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-credentialed instructors 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.

FAQs

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, 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 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.

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.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu
  • Transfer from a Local Community College or Accredited Online Institution
  • Potential course substitution

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.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu
  • Transfer from a Local Community College or Accredited Online Institution
  • Potential course substitution

5 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.

Class Options:

  • Transfer from a Local Community College or Accredited Online Institution
  • Potential course substitution

3 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.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu

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.

Class Options:

  • Transfer from a Local Community College or Accredited Online Institution

4 credits

WINTER TERM - 17 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.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu

3 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.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu

3 credits

NRG 154 Alternative Energy Technologies

A survey of the sources of renewable energy that may be used to increase energy supply in the Pacific Northwest. Included are geothermal, wind, low head hydro, solar and biomass. Environmental, social and economic advantages of each source are assessed.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu

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.

Class Options:

  • Transfer from a Local Community College or Accredited Online Institution

4 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.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu
  • Transfer from a Local Community College or Accredited Online Institution
  • Potential course substitution

4 credits

SPRING TERM - 17 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.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu
  • Potential course substitution

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.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu

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.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu

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.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu

2 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.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu
  • Transfer from a Local Community College or Accredited Online Institution
  • Potential course substitution

4 credits

YEAR 2

FALL TERM - 12 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.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu

3 credits

WATR 202 Fostering Sustainable Practices

Study communication and collaboration skills that develop effective community sustainability programs. Learn techniques to overcome sustainable behavior barriers. Practice community initiatives through direct people contact, and learn how green industry practitioners encourage sustainable practices.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu

3 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.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu
  • Transfer from a Local Community College or Accredited Online Institution

3 credits

Directed Electives 4


Directed electives are classes that must be discussed with your program advisor to best match your degree, intrests and job prospects. They may be met in any term of the two-year program. Check current class schedule for which Directed Electives are offered in a given term.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu
  • Transfer from a Local Community College or Accredited Online Institution

3 credits

WINTER TERM - 14 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.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu

4 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.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu

4 credits

Directed Electives 4

Directed electives are classes that must be discussed with your program advisor to best match your degree, intrests and job prospects. They may be met in any term of the two-year program. Check current class schedule for which Directed Electives are offered in a given term.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu
  • Transfer from a Local Community College or Accredited Online Institution

3 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

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu
  • Transfer from a Local Community College or Accredited Online Institution

3 credits

SPRING TERM - 13 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.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu

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

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu

6-18 credits

NRG 110 Energy Software & Applications

Energy Efficiency Software & Productivity Applications for Industry - Students will be exposed to several of most commonly used software applications within the Energy industry. Course covers basic features of each software application along with how to use the software to solve common problems and or tasks.

Prerequisite: Department Approval.

Class Options:

  • Take online at Lanecc.edu

Objectives:

  • Understand the fundamentals of each software and identify major features
  • Recognize & Identify current software and describe how each is utilized within the industry.
  • Demonstrate basic software application skills by completing a task.
  • Employ several applications in conjunction in order to solve a case study.
  • Identify software required given different scenarios or job tasks.

Course Outline/Topics:

• Electronic Blueprints, Schematics, Building Information
   Software: AutoCAD, SketchUp, Revit, Navisworks, Bluebeam Revu
• Building Energy Modeling
    Software: eQuest, EnergyPlus, REScheck & RESnet (Residential),  
• System Energy Modeling
    Software: Motormasters, CanMOST, SPECTRA (HVAC),  Elite RHVAC (Manual-J),Autodesk® Ecotect (Daylight), AGi32 (Lighting)
• Project & Asset Management
    Software: MSProject, Teamwork, Bootcamp, Zendesk
• Building & Meter Dashboard/Automation Basics
    Software: ALC WebCRTL, APOGEE (Siemens), SMA (Solar), School/FacilityDude
• Utility Bill Management Software
    Software: Portfolio Manager, Encovia, EnergyCAP
• Sharing Data: Collaboration, Formats & Interoperability
    Software: Office 365 (Onedrive), Googlesphere, WebEx, Dropbox, Box.net

4 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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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? 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: lanecc.edu/nweei

 

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