Edmonds Community College is offering a new two-year energy management degree that will give graduates the expertise to turn energy wasters into energy savers and the know-how to help make our region more energy efficient, according to a press release.
The degree teaches skills suited for people currently working in the industry, seeking entry-level work in the field, or taking on new responsibilities in energy efficiency at their workplace.
Students will learn about where the region’s energy comes from, its uses and how to monitor energy programs. They will train to manage and account for energy use as well as to lead projects, analyze data and create reports.
Employers hiring workers trained in energy conservation are utilities, large corporations and businesses that install energy-saving equipment, including lighting and HVAC contractors, “green” builders, weatherization manufacturing and sales businesses and solar power system services.
Most classes for the energy management degree are offered evenings and online. Certificates are also available that can be completed in six months or less.
Students can become certified as a residential energy auditor, commercial lighting auditor, energy accounting specialist, or energy efficiency technician. Each certificate counts toward the two-year associate of technical arts degree in energy management, which transfers to Central Washington University.