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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The growing Energy Management field is important to communities and organizations interested in making a positive impact on our energy and water resources. Facilities require technically knowledgeable problem solvers to manage their energy and water systems. In large commercial buildings, that means looking at the energy consumed by motors, HVAC systems, lighting, and even how people engage with them. Through a two-year Energy Management Degree from the Northwest Water & Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College, you will be prepared for the growing field of Energy Management.

Our highly-skilled instructors who are themselves energy management practitioners, will prepare you to evaluate energy patterns, identify energy-efficiency projects, and implement solutions for energy-related issues for facilities. Our rigorous online courses will be available direct to your doorstep to fit into your current schedule. You will also experience hands-on training and mentoring at one of our partnering organizations that will show you how to apply your newfound knowledge in the real world.

To learn more or to apply today, call (541) 463-6160 or email .

Needed: Skilled Workers in Energy Efficiency Tech. Starting pay $20-25/hr with online training and job placement assistance available. Why is there so much demand for Energy Efficiency Technicians? The way we produce and use energy globally is changing.
Needed: Skilled Workers in Energy Efficiency Tech. Starting pay $20-25/hr with online training and job placement assistance available. Why is there so much demand for Energy Efficiency Technicians? The way we produce and use energy globally is changing.

Is This Degree for You?

The 2-Year Online Degree in Energy Management is great for those who:

  • Have mechanical ability
  • Enjoy problem solving
  • Want to work in a growing, stable industry in Oregon and Washington
  • Are interested in competitive, well-paying work opportunities
  • Need or want the flexibility of online courses to complete as part of their current schedules

What You’ll Learn

Graduates of the program are able to:

  • 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 blueprints including floor, mechanical, and electrical plans.
  • Use problem-solving techniques & math to transform concepts into energy related projects.


Highly Credentialed Faculty

Lane Community College and its programs retain high-level educators who carry the highest credentials within their disciplines. Our faculty will share their expertise through valuable course information online, direct to your computer.

Although classes are online, our faculty and LCC staff and departments are located at our downtown Eugene campus should you need to connect with them in person or over the phone. Learn more about them. 

Hands-On Mentorship

A part of the course includes an in-person mentorship. Students will apply their knowledge in hands-on training opportunities at one of our partner organizations in Oregon and Washington. Partners include energy service departments at public utilities like EWEB, EPUD, Lane Electric, Salem Electric Central Oregon Coop, Ashland Electric and many others. This part of the degree program provides students with invaluable opportunities to make industry connections that can support or provide potential employment opportunities. The hands-on component is being piloted through the National Science Foundation.

Job Opportunities

We continually seek out and participate in local, regional, and national networking opportunities for one simple reason - to promote our graduates directly to those who can provide jobs. We’ve traditionally seen about 80% placement rate for students who have completed the program locally.

Graduates of our Energy Management degree find employment in a wide variety of disciplines and may work for a diverse number of employers such as engineering firms, lighting companies, public and private utilities, energy equipment companies, and departments of energy. Positions include:

  • Energy Program Specialist, Manager, or Coordinator
  • Energy Auditor, Analyst, or Specialist
  • Commissioning Technician
  • Facility Manager
  • Control System Specialist
  • Building Operator
  • Weatherization Installer and Technician

About Energy Management

Energy Management is a growing technical industry. Not only is it a viable way to maintain a high level of energy efficiency as technology and needs change, it’s a great field for those interested in elevating their technical and mechanical careers. For more than 30 years, NWEEI and LCC have successfully provided significant opportunities to train professional technicians who can immediately contribute to energy, water and cost savings in their communities. LCC was the first in the United States to offer a college degree in Energy Management.


What salary could I earn with this degree?

The average starting salary of graduates is $40,000-$50,000 annually.

How much of this course is online and how much is hands on?

The uniqueness of this program is all of the courses are entirely online. There are about 6 class out of 13 that have a hands-on requirement. Some are simple, some are complex. They begin simply and grow to complex. 

Where will the in-person portion of this program take place?

We partner with several public utilities throughout the Pacific Northwest. They include EWEB, EPUD, Lane Electric, Salem Electric, Central Oregon Coop, Ashland Electric, Callum PUD, Benton PUD, Silicon Valley Power, and many others.  

How much does this degree cost?

$11,500 covers tuition and fees.

Is financial aid available?

Students can take advantage of both financial aid and scholarship opportunities for our degrees.

Visit LCC Foundation to learn more about available scholarships. Students living in participating in public utility areas have additional scholarships available to them. Learn more.

Or learn more about financial aid programs, their qualification requirements, and the application process.

How long will it take me to complete this degree?

It will take 2 years with the majority completed online. It includes an in-person, hands-on mentor led partnership at one of our partnering employers.

Are there transferable credits available?

The degree is transferable to a 2-year completion bachelor’s degree through South Seattle College and at Cascadia College.

How do I learn more?

For more information, call (541) 463-6160 or email .

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.

Take the next step toward a new career in energy efficiency or water conservation

Contact us!

AEE logo: Approved Education Provider

Logo: Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Management


National Council State Authorization (SARA) Approved Institution

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A History of Success

For more than 30 years the Lane Energy Management Program has been a national leader for curriculum, courses, and activities, preparing hundreds of undergraduate students and professionals for jobs and careers in the energy field.


Have a question? Send us an email

Roger Ebbage at

Brenda Cervantes at

Additional information regarding 2-year degrees can also be found on the Lane Community College's website located at LCC Building Controls


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Eugene Water & Electric Board