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.


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


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Elementary Algebra: 61; Reading Comprehension: 80; Sentence Skills: 75. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMEFall 2016Spring 2017Summer 2017
Green Bay

Application Checklist

Students following the study plan below will complete the Energy Management Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
Energy-Intro Renew & Sustain
10-480-101 ENERGY-INTRO RENEW & SUSTAIN 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. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Intro to Energy Management
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
DC 1: Introduction
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
DC 2: Circuits
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; 10-804-113, College Tech Math 1A; OR equivalent; 10-660-104, DC 1: Intro) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Interm Algebra w Apps
10-804-118 INTERM ALGEBRA W APPS ...algebra content with applications. Topics include properties of real numbers, order of operations, algebraic solution for linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomial and rational expressions, operations with rational exponents and radicals, algebra of inverse, logarithmic and exponential functions. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Elementary Algebra=61 or ACT-Math =21 or 10-834-110, Elementary Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent)
College Physics 1
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. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Elem Algebra=61 or ACT-Math score=21 or 10-834-110, Elementary Algebra w/Apps with "C" or better AND Accuplacer Reading=80 or ACT-Reading=17 or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
College 101
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
Micro: Excel-Intro
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
Project Management
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.
Intro to Water Resources
10-481-106 INTRO TO WATER RESOURCES of water, basic hydrology, water quality; water consumption standards related to energy; stormwater, wastewater and drinking water; water supply and demand management as well as emerging issues. (Prerequisites: 10-481-114, Intro to Energy Management) Course Typically Offered: Spring
Power Electricity 1: Motors
10-620-161 POWER ELECTRICITY 1: MOTORS ...DC motors and generator configuration, shunt, compound, and permanent magnet DC motor performance and characteristics. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Power Electricity 2: Motors
10-620-162 POWER ELECTRICITY 2: MOTORS ...single and 3-phase AC Induction motors, specialty motor performance and characteristics, and three-phase power systems. (Corequisite: 10-620-161, Power Electricity 1: Motors) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
AC 1: Properties
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
AC 2: Reactance
10-660-108 AC 2: REACTANCE 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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
AC 3: RLC Circuits
10-660-109 AC 3: RLC CIRCUITS ...power flow in complex AC circuits based on resistive and reactive components. Description of the power triangle and power factor. Calculation of voltages and currents in complex AC circuits. (Corequisite: 10-660-108, AC 2: Reactance) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Automation 1: Control Logic
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Automation 2: Motor Control
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
English Composition 1
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: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=75 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Trigonometry w Apps
10-804-196 TRIGONOMETRY WITH APPLICATIONS ...topics include circular functions, graphing of trigonometry functions, identities, equations, trigonometric functions of angles, inverse functions, solutions of triangles complex numbers, DeMoivre's Theorem, polar coordinates, and vectors. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer College Level Math=63 or ACT-Math =24 or 10-804-118, Intermediate Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Blueprint Reading Intro
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
Commercial HVACR Analysis
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)
Energy Control Strategies
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
Lighting Fundamentals
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
10-620-100 FLUIDS 1: BASIC PNEUMATICS ...what fluid power is, differentiate between hydraulics and pneumatics, implement basic pneumatic circuits, utilize schematics, apply Pascal's Law, define properties of fluids, implement airflow control and hydraulics cylinder circuits.
Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics
10-620-101 FLUIDS 2: BASIC HYDRAULICS ...hydraulic pumps, basic hydraulics actuator circuits, hydraulic schematics, apply Pascal's Law, summarize the effects of fluids friction, define properties of hydraulic energy, design hydraulic circuits with directional control valves. (Corequisite: 10-620-100, Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Electronics 1: Diodes-Basic
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Automation 3: PLC
10-664-102 AUTOMATION 3: PLC ...basic programmable logic controller programming and troubleshooting. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Intro to Diversity Studies
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: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
Building Energy Simulation
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
Commercial Energy Analysis
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
Energy Accounting
10-481-110 ENERGY ACCOUNTING 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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
Energy Investment Analysis
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
Technical Reporting
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) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Intro to Psychology
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: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation, and must be passed with a C or better. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.
. Students completing General Studies courses at NWTC must earn a "C" or better in English Composition to enrolling Technical Reporting.

Program Outcomes

• Evaluate the energy use patterns for commercial building and recommend energy efficiency and alternative energy solutions for high energy consuming buildings.
• Troubleshoot, upgrade and maintain the Energy Management Systems (EMS); perform data recovery and backup duties.
• Monitor the efficiency of energy management operations, detecting, where possible, equipment failures.
• Construct energy evaluation technical reports and make presentations for potential project implementation.
• Upload and download information from remote and local networks to aid in the efficiency of energy management.
• Enhance energy management software and prepare program documentation and flow charts.
• Read and comprehend mechanical blueprints and control drawings.
• Respond to calls for heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and exterior lighting service independently and determine whether to dispatch appropriate staff or to resolve problems remotely via the energy management system.
• Assist in the writing of specifications for additional energy management systems.
• Write technical proposals for energy projects.
• Provide training to campus users and facilities operations staff.


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