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Energy Management AAS Degree

Energy Management is the efficient and effective use of energy to minimize costs and reduce future energy demand. The program focuses on the fundamentals of energy and the energy systems in residential and commercial buildings. Energy efficiency measures and leadership through sustainable practices are explored.

AEE Approved Education Provider 

Completing the AAS Degree in Energy Management from Salt Lake Community College entitles you to take the examination for Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification at any of AEE's established remote testing center locations.

Transfer to a Four-Year Degree 

The AAS in Energy Management transfers to Bismarck State College's online Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Management. 

Prerequisites: 
  • MATH 0980 with C or better or appropriate testing score
  • WRTG 0990 with C or better or appropriate testing score
  • Basic proficiency in MS Excel
Schedule 

The Energy Management degree program is designed for working professionals, with evening and online classes to accommodate your schedule. The program is offered in an accelerated format, with two blocks of Energy Management courses being offered each semester. Gen Ed courses follow the standard semester schedule. New Cohorts begin each August (Fall Semester) and January (Spring Semester). Part-time options are available, contact the Program Manager for more details.

 

Degree Courses

Course
Title
Prerequisite
Course EGMT 1010
Title Intro to Energy Management
Prerequisite
Description Course provides an overview of the energy management field and defines the need of energy management as an integral part of society. Course also presents various vocational opportunities through lectures, guest speakers and site visits.
Course EGMT 1019
Title Spreadsheet Applications
Prerequisite Basic proficiency in MS Excel
Description In this course, students will use various features and use of current spreadsheet software. Students will learn the syntax, use and application of spreadsheet features/tools through tutorial lessons and application exercise problems.
Course EGMT 1020
Title Residential Building Energy
Prerequisite
Description Introduction to best practices for the design, construction, and operation of energy-efficient homes. Students will learn to evaluate existing buildings and present suggested safety, indoor environmental quality and efficiency upgrades.
Course EGMT 1110
Title Intro to HVAC Optimization
Prerequisite
Description Course introduces HVAC fundamentals as applied to residential and light commercial HVAC systems. Topics include an overview of the refrigeration cycle, HVAC functions, air duct design, units and measurements, thermodynamics, and the physical properties of air. Students will perform load calculations for heat transfer through ventilation, infiltration, and building envelope.
Course EGMT 1210
Title Advanced HVAC Optimization I
Prerequisite EGMT 1010
Description Introduction to large commercial HVAC systems/energy use with site visit and follow-up discussions to help students identify system types and conservation opportunities. Topics include waterside HVAC system types, review of the refrigeration cycle, fluid flow in piping and ducts, system tuning, operations and maintenance, problem solving using psychrometrics and energy conserving retrofit options.
Course EGMT 1220
Title Advanced HVAC Optimization II
Prerequisite EGMT 1210 or Instructor or Program Manager approval
Description Course further explores large commercial HVAC systems and energy use with emphasis on energy management calculation methods using computerized spreadsheets, focusing on energy conversion factors, dimensional analysis, and documentation standards. Fundamental effective calculations practiced for combustion motors and refrigeration.
Course EGMT 1310
Title Lighting Fundamentals
Prerequisite
Description Course assesses quantity & quality of light, light sources & controls, luminaries, manufacturer lamp & ballast specifications, lighting power density & HVAC interactions, retrofit opportunities, cost saving annually, lighting codes/regulations, and lighting audit projects.
Course EGMT 1320
Title Lighting Applications
Prerequisite EGMT 1310
Description Students will review terminology & lighting fundamentals, IES illuminance selection procedures, evaluate lighting systems, luminaries & associated components, perform illuminance calculations including point by point, lumen & computerized procedures.
Course EGMT 1420
Title Energy Accounting for Business
Prerequisite
Description Course covers energy units, data gathering for energy accounting utility rates and schedules, energy data organization, adjusted baselines, cost avoidance, load factor, data analysis, and data presentation.
Course EGMT 1430
Title Selling Energy Efficiency
Prerequisite EGMT 1420 Energy Accounting
Description This course will help you determine whether or not an energy efficiency measure is an good investment, and how to communicate the benefits of an energy project to various decision makers. You will practice presenting energy efficiency project proposals using various forms of Cost Benefit Analysis.
Course EGMT 1510
Title Energy Auditing Field Methods
Prerequisite EGMT 1220
Description Advanced Analysis of energy use and management in commercial buildings; preparing for and performing walk through audits in apartments, restaurants, retail, and office facilities. Emphasis on analyzing and presenting data obtained from field experience.
Course EGMT 1700
Title Electrical Principles for Alternative Energy
Prerequisite
Description Designed to provide students with a basic understanding of electricity for the energy industry. Subjects include: electron theory; magnetism; electromagnetism; Ohm's Law; series, parallel and multi-wire circuits; protection devices; capacitance; inductance; motor, transformer and generator theory; NEC Code navigation; voltage drop; and wire sizing.
Course EGMT 1710
Title Basic PV Systems
Prerequisite EGMT 1700 or Instructor approval
Description This course introduces students to the basic principles of utility interactive photovoltaic system design. Through classroom and hands-on instruction, the course will prepare individuals to conduct site evaluations, prepare a basic electrical and mechanical design and select appropriate PV system components in accordance with the local municipality. Current NEC code updates will also be discussed.
Course EGMT 1720
Title Advanced PV Systems
Prerequisite EGMT 1710 or Instructor Approval
Description Learn to safely work with PV systems; conduct site assessments; adapt mechanical/electrical designs; perform system checkouts/inspections; design, install, maintain & troubleshoot commercial/off-grid PV, battery based and hybrid systems. Curriculum is in accordance with the local municipality and current NEC code. Students will have hands on experience with a grid tied and off grid systems.
Course EGMT 2010
Title Industrial Energy Efficiency
Prerequisite
Description Overview of Industrial Energy Efficiency market segments, energy supply/demand side resources, applications of technologies and equipment used in the industrial market segment, key operating characteristics and limitations of equipment/technologies, emphasis on energy efficiency improvements, field safety principles and measurement techniques. Collected data will be used to estimate power draw.
Course EGMT 2020
Title Energy Modeling
Prerequisite EGMT 1220 or equivalent experience in HVAC, building operations or facilities maintenance
Description Learn how to correctly use and interpret various building energy modeling software applications. You will complete virtual buildings, load weather data, and run multiple simulations to compare the outcome of selected energy conservation measures. No previous knowledge of drafting or modeling programs is required.
Course EGMT 2030
Title Building Automation and Controls
Prerequisite EGMT 1220 or Instructor or Program manager approval
Description Course covers devices used to regulate energy use in buildings, pneumatic/electric/electronic; from manual to auto, simple switches to microprocessors. An emphasis is placed on control/calibration problems and re-designing for energy efficiency.
Course EGMT 2060
Title Energy Management Seminar I
Prerequisite
Description Seminar is a pathway for students to increase their understanding of industry expectations, as well as develop job search tools/skills. Designed to transition students from classroom to co-op to professional careers.
Course EGMT 2065
Title Energy Management Seminar II
Prerequisite
Description Seminar is a pathway for students to increase their understanding of industry expectations, as well as develop job search tools/skills. Designed to transition students from classroom to co-op to professional careers.
Course EGMT 2800
Title Energy Management Capstone
Prerequisite Completion of all major course requirements
Description Course provides relevant field experience that integrates theory & practice while providing opportunities to develop skills, explore career options & network w/ professionals & employers in the energy management field. Students may choose an internship or individual project as their Capstone Event.
Course EGMT 2900
Title Special Topics Solar Decathlon
Prerequisite
Description The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition that inspires students teams to design and build highly efficient buildings powered by renewable energy, while also considering affordability, resilience and occupant health. Winning teams are selected to present their projects at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Join the SLCC Solar Decathlon Team and get hands-on experience in the technical aspects of sustainability, build your portfolio and network with innovative problem-solvers from around the world. Students from all disciplines are invited.

General Degree Requirements

Course
Title
Prerequisite
Course ENGL 1010
Title Intro to Writing (EN)
Prerequisite ENGL 980 or appropriate Accuplacer score
Description This course engages with rhetorical concepts, and gives practice with close, critical reading and writing. Students develop analytical and rhetorical habits of mind necessary for successful reading and writing in academic, civic, and personal contexts in and beyond college. Student learn to think about texts as purpose-driven, audience-centered, and socially, culturally, and historically situated.
Course MATH 1010
Title Intermediate Algebra
Prerequisite MATH 990, or appropriate Accuplacer score
Description This course bridges the gap between developmental/Secondary Math III and PreCalculus or a technical certificate. Topics of study include: functions; quadratic equations; polynomial and rational expressions; radicals and complex numbers; exponential expressions (negative and rational exponents) and logarithmic expressions; introduction to conic sections. Real world applications of algebra will be addressed throughout the course and topics will be presented in a conceptual and integrated approach.
Course PHYS 1010
Title Elementary Physics
Prerequisite
Description Conceptual survey course in introductory physics. For non-science majors. Principles of mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics.
Course HR
Title Human Relations
Prerequisite
Course CM
Title Communications
Prerequisite
Course
Title Elective 1
Prerequisite
Course
Title Elective 2
Prerequisite

Optional Electives

Course
Title
Prerequisite
Course CMGT 1410
Title Construction Materials & Methods
Prerequisite
Description

Course provides students with knowledge of light commercial and residential building techniques and materials. Examines common construction materials, components, and systems related to steel and wood frame structures, emphasizing sustainable building practices. The construction process will be analyzed from site planning to completion.

Course ARCH 1100
Title Intro to Architectural Drawing
Prerequisite
Description

Students will learn about architectural drawings used in residential and commercial projects. Practical skills for reading blueprints containing floor plans, sections, details, elevations and schedules.

Course ARCH 2990
Title Sustainability and Green Building
Prerequisite Instructor Approval
Description

This "Special Studies" section allows Energy Management students to learn about sustainability and the advantages of integrated design and construction techniques.

FAQs

If you intend to transfer prior credits, visit Transcript Evaluation to learn how to have your prior credits evaluated.
Yes! Salt Lake Community College has an Articulation Agreement with Bismarck State College (BSC). Students who successfully complete the SLCC Energy Management Associate of Applied Science (AAS) may transfer to BSC to complete a Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Management. More information is available online at Bismarck State College. In addition Utah Valley University Technology Management degree is a good fit for our graduates.
Program core classes meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at the Larry H. Miller Campus, located off of I-15 at 9750 South 300 West, in Sandy. General education courses may be taken at any campus.

The Energy Management Program is a combination of General Education courses taught on a Full Term (16-week) schedule and Program Required courses taught on an Half Term (8-week) schedule, with different Add/Drop/Withdrawal deadlines for each schedule. Students should consult the Academic Calendar for schedules and deadlines for adding and dropping classes to receive a full refund.

Energy Management is the efficient use of energy to reduce costs.  Four major sectors of the economy (Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Transportation) are reliant on energy every day, and increasing energy costs are driving the demand for trained professionals in the Energy Management Industry.  We see a need for Energy Management in our homes, schools, workplaces as well as the commercial, agricultural and manufacturing facilities which provide the goods and services we depend upon.

The career paths our students pursue upon graduation are a function of their professional interest, prior education and experience, and individual career plans.  Our growing list of graduates are working in positions such as Energy Auditors & Technicians, Weatherization Specialists, Green Builders, Energy Program Managers, Facilities Energy Managers, Energy Efficiency Consultants, Renewable Energy Installers and Sales Representatives, Sustainability Coordinators, Building Design Professionals, Energy Policy Analysts, Commissioning Agents, and Energy Engineers.

Our Energy Management AAS degree program is designed to launch you on an exciting career or add an important piece to your current professional plan.

Yes! A great way to find out more details on how the program works is through our networking page. Connect with us on LinkedIn or Facebook to receive updates, news on current events, and get in contact with others who have been and are going through the program.

Schedule

In order to successfully complete the Energy Management program, students need to complete the following:

  • Program Core Requirement (46 credit hours)
  • General Education Requirements (18 credit hours) 
  • Technical Electives (5-6 credit hours)

Below you will find a suggested schedule for degree completion.

*NOTE: Students must complete MATH 1010 and PHYS 1010 during or before the first semester of the program.

**NOTE: Course Offerings, class sequence, dates and times are subject to change according to program needs.

Class Sequence |  Accelerated Blocks - 8 weeks in length


Fall Semester 1

Course

Course Title

Cr. Hrs

Notes

First Half Semester
EGMT 1019

 Energy Data Spreadsheets Intro

 2

EGMT 1020  Residential Building Energy

2

Second Half Semester
EGMT 1010

 Intro to Energy Management

 3

EGMT 1040  Clean Energy Technologies

2

EGMT 1110  Intro to HVAC Optimization

2

EGMT 2060  Energy Management Seminar I

1

Online, Full Term 
Math 1010

 Intermediate Algebra

4

 Prerequisite: Math 990, or appropriate Accuplacer score

Total

16


Spring Semester 1

Course

Course Title

Cr. Hrs

Notes

First Half Semester
EGMT 1210

 ADV HVAC Optimization I

 2

 Prerequisite: EGMT 1110
EGMT 1310  Lighting Fundamentals

2

EGMT 1700  Electrical Principles for Alternative Energy

3

Second Half Semester
EGMT 1220

ADV HVAC Optimization II

 2

EGMT 1320  Lighting Applications

2

Online, Full Term 
ENGL 1010

 Introduction to Writing

3

 

Total

14


Summer Semester 
 Some program courses are offered during the Summer Semester, but not all. Most Gen. Ed courses are offered so this is a great time to fit in a few. See General Degree requirements above.

Fall Semester 2

Course

Course Title

Cr. Hrs

Notes

First Half Semester
EGMT 1510

 Energy Auditing Field Methods

 3

 Prerequisite: EGMT 1220
Second Half Semester
EGMT 2010

 Industrial Energy Efficiency

 2

EGMT 2020  Energy Modeling

3

 Prerequisite: EGMT 1220
Online, Full Term 
ENGL 2100

 Technical Writing

3

 

Total

11


Spring Semester 2

Course

Course Title

Cr. Hrs

Notes

First Half Semester
EGMT 1420

 Energy Accounting for Business

 2

Second Half Semester
EGMT 1430

 Selling Energy Efficiency

 2

 Prerequisite: EGMT 1420
EGMT 2030  Building Automation and Controls

3

EGMT 2065  Energy Management Seminar II

1

Online, Full Term 
EGMT 2800

 Energy Management Capstone

4

  

Total

12

 

* General Education Requirements

To be completed as fits your schedule/timeframe. It is suggested these courses be spread out over the course of the program. See list and options of General Education requirements above. 

Registration Info

Step 1: Complete the Application for Admission to Salt Lake Community College online and pay the $40 application fee. 

Once admitted to the college, you will receive an acceptance letter from SLCC Student Enrollment Services. 

 

Step 2: Complete the Program Prerequisites. MATH 0980 and WRTG 0990, within the last year,

OR Accuplacer scores placing into MATH 1010 and ENGL 1010, within one year,

OR follow SLCC guidelines to request a transcript evaluation of transfer credits from previously completed classes.

Step 3: Contact Program Manager, Judy Fisher (801) 957-5252 or judy.fisher@slcc.edu to review program requirements.

Step 4: Register for classes online (see Academic Calendar for registration deadlines)

 


Internship / Capstone

The internship/capstone project is designed to apply and evaluate what you have learned throughout the two-year degree program, preparing you for employment in the energy management industry.

 

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