Training Modules and Curriculum
About this program:
In November 2011 the California Community College Chancellor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development awarded an Industry Driven Regional Collaborative grant to City College of San Francisco to develop responsive training curriculum in Commercial Building Energy Audits and Analysis.
Working with industry experts, investor-owned utilities, regulators, professional organizations and regional colleges, we outlined a program that covered the broad range of skills required to work in this field. This content was divided into 15 modular courses designed for a community college level student.
Although we do not produce Professional Engineers at the community college level, we can provide the foundational knowledge a student would need to take a deep dive into one or more of the subjects, or to pursue transfer to a baccalaureate engineering program. Content modules can be selected, re-combined, or offered in a more compressed format for incumbent workers, or those that have some background in construction, architecture, HVAC, building operations or mechanical engineering.
Upon completion of the program a student will be able to:
- Describe the basic concepts of energy auditing, including fundamentals of energy, energy measurement, energy conservation, and the policies driving the need for energy efficiency.
- Analyze building envelope, assess building systems, describe how building systems consume energy, and identify opportunities for energy efficiency.
- Employ appropriate tools for energy modeling, calculating energy use and savings estimates, and communicating empirical data.
- Describe utility rate structures and demand response strategies.
- Estimate energy savings and their financial impacts, and employ data to verify savings.
- Integrate business development skills and concepts to write an audit report that is a call to action and identifies the value proposition for the decision-maker.
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