Program Overview

The Emphasis in Energy Efficiency prepares students for a variety of jobs in the energy and construction sectors, especially related to energy efficiency. The program provides a breadth of knowledge in building science, construction and HVAC best practices, energy assessment, and energy efficiency retrofitting techniques. The program prepares students primarily for jobs as energy auditors, home energy raters, retrofit technicians and installers, compliance analysts (quality assurance), energy regulation specialists, rebate processors, cost estimators, technical sales representatives, and front-line sales representatives. The technical and business training will also enable students with additional experience or training to work as account representatives, marketing specialists, program and project managers, crew leads, business owners, contractors, and consultants. The program includes preparatory material relevant to credentials from the Building Performance Institute (BPI).

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses: Units
BUS. 115 Business Mathematics 3 units
BUS. 120 Mathematical Analysis for Business 3 units
BUS. 401 Business Communications 3 units
ESTM 400 Clean Energy Concepts, Policies and Industries 3 units
ESTM 402 Introduction to Residential Construction 3 units
ESTM 425 Commercial and Residential Building Performance Concepts 4 units
ESTM 426 Building Performance Retrofitting 4 units
ESTM 427 Introduction to Whole Home Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling (HVAC) 3 units
ESTM 490 Capstone Project in Energy Systems Technology Management 1.5 - 3 units
Select a minimum of 7 units from each of the following: Units
List A - Select at least one course from the following: Units
BUS. 100 Introduction to Business 3 units
BUS. 296 New Economy Marketing 3 units
BUS. 297 Business Planning for Success 2 units
MGMT 100 Introduction to Business Management 3 units
List B - Select at least one course from the following: Units
ESTM 410 Introduction to Solar Installation and Integration 3.5 units
ESTM 411 Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Systems and Markets 2 units
ESTM 412 Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Design Fundamentals 2 units
ESTM 413 Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Finance and Sales 2 units
ESTM 441 Solar Thermal Technology and Design 3 units
ESTM 445 Commercial Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Finance and Sales 2 units
List C - Select at least one course from the following: Units
COOP 670 Vocational Cooperative Education 1 - 4 units
ENVS 100 Introduction to Environmental Science 3 units
ESTM 428 Field Training and Exam Preparation for Energy Efficiency 0.5 units
ESTM 665 Selected Topics in Energy Systems Technology Management 0.5 - 2 units
Total Required Major Units: 31.5 - 33

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.