Nov 26, 2022  
2022-2023 Lane Community College Catalog 
2022-2023 Lane Community College Catalog

Energy Management Technician: Building Controls Technician (online), AAS

Length: 93 credits

Program Contacts

Estimated Cost: $15,468

  • Resident Tuition: $12,323*
  • Technology Fees: $1,209
  • General Student Fees: $407** (if applicable)
  • Online Course Fee: $930
  • Books / Course Materials: $250 (Some courses use Open Educational Resources (OER), which are free or low-cost materials.)
  • Other Cost / Expenses: $350*** (controls building kit)

Costs provided are estimates only. Learn more and view current tuition and fee information at

Resident tuition is based on all program requirements (general education, core, directed electives).

**General Student fees are paid once each term, depending on whether you are taking classes on Main Campus, or at one of the outreach centers or by distance learning. 

*** Any special info about program costs or expenses.

**** This is the total of all the differential fees attached to the courses in this program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Through this program, students will learn how residential and commercial building systems consume energy by understanding how systems work and the interaction between one another. Students will be able to evaluate and measure consumption and make an informed recommendation on building system energy efficiency improvements. Students will also learn the basics of Building Controls systems and how they are fundamental to achieving higher levels of energy efficiency through building operation. Employment is found with Controls System Suppliers, Controls Installation Contractors, Government, Utilities, Engineering Firms, School Districts.

Students who complete this program will be able to:

PLO 1: Evaluate the energy use patterns for residential and commercial buildings and recommend energy efficiency measures and renewable energy solutions for high energy consuming buildings
PLO 2: Understand the interaction between energy consuming building systems and make energy use reduction recommendations based on that understanding
PLO 3: Construct energy evaluation technical reports and make presentations for potential project implementation
PLO 4: Collect and display data as lists, tables, and plots using appropriate technology (e.g., Excel and other computer software)
PLO 5: Develop and evaluate inferences and predictions that are based on collected data
PLO 6: Interpret the concepts of a problem-solving task, and, using mathematics, translate concepts into energy-related projects
PLO 7: Read and analyze building blue prints including floor, mechanical, and electrical plans
PLO 8: Read elevations, sections, schedules, and construction notes
PLO 9: Analyze a variety of commercial HVAC and lighting systems from a controls perspective
PLO 10: Become familiar with modules and electronics commonly used to implement building automation schemes
PLO 11: Write building control systems schemes
PLO 12: Understand control system management software
PLO 13: Diagnose and troubleshoot existing building control systems

Admission Information

Apply online at Applicants must have completed MTH 065  or MTH 070  prior to enrollment. Individual courses may be taken with department/instructor approval.

Program Requirements

General Education

General Education courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass. It is recommended that General Education requirements be completed prior to entering the program.

Writing (8 credits) - Complete both of the following:

Math (5 credits) - Complete one of the following:

Human Relations (3-4 credits) - Complete one of the following:

Physics (8 credits) - Complete one of the following sequences:

Program Core Courses

Program Core courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or Pass.

NOTE: BT 123 , CS 133JS , and CS 275  have prerequisites that are not embedded into the program but must be completed prior to completing the required program course. Work with your academic advisor on when to take these prerequisites. Students who have previous computer experience may be able to waive the prerequisite for BT 123 . Please contact the Business Department for information about waiving prerequisites.


  • This program follows Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Requirements  unless otherwise specified.
  • Completion of MTH 065  or MTH 070  (or Program Coordinator permission) must be obtained prior to enrolling in the program.
  • MTH 095  or higher may be taken any term but must be completed by the end of the first year.
  • WR 121 WR 227 , and Human Relations may be taken any term.
  • All NRG courses are offered fully online.
  • LCC may not offer Physics online. To learn more and for alternative options, please check with your Academic Advisor. 
  • Deviation from the prescribed course sequence will impact a student's ability to complete the program in a two year time frame. Please contact Program Coordinator and/or Academic Advisor to determine prescribed course sequence.
  • For transfer opportunities and university partnerships, check with your Academic Advisor. There may be variations in courses needed.

Licensing and Certification

  • Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager In Training (EMIT).

Apprenticeship Option

The Building and Controls Apprenticeship (BECA) is a new Oregon State Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) approved apprenticeship program. BECA consists of two required components:

  • Related Training: online instruction through the LCC Energy Management Building Controls Technician program which results in the above AAS degree.
  • On-the-job (OJT) work experience: 2,000 hours of work experience that begins after the first year of classroom instruction and is paid for by the Training Agent (employer). Advancement through the 2,000 hours includes incrementally increased compensation after each of four 500 hours of OJT. 

Additionally, BECA recommends but does not require, that completers take a comprehensive cumulative exam administered by The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). The AEE Certified Energy Manager (CEM) ANSI 17024 Accredited exam is the most sought-after credential in the Energy Efficiency industry.

More information can be found at