Energy Management

April 10, 2016
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April 10, 2016 Mathew Spinelli

Energy Management

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

Learn more about career opportunities in clean energy with this video from the National Science Foundation and the BEST Center in Oakland, CA.

Energy Management

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Energy Management is a unique two-year training program that prepares students for rewarding careers in the “clean energy” sector.

Energy is a vital part of our society – it’s at the center of just about everything we do. Companies and homeowners are all seeking stable, low-cost ways of powering their businesses and their homes. Every day, new jobs are created that help reduce the use of fossil fuels while saving money and the environment. If you are looking for a rewarding career in a fast-growing field, there’s never been a better time to consider enrolling in the Tunxis Energy Management Program.

Using the campus as a “living laboratory,” students apply basic physics and analytical techniques to measure and define the energy use of building systems. The end goal is to pinpoint energy waste and recommend 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 efficient HVAC, lighting, energy auditing and building management. Local and regional energy business leaders serve on our Board of Advisors and provide for-credit internship opportunities for students, and full-time employment opportunities for graduates.

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.

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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.

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Energy industry turns to CT colleges for worker pipeline


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.

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.
  • 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.

“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

First Semester
Course #TitleCredits
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
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
Fourth Semester
NRG*132 Industrial Energy Systems (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*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:

  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.

The Student Learning Outcomes listed below identify the major learning goals related to the AAS Degree in Energy Management and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.

  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.


Mathew Spinelli
Program Director- STEAM & Advanced Manufacturing

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  Persons who are hearing impaired should call the State of Connecticut relay number 711.

Program Coordinator: Mathew Spinelli