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Energy Management Technology Associate Degree

Program Code: 104813

Energy expenses make up a part of every business' bottom line. Employers are seeking those skilled in monitoring energy consumption with the ability to detect and evaluate energy efficiency opportunities. Graduates of the Energy Management Technology associate degree program are equipped to lead businesses' energy management initiatives. Energy managers work within a variety of business sectors: utility companies; energy equipment companies; government agencies; and heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration contractors. Graduates may also find careers as energy auditors, energy management consultants, or energy program coordinators.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Energy Management, 904811

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Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment for such diverse employers as engineering firms, public and private utilities, energy equipment companies, HVACR contractors and departments of energy in the following areas:

• Energy Auditor: conducts facility energy audits/assessments and completes data collection to identify energy efficiency improvement opportunities and complete recommendations for energy conservation measures.

• Energy Management Consultant: conducts facility energy audit/assessments and is responsible for making recommendations regarding energy efficiency improvement opportunities. Prepares cost estimates, energy analysis and is accountable for building long term customer relationships.

• Energy Program Coordinator: evaluates the energy use patterns for buildings and recommends energy efficiency and alternative energy solutions. Develops and implements a comprehensive energy program. Works with administrative and facilities management to implement programs.

• Control System Specialist: analyzes heating, cooling and ventilating systems to determine optimum operating conditions and procedures. Assists in the design and development of new or modified HVAC systems to achieve uniformity.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

• Facility Manager
• Certified Energy Manager
• Building Manager
• Energy Engineer
• Environmental Consultant

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted).
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Energy Management Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-480-101 ENERGY-INTRO RENEW & SUSTAIN ...an overview of various renewable energy technologies and sustainable design practices and their current applications. Emphasis will be placed on policies, renewable energy production, green products and jobs.
10-481-114 INTRO TO ENERGY MANAGEMENT ...introduces the basic concepts of energy, utility systems and utility rate structures; defines the need for energy management as an integral part of society at all levels. The course will present the various opportunities available to energy management students.
10-660-104 DC 1: INTRODUCTION ...introduction to the concepts of DC electricity and simple series circuits. Voltage, current, resistance, Ohm's Law, power and Kirchoff's Voltage Law are defined.
10-660-105 DC 2: CIRCUITS ...analysis of parallel and series-parallel circuits. Application of Kirchoff's Current Law to parallel circuit combinations. Introduction of current sources and source conversions. (Corequisites: 10-804-118, Interim Algebra w Apps OR 10-804-113, College Tech Math 1A; 10-660-104, DC 1: Intro)
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 2400; OR Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-806-143 COLLEGE PHYSICS 1 ...presents the applications and theory of basic physics principles. This course emphasizes problem solving, laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include laboratory safety, unit conversions and analysis, kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature, and heat. (Prereq: 2.6 GPA & Alg 2 or equiv w/C or better; OR placement value of 3400; OR Accuplacer Reading greater/equal to 80, Arith greater/equal to 65, & Elem Alg greater/equal to 61; OR ACT Reading greater/equal to 17 & Math greater/equal to 21; OR Coll Tech Math 1A OR Int Alg w/C or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER
10-103-131 MICRO: EXCEL-INTRODUCTION ...creating a worksheet, enhancing worksheet appearance, moving and copying data, using formulas and functions, creating charts and using clip art. Windows experience improves success; consider 10-103-111, Windows/Computer Basics.
10-196-187 PROJECT MANAGEMENT ...the role of project management, developing a project proposal, use of relevant software, working with project teams, sequencing tasks, charting progress, dealing with variations, budgets and resources, implementation, and assessment.
10-481-116 BLDG. AUTOMATION SYSTEM (BAS) NETWORKING... presents the fundamentals concepts of data transmission in various media types. Topics include network fundamentals, standards, OSI model, IP protocol, network signal transmission, media, protocols, physical topologies, logical topologies, hardware, typical BAS networks, and typical BAS subnetworks.
10-660-107 AC 1: PROPERTIES ...introduction to the properties of capacitors and inductors including types and behavior in switching circuits. Inductor basics include a study of magnetic fields. (Prerequisite: 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits; Corequisite: 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps OR 10-804-114, College Tech Math 1B)
10-660-108 AC 2: REACTANCE ...study of the way inductive, capacitive and resistive components behave in a circuit excited by a sine waveform. Effective and average values of the sinewave are derived. (Corequisite: 10-660-107, AC 1: Properties)
10-664-100 AUTOMATION 1: CONTROL LOGIC ...electric motor control components such as switches, relays, starters, transformers; and safely mount and install motor and motor control components and perform related wiring and troubleshooting of motor control circuits.
10-664-101 AUTOMATION 2: MOTOR CONTROL ...electric motor control components such as sensors, timers and counters. (Corequisite: 10-664-100, Automation 1: Control Logic)
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Placement value of 1500; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-804-114 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1B ...topics include: performing operations on polynomials; solving quadratic and rational equations; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; and oblique triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA above 2.6 or satisfactory reading and math assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR the appropriate Corequisite/s: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep; 10-834-107, Intro to Algebra)
10-605-157 POWER ELECTRONICS 1: DEVICES ...the device characteristics and applications of thyristors, power transistors, and switching devices.
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
THIRD SEMESTER
10-403-100 BLUEPRINT READING INTRO ...develop the knowledge skills process and understanding of site plans, footings and foundations, floor plans, elevations, below-grade piping, above-grade piping, isometric piping diagrams, schedules and details, electrical floor plans, lighting, ventilating, and air conditioning.
10-481-109 COMMERCIAL HVACR ANALYSIS ...identify commercial HVAC system types and the general energy use impact of each type. Calculations of system equipment efficiencies will be used to determine EER, SEER, AFUE, COP, combination and seasonal efficiency in boilers, balance point partial efficiency, BIN analysis. (Prerequisites: 10-481-114, Intro to Energy Management)
10-481-111 ENERGY CONTROL STRATEGIES ...topics include building system control concepts and devices; including electric, pneumatic and digital controls, emphasis is placed on identifying and understanding control strategies related to energy using systems and methods to estimate energy savings. (Prerequisite: 10-481-114, Intro to Energy Management)
10-481-115 LIGHTING FUNDAMENTALS ...light sources, luminaries, lighting controls, manufacturer lamp and ballast specifications, lighting power density, lighting-HVAC interactions, retrofit opportunities, cost savings analysis and lighting codes/regulations. Students will critically evaluate lighting systems, luminaries and associated components. Understand and perform various types of lighting calculations. (Prerequisite: 10-481-114, Intro to Energy Management)
10-660-110 ELECTRONICS 1: DIODES-BASIC ...introduction to the characteristics and usage of semiconductor diodes in rectifiers and linear power supplies. Special diodes and diode circuits are also considered. (Prerequisite: 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits; Corequisite: 10-660-107, AC 1: Properties)
10-664-102 AUTOMATION 3: PLC ...basic programmable logic controller programming and troubleshooting.
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-620-220 PUMPS: INTRO TO FLUID MOVING DEVICES ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding of pumps, the different classifications of pumps, the inner workings, general maintenance and pumping theory.
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-481-107 BUILDING ENERGY SIMULATION ...course covers the variety of computer programs available for analyzing the energy performance of commercial buildings including BIN methodology, hourly simulations and an overview of current programs on the market such as RETScreen and eQuest. (Prerequisites: 10-481-109, Commercial HVACR Systems Analysis; 10-481-111, Energy Control Strategies; 10-481-115, Lighting Fundamentals)
10-481-108 COMMERCIAL ENERGY ANALYSIS ...emphasis is on the analysis of energy use in commercial buildings including utility bill analysis, audit data, identifying energy efficiency measures, energy savings and investment calculations, audit report writing. (Prerequisites: 10-481-109, Commercial HVACR Systems Analysis; 10-481-111, Energy Control Strategies, 10-481-115, Lighting Fundamentals)
10-481-110 ENERGY ACCOUNTING ...review of energy units, data gathering for energy accounting utility rates and schedules, energy data organization, adjusted baselines, cost avoidance, load factor, data analysis, data presentation, use of utility energy accounting software. (Prerequisites: 10-481-109, Commercial HVACR Systems Analysis; 10-481-111, Energy Control Strategies, 10-481-115, Lighting Fundamentals)
10-481-113 ENERGY INVESTMENT ANALYSIS ...emphasis on simple payback and life-cycle cost analysis, time value of money, cash flow equivalence, cost-benefit analysis, tax credits, depreciation, inflation and/or escalating fuel costs on energy investments and cost estimating. (Prerequisites: 10-481-109, Commercial HVACR Systems Analysis; 10-481-111, Energy Control Strategies, 10-481-115, Lighting Fundamentals)
10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better)
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
TOTAL CREDITS
64
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.
. Students completing General Studies courses at NWTC must earn a "C" or better in English Composition to enrolling Technical Reporting.
. Students completing College Technical Math 1A must earn a "C" or better to enroll in College Technical Math 1B.

Program Outcomes

• Evaluate the energy use patterns for commercial building and recommend operational, energy efficiency and alternative energy solutions for buildings experiencing high-energy cost and/or consumption
• Troubleshoot, upgrade and maintain the Energy Management Systems (EMS); perform data recovery and backup duties
• Monitor the effectiveness of energy management operations, detecting, where possible, equipment failures
• Construct energy evaluation technical reports and make presentations for potential project implementation, along the lines of ASHRAE Level 3 energy audit requirements
• Upload and download information from remote and local networks to aid in the efficiency of energy management
• Read utility bills/tariffs, mechanical blueprints and control drawings
• Independently respond to calls for heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and exterior lighting service; and determine whether to dispatch appropriate staff or to resolve problems remotely via the energy management system
• Write technical proposals for energy projects

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Note

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

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