Program Coordinator: Eric Gribin
Energy Management (A.A.S. Degree) Program Abilities:
Upon successful completion of all courses in the program, students will be able to:
1. evaluate energy use patterns of residential and commercial buildings
2. recommend energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for high energy consuming buildings
3. demonstrate an understanding of 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. demonstrate an ability to use problem-solving techniques & mathematics to transform concepts into energy related projects