Energy Management


Are you concerned about the Earth's resource consumption, conservation, and sustainability? Elgin Community College's coursework in energy management will teach you the business of renewable energy and learn from experts through field-based internships and coursework. You'll learn how to evaluate energy management and renewable energy systems in residential and commercial buildings as you study ways to optimize existing and state-of-the-art systems to work as a wind turbine technician, become certified in HVAC, or achieve EPA Section 608 Technician Certification. Get additional information, including course listings and class descriptions.

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Prepare for Immediate Employment

The future employment outlook for energy management is positive, as the demand for energy efficiency and sustainable practices continues to increase in various industries. Roughly 1,900 jobs are projected each year, on average, over the next decade

The growth in renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, and the increasing focus on energy efficiency in buildings and transportation are driving the demand for energy management professionals. Additionally, government policies and regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable energy practices are also contributing to the growth in this field. Refer to Career Coach for related occupations and compensation.

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Plan of Study and Course Descriptions

Review the ECC catalog for details about the energy management plan of study and course descriptions.

Associate of Applied Science

Basic Vocational Certificates

Vocational Certificates

What is Energy Management?

Energy management is the process of monitoring, controlling, optimizing, and conserving energy to minimize adverse effects on the environment. It tracks energy consumption to conserve all forms of usage.

The process of energy management includes:

  • Collecting and analyzing continuous data.
  • Identify optimal equipment schedules, control points, and usage rates to improve efficiency.
  • Calculate return on investments.
  • Execute advanced energy solutions.

Energy management is the measure of energy consumption to reduce costs, reduce carbon emissions, and reduce risks.

What will I study for a certificate in Energy Management?

The course of study includes work in solar heating, wind energy, solar electricity, and energy auditing. At ECC, you'll learn to evaluate energy management and renewable energy systems in residential and commercial buildings, including ways to optimize existing commercial and residential building automation systems and new state-of-the-art systems. In addition to classroom study, you'll be in the field performing energy audits and systems analysis on buildings in the Elgin area. Faculty members include veteran teachers and industry professionals.

What careers are involved with Energy Management?

Energy management career paths are far-reaching, well into the conventional professional arena.

Many careers are associated with Energy Management, such as manufacturing, engineering, logistics, land management, supply chain, business management, construction, scientists, program/project development, operation and maintenance, sales, research and development, government regulation, technicians, and education and training.

Refer to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for more career information.

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