About Energy Systems Technology Management (ESTM)
Solar Technology and Business Coursework in energy efficiency and solar is migrating to the Energy Systems Technology Management (ESTM) department from Environmental Science and Technology (ENVS).
Skyline College’s Energy Systems Technology Management (ESTM) programs train energy and construction professionals to transform homes and businesses into healthier, more comfortable and efficient places that conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Degree, certificate, and individual courses integrate technical, business, and management training with energy efficiency, building science, and renewable energy (solar). Programs offer pathways to careers in the energy and construction sectors for new entrants to the field. Courses present skill development opportunities for experienced workers, business owners, and contractors.
ESTM courses lead to the following Degrees and Certificates:
- AS in ESTM with an Emphasis in Energy Efficiency
- AS in ESTM with an Emphasis in Solar Technology and Business
- AS in ESTM with an Emphasis in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
- Certificate of Achievement in Residential Energy Efficiency
- Certificate of Achievement in Solar Technology and Business
- Certificate of Achievement in Solar Installation
- Career Certificate in Solar Installation
- Certificate of Achievement in Green Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Hands-on Technical Training:
Students taking classes in solar and energy efficiency can experience real life scenarios in the Solar and Building The Learning Center located in the Pacific Heights building. The facility features a dedicated lab consisting of a full-scale energy efficiency test house and a solar lab with inverter stations and roof sections. Solar and Building The Learning Center
The core technical coursework in energy efficiency and solar prepares students for industry-recognized credentials from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and Building Performance Institute (BPI). Certificates-Industry
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:
- Conduct energy assessments of residential buildings, develop scopes of work for and to sell and perform home energy upgrades.
- Design and install residential solar systems; and perform basic cost estimation and sales based on utility costs and rebate and tax incentives.
- Develop portfolios based on current marketing and sales techniques, practices, strategies, and technology applied to case studies in various aspects of the construction industry and energy sector.
- Develop performance and productivity-based business and marketing plans, as well as management strategies and techniques for operations, sales, and finance for driving new business in these industries.
- Obtain industry recognized credentials from the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).
Graduates can use these skills for jobs as:
- Solar Sales representative
- Marketing representative
- Crew lead
- Project or program manager
- Compliance and quality assurance analysts
- Rebate specialists
- Solar installers
- Solar designer
- Energy auditors/raters
- Retrofit technicians and installers
Rita Gulli (Program Director)