Through a Department of Energy award, the Lane Community College Energy Management Team is working with the University of Oregon Energy Studies in Buildings Lab to develop a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) in Energy Management with a Building Controls emphasis. Students applying for the apprenticeship program in the fall of 2021 will be eligible to pursue the paid, 2000 hour on-the-job RAP workplace requirement by the summer of 2022!!! The future is very good for this industry. For more information please contact Roger Ebbage at
UPDATE!!!! Lane received its RAP last Thursday. We have an apprenticeship program!!! Sign up now and get started.
With every transition in U.S. administrations, there comes change, and the new administration will be no different. The direction the incoming administration takes on energy efficiency, sustainability, and decarbonization and the immediate policy changes could have an enormous impact on energy engineers. American Energy Engineers. AEE
"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
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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 actively working with the Association of Controls Professionals (ACP) to create an ISO / ANSI practitioner certification 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
For the most current information, see AAS degree requirements within Lane Community College’s annual catalog.
For additional descriptions of the classes please see the Online - Energy Management Degree focused on Building Controls