Energy Management

What is Energy Management?

Power our region toward energy independence and sustainability. Make a difference in the green economy with energy efficiency and business and project management skills. Learn where the region's energy comes from, what it is used for, and how to monitor energy programs. Train to manage and account for energy use as well as to analyze data, create reports, and lead projects.

Our program trains Resource Conservation Managers, Energy Auditors, Energy Program/Project Managers, Sustainability Specialists, and Energy Efficiency Technicians. It begins with a foundation in energy, conservation, and sustainability, and continues by building students' skills in analysis and assessment, energy accounting, commercial lighting, and energy efficiency program planning and implementation in the public as well as private realm.

Employers hiring workers trained in energy management and conservation include utilities, large corporations, and businesses that are interested in managing energy use in facilities and processes, as well as those that install energy-saving equipment including lighting and HVAC contractors, green builders, weatherization manufacturing and sales businesses, and solar power system services.

Graduates and JobsGraduates 2014

Placement Rate: 67%

Average Starting Salary for 2-year Graduates: $24.01 per hour

Average latest wage for 2-year Graduates: $27.58 per hour

What do I do?  Our graduates speak:

"I assist mechanical engineering firms, builders and architects in specifying VRF (variable refrigerant flow) technology in retrofit and new construction projects." - Commercial Sales Engineer, Gensco

"I answer questions from residential, commercial, and industrial customers and providing information, even writing work tickets for audits." - Energy Advisor, Seattle City Light

"I perform all of the hands-on maintenance in a 40-story commercial office building. One might wonder how this industry can be applied to the Energy Management Program. Good maintenance practices and procedures are definitely a good "low hanging fruit" in the world of energy conservation measures. In addition, I get to device and implement many other energy conservation measures such as lighting upgrades and "point-of-use" hot water heaters. The skills and knowledge I acquired through the Energy Management degree program have a very positive impact on my career." - Facilities Engineer, Hines

"I am responsible for understanding the utility landscapes throughout the U.S. and Canada. With this information my company can decide which markets have the best utility incentives for our product." - Business Development & Utility Coordinator, Transformative Wave Technologies

"My job deals directly with building HVAC systems, from schematic design through building commissioning. On a couple of projects I have been able to do studies where I compared different type of systems using a variety of energy sources and equipment efficiencies along with actual costs for the energy supplied to predict energy costs and to decide which systems would be the most cost effective over time. A lot of my work incorporates state and local energy codes and ASHRAE 90.1 and 62.1." - Mechanical Designer, Rice Group, Inc.

"I help operate a living laboratory for sustainability education, housed in a 12,000 square foot L.E.E.D. Platinum certified building in Woodinville.  My day-to-day activities vary, but in general I manage all aspects of the building operations and maintenance. I also manage the grounds of the building, which contain part of the building's storm water treatment system in the form of bioswales that feed into a restored wetland.  Additionally, I do work to further our community engagement and our volunteer program.  I give tours and educate the public on a regular basis." - Assistant Facilities Manager, 21 Acres

"I'm a project manager and help oversee high-end residential projects in the greater Seattle area." - Project Manager, Active Engineering

"I operate various boilers and chillers for the University of Washington."- Power Plant Operating Engineer, University of Washington

"I'm apprenticing to become a journeyman electrician. This job involves a knowledge of industrial controls and the basics of electricity, variable speed drive motors and production related equipment." - Electrical Apprentice, Cook Inlet Energy

"What I do at work is two fold. The first aspect of my job is to oversee the Center for Service-Learning and volunteer activities that incorporate social justice and sustainability. I also serve as the supervisor for an AmeriCorps volunteer and the Green Team staff." Interim Center for Service Learning Program Manager, Edmonds Community College