Energy Management

Program Competencies for EGC and EGD

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Be familiar with the language of alternative energy in relation to technician level employment.
  • Evaluate the energy use patterns for residential and commercial buildings and recommend energy efficiency and alternative energy solutions for high-energy consuming buildings.
  • Understand the interaction among energy-consuming building systems and make recommendations associated with appropriate types of energy audits.
  • Construct energy evaluation technical reports and make presentations for potential project implementation.
  • Use appropriate library and information resources to research professional issues and support lifelong learning.
  • Access library, computing, and communications services, and obtain information and data from regional, national, and international networks.
  • Collect and display data as lists, tables, and plots using appropriate technology (e.g., calculators, computer software).

Technical Standards1 for EGC and EGD

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For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Stand, stoop, and walk for a minimum of three hours.
  • Lift 25 pounds to waist high, shoulder high, and above the head.
  • Manipulate small objects without dropping or damaging them.
  • Determine by touch hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, or motion/non-motion.
  • Distinguish all colors.
  • Work indoors and outdoors in the presence of loud, repetitious noise levels (not to exceed regulatory standards).

Energy Management Certificate (EGC)

This program will help students gain skills needed to work in energy services industries. Students learn how to develop and implement energy conservation and efficiency projects, programs, and policies that reduce operating costs and the impact on the environment. Courses will focus on a variety of content areas such as energy auditing, renewable energy, building performance, and sustainability.

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101English Composition I 3
EGM 105Introduction to Energy Management Principles 3
EGM 104Renewable Energy Sources 4
PHY 101Introduction To Physical Science 4
Spring
EGM 106Energy Efficiency and Conservation Methods 3
EGM 115Sustainability and the Built Environment 4
EGM 290Energy Industry Internship (or Technical/Business Elective--see list below) 3
Business/Technical Elective (see list below)  3-4
 Total Credits: 27-28

Technical/Business Electives

Credits
CAD 101Introduction To Cad3
CIS 121Spreadsheet Applications3
BUS 125Communication For Business And Industry3
BUS 224Introduction To Grant Writing3
BUS 112Introduction To Customer Relations3
EGM 125Energy Analysis And Auditing4
EGM 130Energy Control Strategies3
MGT 110Small Business Management3
MKT 142Marketing3
MKT 245Salesmanship3

 See the energy management general information for technical standards.

Campus/format

A majority of this program can be completed during the evening at the Devens Campus.

Special requirements

Students must meet technical standards with or without accommodations.

Transfer options

This program is intended for immediate career entry. Courses completed as part of this certificate program can be applied to the Energy Management Degree.

Career options

Entry-level employment as energy auditors.

Earning potential

$15-$18 per hour.

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Energy Management Degree (EGD)

This program will help students gain skills needed to work in energy services industries. Students learn how to develop and implement energy conservation and efficiency projects, programs, and policies that reduce operating costs and the impact on the environment. Courses will focus on a variety of content areas such as energy auditing, renewable energy, building performance, and sustainability.

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101English Composition I 3
PHY 101 or 105Introduction To Physical Science 4
EGM 104Renewable Energy Sources 4
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
MAT 162Introduction to Functions & Modeling (Formerly MAT 134) (or higher) 4
Spring
ENG 102English Composition II 3
Social Sciences Elective 1 3
EGM 115Sustainability and the Built Environment 4
EGM 106Energy Efficiency and Conservation Methods 3
ACC 101Principles Of Accounting I 3
Year 2
Fall
EGM 105Introduction to Energy Management Principles 3
EGM 140Energy Project Costs And Funding Solutions 3
Health Elective (see list below)  2-4
MGT 110Small Business Management 3
Humanities Elective 2 3
Spring
EGM 130Energy Control Strategies 3
EGM 280Sustainable Building Operations And Maintenance 4
EGM 290Energy Industry Internship (or any EGM course) 3
Restrictive Elective (see list below)  3-4
 Total Credits: 61-64
1

 Social Science Electives: ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC

2

 Humanities Electives: ART, ASL, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, SPC, THE

Health Electives

Credits
BIO 101Introduction To Nutrition (formerly NUT101)3
BIO 103Human Health And Disease3
BIO 112Biology Of Cancer3
BIO 230Nutrition, Health, And Sustainability3
CHC 101Complementary Health Care3
CHC 102Foundations of Yoga3
CHC 108Transforming Stress3
CHC 220Mind-Body-Spirit Connection3
EXS 102Principles Of Anatomy And Kinesiology3
EXS 201Exercise Science And Nutrition4
PER 126Fitness And Wellness2
PER 127Weight Management through Walking and Resistance Training2
PER 130Health, Fitness, And Wellness3

Restricted Electives

Credits
ACC 102Principles Of Accounting II3
BUS 112Introduction To Customer Relations3
BUS 125Communication For Business And Industry3
BUS 224Introduction To Grant Writing3
CAD 101Introduction To Cad3
CIS 121Spreadsheet Applications3
CHE 120Environmental Chemistry4
EAS 126Weather and Climate4
EGM 110Electrical Lighting And Motors3
EGM 125Energy Analysis And Auditing4
EGM 220Heating And Cooling Systems4
FIN 250Basic Finance3
MKT 142Marketing3
PHY 105College Physics I4
PHY 106College Physics II4

 See the energy management general information for program competencies and technical standards.

Campus/format

A majority of this program can be completed during the evening at the Devens Campus.

Special requirements

Students must meet technical standards with or without accommodations.

Transfer options

This program is intended for immediate career entry. However, for a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

Career options

Entry-level employment as energy auditors, energy management specialists, and building performance specialists.

Earning potential

$35,000-$45,000 per year.

Courses

EGM 100. Engineering And Architectural Graphics. 3 Credits.

This course will introduce the student to the digital communication methods used in architecture, engineering and energy industry related fields. This includes explanation of the principles of orthographic projection, drafting conventions and dimensioning utilized in industry tools that facilitate communication of a variety of building performance related information. Topics may include existing and emerging energy modeling tools such as ECOTECT, ENERGY 10, REM Rate, eQUEST, Energy Pro or equivalents. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092,RDG 098, or placement.

EGM 104. Renewable Energy Sources. 4 Credits.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of renewable energies including solar energy, wind power, hydropower, fuel cells, biomass, and alternative transportation options. Students will learn the principles of solar home design, solar hot water, pool, and space heating and solar cooling for both new and existing construction. Students will learn how to assess the viability of a wind power, hydropower, or biomass system for a given site. Students will also learn about the impact of government regulations on the use of renewable energies. Students will analyze these renewable energy systems and will calculate savings fractions, backup energy needs, financing options, and economic analyses. They will investigate the potential of renewable energy technologies to help solve environmental and economic problems within society. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

EGM 105. Introduction to Energy Management Principles. 3 Credits.

This course introduces the principles of energy management and provides an overview of the energy industry. Students will learn about the history of energy production and costs, the dynamics of worldwide energy consumption and growth, the principle methods by which energy is used, and its environmental and financial impacts and consequences. Objectives and components of an effective energy management program are discussed. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

EGM 106. Energy Efficiency and Conservation Methods. 3 Credits.

Students will identify and explain all of the energy efficiency/conservation methods available for energy use reduction. Energy-consuming facilities, both domestic and commercial, will be analyzed by the students for energy efficiency opportunities. Students will calculate energy savings and environmental impacts for most energy efficiency methods in order to identify and assess energy conservation opportunities. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

EGM 110. Electrical Lighting And Motors. 3 Credits.

The course covers the components of lighting systems and motors. Students will learn about the history and advances in lamp technologies such as incandescent, arc, mercury, fluorescent, sodium, metal halide and light emitting diodes. Energy efficient fixtures will also be explored and the concept of night pollution mitigation and basic principles of lighting design that can maximize daylight and minimize energy usage. Prerequisites: EGM 105, EET 103 (or co-requisite).

EGM 115. Sustainability and the Built Environment. 4 Credits.

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of sustainability. The core emphasis is on understanding natural systems and their interaction with the built environment. Also explored will be the role of financial, social ecological, ethical, philosophical, political, cultural and psychological issues on the decision making process of facility and energy managers, engineers, architects and project managers. Through lectures and interactive dialogue with sustainability industry experts, the course builds literacy in sustainability as related to the built environment in local, regional and global spheres. In addition, the course encourages students to think from a variety of perspectives and to learn of the benefits of a collaborative approach to sustainability management. Through a combination of selected case studies, group discussion and analysis, students will explore the environmental influence of buildings and discover the economic benefits of reduced operating costs and research increased comfort of the occupants. Students will also be exposed to the concept of life cycle costing and integrated approach to the challenges inherent with sustainable building design, operations and maintenance. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098 or placement.

EGM 125. Energy Analysis And Auditing. 4 Credits.

The student will perform critical examinations of energy consuming facilities (residential and commercial) for the purpose of identifying energy conservation opportunities. In addition, the student will identify and recommend various energy conservation measures that reduce overall energy usage. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, MAT 092, RDG 098, or placement.

EGM 130. Energy Control Strategies. 3 Credits.

This course pertains to all devices that are used to regulate energy use in buildings: from pneumatic and electric to electronic; from manual to automatic; from simple switches to microprocessors. An emphasis is placed on identifying and solving control/calibration problems and improving energy efficiency through redesign and energy control strategies. Prerequisites: EGM 115 or co-requisite.

EGM 140. Energy Project Costs And Funding Solutions. 3 Credits.

This course provides an overview of the costs associated with going green and available funding mechanisms for sustainability related building projects. Students will examine cost premiums for a variety of sustainability measures and budgeting strategies for pursuing energy efficiency in a world of diminishing revenues. Selected case studies include college dining halls, laboratories, student centers, athletic facilities and dormitories. Real world examples illustrate the advantages and disadvantages of various funding mechanisms including federal and state incentives, specialized loans, utility provider incentive programs and performance contracts. Prerequisite: EGM 105 or corequisite.

EGM 220. Heating And Cooling Systems. 4 Credits.

The first half of this course will summarize gas, fuel oil, and electric furnaces as well as heat pumps. Steam and hot water heating systems for residential and commercial applications will also be described along with energy conservation and efficiency options, potential savings for new and existing systems and environmental impacts of specific heating systems. The second half of the course will summarize residential and commercial cooling systems and include discussion of the impacts of temperature, humidity, air filtering and air movement on system performance. Prerequisites: EGM 105, EGM 106, EET 103 or co-requisite.

EGM 280. Sustainable Building Operations And Maintenance. 4 Credits.

This course provides an overview of establishing ongoing building operation and maintenance procedures and sustainable best practices that help to reduce the environmental impacts of buildings over their functional life cycles. Topics include exterior maintenance programs, water and energy use, environmentally preferred products and practices for cleaning and alternations, sustainable purchasing policies, waste stream management and indoor air quality. Prerequisites: EGM 104, EGM 105, EGM 106, EGM 115, EGM 130 or co-requisite.

EGM 290. Energy Industry Internship. 3 Credits.

This course provides relevant field and/or research experience that integrates theory and practice while providing opportunities to develop skills, explore career options and network with professionals and employers in the energy management related fields. Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in the Energy Management Program and have a minimum of 10 credits in EGM courses.