Oct 17, 2021  
2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog 
2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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Length: Two years, 96 credits

Program Contacts

Estimated Cost: 13,198

  • Program-Specific Fees - $1,000
  • Resident Tuition and General Student Fees - $12,198

Tuition and fee estimates are based on the prior academic year's rates. Course tuition and fees may change during the year. Learn more and view updated tuition and fee information at www.lanecc.edu/esfs/credit-tuition.

Term-by-Term Course Plan

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:

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

Admission Information

Apply online at https://www.lanecc.edu/science/energy-management. 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 098  or MTH 095  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.
  • Lane Community College does not offer Physics online. Physics courses must be taken on campus or transferred from another institution.
  • 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, check with your Academic Advisor. There may be variations in courses needed.
  • Cooperative Education is a required and important part of the Energy Management program. It provides relevant field experience that integrates theory and practice while providing opportunities to develop skills, explore career options, and network with professionals and employers in the field. Students must complete six Co-op credits for the AAS degree. Students may use up to eighteen Co-op credits toward their degree requirements. Contact Gerry Meenaghan at MeenaghanG@lanecc.edu

Licensing and Certification

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

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