Logo: The Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College
Logo: The Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College

Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

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"Today’s controls workforce is responsible for delivering much more than reliable operations and/or expected temperature comfort to a particular building area."

Charles Cohen Sustainability Education Director SIEMENS, Infrastructure & Cities

With this two-year degree, one can earn $45,000 - $65,000 annually while helping to create a positive change within our built environment. The Energy Management program is acitvely working with the Association of Controls Professionals (ACP) to create anISO / ANSI practitioner certifiction that will become part of the Building Controls option and help to increase earning potential for program graduates beyond what is cited above.

In addition to interacting with a building automation system, the new generation of controls mechanics and managers must understand energy procurement and consumption, how buildings interact with both external and internal events, alternative energy sources and their integration into existing systems, remote services and building access, as well as how to deliver an interactive controls system that delivers value to customers.

Graduates of the Program are able to:

  • Use typical control system management software to evaluate energy use patterns for residential and commercial buildings.
  • Analyze a variety of commercial HVAC and lighting systems from a controls perspective.
  • Diagnose and troubleshoot existing control systems.
  • Become familiar with modules and electronics commonly used to implement building automation.
  • Develop and evaluate inferences and predictions that are based on collected data.
  • Recommend energy efficiency and alternative control solutions for high energy consuming buildings.
  • Understand the interactions between energy consuming building systems and implement control changes based on that understanding.

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.

Some relevant job titles are:

  • Building Controls - Operator, Programmer, Technician, Sales
  • Facility Manager
  • Control System Specialist
  • Controls Contractor

Degree / Course Descriptions

The classes listed below are subject to change. For the most current information, see AAS degree requirements within Lane Community College’s annual catalog.

YEAR 1

FALL TERM - 19 CREDITS

BT 123 MS EXCEL for Business

Recommend the ability to accurately type 30 words per minute and key 130-132 strokes per minute on an electronic calculator (or numeric keypad). Visit lanecc.edu/business/testing/keyboarding-skill-competency-recommendations for Business Department key- boarding guidelines or contact the instructor for details. This course introduces students to the use of Microsoft Excel to analyze questions found in a typical business setting. Students will create accurate, professional-looking spreadsheets and graphs. May be offered online. Note: BT 123 was formerly numbered BT 114. A student who has taken this class under the previous number may not take it again under this new number and receive duplicate credit.

Prerequisite: CS 120 and MTH 065 or higher or equivalent math placement test.

4 credits

MTH 095 Intermediate Algebra

Topics include equations, function notation, polynomials, coordinate graph- ing, rational equations, radical equations, exponents, quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, inequalities and problem solving methods. Scientific Calculator is required. Please refer to the Calculator Recommendation Chart on lanecc.edu/math. This course provides a foundation for MTH 097, MTH 105, MTH 111, or MTH 211 or MTH 213. This course is available in a self-paced for- mat (see heading Mathematics: Self-paced format).

Prerequisite: Within the past four terms completed MTH 065, MTH 070 or equivalent course with a grade of “C-” or better or passed a placement test through the Testing Office. MTH 095 is a 5 credit course with 4 credits earned through lecture format and 1 earned through participation in the Math Resource Center’s tutoring and additional instruction. If you have taken a higher level math course than this and passed the course with a “C-” or better, you may not use this course for your degree/certificate requirements.

5 credits

NRG 101 Introduction to Energy Management

This course defines the need for energy management as an integral part of society at all levels. The course presents the various employment opportunities available to energy management students through lectures, video and guest speakers. Technical information includes basic energy accounting and analysis protocol.

Prerequisite: Program Admittance.

3 credits

CST 110 Blueprint Reading 1

Minimum reading score of 68 OR RD 080 OR RD 087 And EL115 OR Prior College. Provides skills in understanding blueprints. Emphasizes fundamentals of blueprint reading, including development of skills in understanding basic lines, views, dimensions, symbols, and notations.

3 credits

PH 101 Fundamentals of Physics

The ‘Fundamentals of Physics’ courses provide an introduction to a broad range of fundamental physics concepts. PH 101,2,3 are recommended for anyone seeking a good basic level of physics literacy. The sequence is designed for non-science majors, but also serves prospective science majors who want to gain a better conceptual grounding before taking General Physics. The sequence also meets physics elective requirements for career-technical students, and provides physics transfer credit if needed. Emphasis is on everyday phenomena and conceptual understanding more than calculations. PH 101 focuses on the nature of science, data analysis, Newton’s explanation of motion, momentum, energy, gravity, the atomic nature of matter, and properties of solids, liquids, gases, and plasmas. The class environment includes labs, demonstrations, discussion, and individual and group activities.

Prerequisite: MTH 052 or above with grade of ‘C-’ or better or pass placement test. Some or all of the PH 101,2,3 sequence can be taken in any order.

4 credits

WINTER TERM - 15 CREDITS

CS 133JS Beginning Programming: JavaScript

Prerequisite: MTH 060 or higher and CIS 195 Web Authoring I (formerly CS 195) or instructor consent. This course provides students with the concepts and skills required to create dynamic, interactive Web pages using client side JavaScript. May be offered online.

4 credits

CS 179 Introduction to Computer Networks

Prerequisite: Basic computer literacy. An introduction to computer networks with emphasis on theory and concepts. Provides a general overview of the networking field as a basis for continued study. Topics include network protocols and topologies, local area network architectures, the client-server model and internetworking devices. Provides experience using a local area network. May be offered online.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to: 1. Understand the basic concepts and architecture of local area and wide area networks. 2. Understand the various operations and resources provided by modern network operating systems and the fundamentals of network management and troubleshooting. 3. Understand the purpose and use of internetworking devices, such as routers and switches. 4. Understand and use client-server and peer-to-peer networking facilities. 5. Understand the fundamentals and uses of wireless networking. 6. Understand and run network utility programs to learn the characteristics of network traffic and to learn network addressing. 7. Understand the fundamentals of network security. 8. Understand the details of the various versions of Ethernet. 9. Understand network standards, such as the OSI model, and the reasons for standardization. 10. Understand the fundamental operation and organization of the Internet. 11. Understand the purpose of various network protocols, such as, FTP, HTTP, TCP, IP, ARP, and ICMP. 12. Understand the components and operation of the physical network, such as, network topologies, structured cabling, and network interfaces. 13. Understand the fundamentals of network design and network mapping.

4 credits

NRG 111 Residential/Light Commercial Energy Analysis

Topics include residential/light commercial heating systems; heat transfer through building envelope; degree days; sources of internal heat gains; heat loss calculations, indoor air pollution; codes and regulations. Spreadsheets will be used.

Prerequisite: Department Approval

3 credits

PH 102 Fundamentals of Physics

Some or all of the PH 101,2,3 sequence can be taken in any order. PH 102 focuses on the science of heat and thermody- namics, waves and sound, and electricity and magnetism. See information about the Fundamentals of Physics sequence in the PH 101 course description. The class environment includes labs, demonstrations, discussion, and individual and group activities.

Prerequisite: MTH 052 or above with grade of ‘C-’ or better or pass placement test.

4 credits

SPRING TERM - 15 CREDITS

NRG 103 Sustainability in The Built Environment


Introduces the relationship between sustainability and buildings by addressing the "Three Es of Sustainability" in the built environment. Explores the ENVIRONMENTAL influence of buildings; ECONOMIC benefits of conservation and efficiency measures; and SOCIAL EQUALITY of improving quality of life. The course utilizes the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) framework.

Prerequisite: Program Admittance.

3 credits

NRG 121 Air Conditioning System Analysis

Students investigate the physical principles of HVAC systems. Topics include related HVAC system equations, refrigeration, psychometrics, central forced air furnaces, ground couple heat pumps, SEERs, EERs, AFUEs, fuels, and unitary single zone and multi-zone secondary systems.

3 credits

NRG 124 Energy Efficiency Methods


Students learn analysis of energy systems with a focus on efficiencies of energy conversion devices. Students will gain proficiency in some common units and formulas required to work with energy and power and analyze the energy or cost savings associated with efficiency strategies.

Prerequisite: PH 102. Department Approval.

4 credits

NRG 131 Lighting Fundamentals

Topics include assessment of quantity and quality of light, light sources, luminaries, lighting controls, manufacturer lamp and ballast specifications, lighting power density, lighting-HVAC interactions, retrofit opportunities, cost savings analysis, and lighting codes/regulations. Requires a directly supervised lighting audit project.

4 credits

NRG 206 Co-op Ed: Energy Management Seminar

Prerequiste: Instructor approval. Students will increase their understanding of industry expectations as well as develop job search tools and skills. Students will learn and practice presenting themselves to employers in a competent and professional manner in preparation for a cooperative education internship.

2 credits

SUMMER TERM - 7 CREDITS

WR 121 Introduction to Academic Writing

This fundamental course for all writing students introduces students to the conventions of academic writing. It emphasizes defining and developing a significant topic and using principles of clear thinking to support an assertive or argumentative thesis. Students will gain an understanding of their subject matter, audience, purpose, and point-of-view, and demonstrate that understanding through the organization and development of their essays. Students will learn how to analyze and evaluate other writers’ work to sharpen their critical abilities as readers and writers. The course also introduces students to skills in source analysis, documentation, and beginning research methods. May be offered online.

Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on Lane’s Writing Placement Test or a passing grade (Cor better) in WR 115.

4 credits

Physical Education / Health Requirements 2

Physical Education
3 credits one course required from the list of activity classes, plus two additional credits from PE 181-298. They may be met in any term of the two-year program. One credit from PE 186W and one credit from a Dance prefix accepted to meet this requirement.
OR
Health Education
One course from this list: EXMS 214, FN 225, HE 152, 209, 222, 240, 250, 255, 262 or 275; or HE 125, 252 (summer 1997 or later), HI 101

3 credits

YEAR 2

FALL TERM - 15 CREDITS

NRG 122 Commercial Air Conditioning System Analysis

Students learn to identify commercial HVAC system types and the energy impact of each type. Calculations will be used to determine HVAC system efficiency. Students will investigate HVAC delivery systems including fans pumps dampers, control valves, and ducting. The course includes field work.

Prerequisite: Department Approval.

3 credits

NRG 123 Energy Control Strategies

Topics include building system control theory and devices, including electric, pneumatic, and digital controls. An emphasis is placed on identifying and understanding control strategies to estimate energy savings. Hands on labs reinforce device identification. Students complete an energy efficiency controls calculation project.

Prerequisite: Department Approval.

4 credits

NRG 185 Lighting Controls

Students will gain functional knowledge of a variety of commercial building lighting control systems ranging from simple manual on/off switching to complex automatically-controlled systems to newer digitally controlled systems. Students will identify and describe lighting systems/types/technology, including control systems with emphasis on comparing the benefits of one system versus another. Students will modify control system parameters based on original design or new control sequences.

Learning Objectives: Upon successful copletion of this course, the student will:

  • 1 -Define and use appropriate vocabulary specific to commercial lighting control systems
  • 2- Select appropriate systems for various control applications
  • 3 -Modify control sequences of operation
  • 4 -Identify and solve control system issues
  • 5- Specify lighting control system components
  • 6- Use critical thinking skills to identify and evaluate energy saving opportunities
  • 7- Calculate energy consumption savings

4 credits

WR 227 Technical Writing

This transfer course emphasizes forms of writing demanded in the workplace rather than academic essays. While addressing issues like evaluation of materials and audiences, sources of information, organization and design, and visual aids, the writings include letters, informal reports, descriptions, instructions, and proposals. May be offered online.

Prerequisite: A passing grade (C- or better) in WR 121 or a passing score on the English Department’s waiver exam. Recommended: A passing grade (C- of better) in WR 122.

4 credits

WINTER TERM - 15 CREDITS

NRG 112 Commercial Energy Use Analysis

Emphasis is on the analysis of energy use in commercial buildings. Topics include utility bill analysis, identifying energy consumption sources and related energy efficiency measures, use of micro-dataloggers, energy savings and investment calculations, audit report writing. Students complete a supervised field audit.

Prerequisite: Department Approval.

4 credits

NRG 181 Direct Digital Controls 1

Hands-on training using control system management software. Configuring alarms and user access, trend control points, generating reports, adjusting control loops, experiencing a functioning building control system. Dashboard and metering systems, with an emphasis on future smart grid functionality.

4 credits

NRG 182 Commercial HVAC Controls

Controls perspective on commercial HVAC systems, ranging from older pneumatically controlled systems to newer digitally controlled systems. Comparing the benefits of different mechanical room systems and control systems. Retrofit opportunities and other energy conservation measures.

4 credits

Human Relations 3


This series of courses present the interpersonal ‘people skills’ that are important in the modern workplace. Topics and classes are varied. You must take all 3 Credits to satisfy an AAS degree but a range of Human Relations classes can be directly applied to this requirement. It is recommended students at least take some of CG203 Human Relations at Work as the content can usually be directly applied within the workplace and Energy or Water related careers.

3 credits

SPRING TERM - 17 CREDITS

NRG 184 Direct Digital Controls 2

Prerequisite: NRG181 Hands-on training modules and electronics used to implement building automation; control loop logic, schematics, and sequences of operation with applications for desired system behaviors. Controls design process, implementation, and commissioning using industry software and equipment.

4 credits

NRG 183 Controls Retuning and Troubleshooting

Prerequisite: NRG 181 Diagnostics and troubleshooting building control systems. Use occupant comfort complaints or other alerts, determine causes, use trend logging and visual inspection of equipment, and determine problem solutions; set point changes, modify control loops, return control loops or schedule maintenance.

4 credits

NRG 142 Energy Accounting

This course will include review of energy units, data gathering for energy accounting utility rates and schedules, energy data organization, adjusted baselines, cost avoidance, load factor, data analysis, data presentation, use EPA's Portfolio Manager software. It will also include a breif overview of simple payback and life-cycle cost analysis, time value of money, cost-benefit analysis, effects of tax credits, inflation, escalation, and cost estimating procedures.

Prerequisite: BT 123 Course. Department Approval.

4 credits

NRG 280 Co-op Ed: Energy Management

This internship course offers a work experience that integrates theory and practice in the field of energy management. It provides opportunities to develop skills, explore career options and network with professionals and employers while earning academic credit toward the degree. Minimum of 6 credits for AAS degree is required

6-18 credits

Note: Required Cooperative Education internships may also be taken during the summer (a maximum of 18 co-op credits).
Prerequisites are required for some courses. Up to date course descriptions are located in the Lane Community College Annual College Class Catalog.
1. Must be completed during first year.
2. Physical Education Activity/Health requirement: 3 credits total.
3. Human Relations/Social Science requirement: 3 credits total.
4. Directed electives to be arranged with program advisor.

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PROVIDED IN PART BY THE
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Be in the Drivers Seat

Students first gain a solid understanding of direct digital & Pneumatic systems and are then trained to implement changes that directly impact operations and building energy usage.

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(541) 463-6160

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

 

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