Energy Management Technician (EMT): Two-Year A.A.S. Degree
Renewable Energy Technician (RET): Two-Year A.A.S. Degree


Lane Community College offers a two-year Energy Management Technician A.A.S. degree that gives students several career options: energy management technician, renewable energy technician, and resource conservation management. Only the first two options are considered below. The first-year courses are the same for both energy management technicians (EMTs) and renewable energy technicians (RETs).

(Note: Lane Community College is on the quarter system. The duration of an academic quarter is typically ten weeks.)

First-Year Courses for Both EMTs and RETs

General and foundational education, blueprint reading, introduction to energy management, sustainability in the built environment, energy analysis, alternative energy technologies, introduction to water resources, air conditioning systems analysis, lighting fundamentals and applications, and energy investment analysis.

Lane CC

Second-Year Courses for Energy Management Technicians

Commercial air conditioning systems analysis, lighting applications, energy investment analysis, commercial energy use analysis, energy control strategies, building energy simulations, energy accounting, electives, and cooperative education experience in energy management.

Lane CC 2

Second-Year Courses for Renewable Energy Technicians

Electrical theory 1 and 2; energy investment analysis; renewable energy systems; photovoltaic system design and installation 1, 2, and 3; solar thermal design and installation 1 and 2; electives; and cooperative education experience in energy management.

Lane CC 3

Distinguishing Attributes

Special features of this program include:

  • A comprehensive program for energy management technicians that includes approximately 970 hours of instruction with strong emphasis on fundamentals, applications, and analysis;
  • A comprehensive program for renewable energy technicians that includes approximately 1,010 hours of instruction with a strong foundation in electrical theory and renewable energy;
  • 120 hours of specific instruction in PV system design and installation in the RET program;
  • 80 hours of specific instruction in solar thermal system design and installation in the RET program;
  • Dual use of courses during the first year of both the EMT and RET programs; and
  • Applied cooperative education experience in energy management.

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