Building Science & Energy Management

Associate of Applied Science

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In the United States, buildings represent one of our biggest energy consumers. As a result, buildings have been targeted for energy reduction strategies to reduce cost and dependence on carbon based fuels. Building Science and Energy Management will examine the built environment and how it relates to energy using the latest research, tools, and technology available. You will gain hands-on experience working with community projects and in living laboratories in Western’s state-of-the-art facilities, including Western’s Passive House Instructional Facility. Study topics include energy auditing, energy management, renewable energy systems, and integrated design.

The focus of the program is to prepare you for entry-level work in the growing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and building systems industry. Having these unique skills will give you a leg-up in a competitive job market.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Building Science & Energy Management

This program will cost about $9,300* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Building Science & Energy Management 2014-2015 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding2
Employed in Related Occupation2
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market0

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Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Sustainability Assistant; Western Technical College, La Crosse, WI
  • Energy Technician; Center for Energy and Environment, Minneapolis, MN

Career Opportunities

Construction and Building Inspectors
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
Energy Auditors
Energy Conservation Representative
Environmental Field Technician
Weatherization Inspectors

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Evaluate energy use patterns for residential and light commercial buildings.
  • Perform building shell analyses.
  • Conduct energy audits.
  • Recommend energy efficiency solutions, while providing safe environment and high indoor air quality.
  • Construct energy evaluation technical reports and make presentations for potential project implementation.
  • Oversee and commission energy efficiency upgrades.
  • Evaluate building performance.
  • Recommend energy efficiency upgrades.
  • Explore properties of energy.
  • Explore a variety of construction techniques.
  • Incorporate Building Science principles in practical applications.
  • Advocate for sustainable building practices.

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the exemptions here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Building Science & Energy Management

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