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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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: 



The Water Conservation Technician program is a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree taught fully online. Students never need to travel to Lane Community College to complete this program.

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-related issues due to over-allocated surface water, decreasing snowpack 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 the 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.  Employment opportunities in Water Conservation are excellent.  Students must consider the Western United States when seeking employment as those willing to relocate will have greater employment opportunities.

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

Degree / Course Descriptions

The classes 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!

National Council State Authorization (SARA) Approved Institution

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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


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


Generous Donations By
Eugene Water & Electric Board