Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

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The Water Conservation Technician program consists of an inspiring community of students and faculty dedicated to improving community water security and quality using ecologically sustainable practices.


The Program trains individuals to evaluate water use patterns; develop, implement, market and maintain conservation programs; perform public outreach; recommend water efficiency techniques; integrate alternative water sources; and perform systems analysis to solve problems.

As water related issues continue to increase, more voluntary and mandatory water conservation opportunities are being created that require a technical skill set like that which is offered within this program.

Earn $36,000- 51,000 annually while helping to create a positive change within our natural environment

The imminent crisis of Earth’s shrinking water supply is building a wave of opportunities for scientific expertise, knowledge, and innovative solutions ...

Carol Milano May 2010 Science Journal

Program Overview: Video

World Water Day: Video

The Water Conservation Technician program is a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree.

Graduates of the program are doing the important work of addressing the myriad of current and future issues related to water use, conservation, and natural resources stewardship.

Globally, water issues are at crisis levels. Nationally, water providers are scrambling to replace aging infrastructure, retiring employees and maintain quality and ecologic integrity. Western states are already experiencing an exponential increase in water-realated issues due to over- allocated surface water, decreasing snow pack trends, a doubling population by 2050 and rising pollution.

Sustainability, collaboration and interdisciplinary learning provide the foundation upon which a graduate builds skills to conserve resources and money while maintaining ecological integrity.


Graduates Of The Program Are Able To

  • Design, implement, evaluate, and market water conservation programs to a broad audience
  • Evaluate water usage patterns for rural, urban, residential, and commercial sites; recommend efficiency measures as well as alternate water sources.
  • Understand water distribution, flow, and elimination systems; basic hydraulics; quality issues; balance and time of use.
  • Understand the many stressors to water accessibility and how they interact to affect supply and demand along with other issues.
  • Monitor, collect, interpret and analyze data to evaluate effectiveness of programs and modify them over time.
  • Calculate water and cost savings and produce comprehensive cost/benefit analysis reports.

Our Goal is Your Success!


After completing the program, your goal will be employment and we take that very seriously. We continually seek out and participate in local, regional, and national networking opportunities for one simple reason - to promote our students directly to those who have the ability to provide jobs.

By providing you with a quality education built around an industry approved job task analysis we are extremely confident that you will be successful.

Graduates find employment in a wide variety of disciplines and may work for such diverse employers as engineering firms, lighting companies, public and private utilities, energy equipment companies, and departments of energy.

Some relevant job titles are:

  • Water Conservation - Program Specialist, Manager
  • Water Resource - Analyst, Specialist
  • Rainwater Harvesting Tech
  • Stormwater - Coordinator, Technician
  • Wastewater - Manager, Stores Supervisor, Program Analyst
  • Conservation Warden
  • Stewardship Coordinator

Sign Up For The Program.
It’s Easy!

Fill out a simplified one page application. A high school diploma (or equivalent) and Math 70 (Basic Algebra) is all that is required for entry.

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 Quick Links:

pdfAdmissions Form02/18/2014

pdfDownload Water Conservation Brochure12/10/2013

Credit Class Schedule
Fall 2015 | Winter 2016 | Spring 2016 | Summer 2015

Institute for Sustainable Practices - The Institute for Sustainable Practices works toward realizing Lane's core value of sustainability. The Institute also works on improving sustainability in Lane's educational and operational practices.


SUMMER Energy Management Certification
Annual Specialized Training Event

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July 10th-21st 2017
Registration now open!

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An Industry Challenge

The American Water Works Association has been tracking water industry trends since 1881. An aging workforce and talent attraction / retention continues to be a major concern for the water industry.

- Ranked #5 of 13: Significant Industry Challenges cited in the 2013 AWWA State of the Water Industry Report

AWWA Scholarships

AWWA and its members recognize the importance of investing in students as the future of the water industry. AWWA supports students through discounted memberships and more than 14 scholarships, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 annually.

AWWA Scholarship

Ready to join our 2yr program?


We've outlined a step by step process that will help you through student enrollment. If you're more of a visual thinker, check out the Energy Education Map / Flowchart .

Have a question? Give us a Call.

(541) 463-6160

Additional information regarding 2 year degrees can also be found on the Lane Community College's website located at:www.lanecc.edu/sustainability/sustainability-degree-programs


Generous Donations By
Eugene Water & Electric Board