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Integrated Energy Solutions

Certificate Program

Advance your skills and your career in designing energy efficient systems in commercial, industrial, and agricultural environments with a Certificate in Integrated Energy Solutions at California State University, East Bay.

Increase your ability to compete for professional energy and utility jobs such as engineering solutions manager, technical solutions engineer, and project engineer, where, depending on your experience, average salaries range from $80,000 to $110,000. Earn this certificate and start building your career with architectural, engineering, and design firms leading the next wave of energy efficiency in commercial and industrial systems and processes.

Whether you want to break into the field, or are already working in integrated demand side management, this program can help you gain the knowledge and expertise you need to effectively compete for jobs or advance your career in a growing industry.

The certificate can help you:

  • Master the integration of energy efficiency in commercial and industrial systems and processes (HVAC, lighting, building control systems, manufacturing and processing systems, etc.)
  • Learn how to successfully deliver real-world energy efficiency solutions integration to clients
  • Expand your career options and opportunities for advancement in the energy and utility industry

The certificate is a nine month academic program comprised of three courses (one per academic quarter) taken in the following sequence:

  • Fundamentals of Energy Efficiency Design
  • Integration of Energy Efficiency Solutions
  • Practical Application and Client Interface Fundamentals

Classes are held in the evenings at The Oakland Center campus (1000 Broadway, Suite 109, Oakland).

Program Objectives

At its core, the program prepares graduates to understand the engineering fundamentals of energy efficient building design, sustainable construction practices, and to successfully deliver real-world energy efficiency solutions integration to clients.

The program is designed to:

  • Provide a foundation for fundamentals in energy efficient design, including IDSM (Integrated Demand Side Management) programs and jobs, new construction and retrofitting, codes and standards, basic building science, materials and methods and new standards for energy management (i.e., ISO 50001).
  • Provide a framework for applying and integrating energy efficiency systems and solutions, e.g., benchmarking, energy auditing, energy modeling, building simulation modeling, building controls/IT systems, as well as exploring emerging technology solutions in solar and renewables.
  • Provide an overview of the utility industry, its systems and the regulatory and legislative environment in which it operates, least-cost design, demand response, gas/electric rate structures, submetering, AB 32, decoupling, how utilities make money, and utility pricing modeling and risk analysis.

Who Should Attend

The program is ideal for technical professionals with a Bachelors degree who want to advance their skills in integrated energy solution systems for buildings. This program prepares students to become an engineering solutions manager, technical solutions manager, or project engineer within the energy and utility industry.

Program Highlights

Type of degree conferred: Certificate
Number of courses: 3 courses
Minimum program length: 3 academic quarters
Tuition costs (estimated): $3,000