Energy Management and Controls Technology

Associate in Science Degree (CIP# 1615030301)

This one-of-a-kind program teaches students how to manage and control a building’s electrical and mechanical systems efficiently using a broad range of current and emerging technologies. Students will develop a proficiency in HVAC/R commercial systems, control theory, logic and programming, as well as installation, system design and integration, and will be trained to enter the building automation industry as skilled technicians capable of designing, installing, servicing, and troubleshooting commercial control systems. Students will also have the added benefit of working on controls devices that are representative of the leading brands found in the field, and will complete an industry-based internship enabling them to gain the hands-on experience needed to land a high-demand job when they graduate.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult a career program advisor in the department office for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals.

Although scheduling may not always provide for the following progression of courses, students should use the foundation, intermediate and advanced course sequence as a guide in program planning.

All degree-seeking students must satisfy entry testing requirements and satisfactorily complete all mandatory courses in reading, student success, mathematics, English, and English for Academic Purposes in which the student is placed.

Alternative Ways to Earn Credit toward this Degree

Graduates of specific programs at Orange Technical College and Osceola Technical College, as well as other institutions may be eligible to receive college credit for courses in this program. You may also be eligible to receive credit toward this degree if you have earned one of the approved Gold Standard industry certifications or Career Pathways credit. To learn more about Valencia’s award of credit options, visit valenciacollege.edu/asdegrees/credit_octc.cfm. Eligible students should contact the Career Program Advisor in their academic department for more information about the requirements for the award of credit.

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take ENC1101 (3 credits), and if applicable, SLS 1122 (3 credits) and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected meta-major (3 credits).  The remaining courses will be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.S. degree programs. For specific courses see the Foundation Courses on the “Program Requirements” tab. For course sequencing recommendations, see your Career Program Advisor or create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Potential Careers

  • Building Automation/Controls Technician
  • Building Operator
  • Measurement and Verification Specialist
  • Energy Manager
  • Lighting Systems and Controls Technician
  • Energy Auditor
  • Indoor Air Quality Specialist
  • HVAC/R Installation and Service Technician
  • Facilities Manager

Salary & Earnings Information

For salary and wage information, visit:  www.floridawages.com.

Contacts

Future Students

To learn more about this program, contact Enrollment Services at enrollment@valenciacollege.edu or 407-582-1507 or visit valenciacollege.edu/emct/

Current Students

Contact the Career Program Advisor below for more information.

Deb Hall, Program Chair, West Campus: 407-582-1963
dhall@valenciacollege.edu

Arin Partington, Career Program Advisor, West Campus: 407-582-1858
apartington1@valenciacollege.edu

Internship and Workforce Services

If you need assistance with job resources or in locating an internship, please visit: valenciacollege.edu/internship.

Program Outcomes 

  • Formulate energy control strategies to improve efficiency in commercial building systems.
  • Initialize energy management systems installation.
  • Install energy management systems.
  • Evaluate energy management system operational data.
  • Create energy management system control logic to meet building systems sequences of operation.
  • Assemble common energy management systems direct current (DC), and alternating current (AC) circuits.
  • Construct a comprehensive energy management system data communication network.
  • Construct a secure energy management system data communication network.
  • Apply technical mathematics.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in technical recording and reporting.
  • Demonstrate employability skills.
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills.
Foundation Courses
SLS 1122New Student Experience3
ENC 1101FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I3
PHY 1020Conceptual Physics3
ETM 2943EMCT PRACTICUM12
ETM 1600CEMCT FUNDAMENTALS3
CGS 2100CCOMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS3
Intermediate Courses
CET 2486CLOCAL AREA NETWORKS3
ETM 1601CEMCT DEVICES3
PHI 2600ETHICS AND CRITICAL THINKING3
ETM 1602CEMCT ADV ELECTRICAL CONCEPTS3
BCN 2563BUILDING SYSTEMS & MANAGEMENT3
COP 1000CINTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING CONCEPTS3
Advanced Courses
ETM 1603CEMCT DESIGN AND INSTALLATION I3
ETM 1604CEMCT DESIGN AND INSTALLATION II3
ETM 1605CEMCT INTEGRATION3
POS 2112STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT3
ETM 2942EMCT INTERNSHIP3
Total Credit Hours60

All specialized program courses are offered on the West Campus and may not be offered every session; some courses may be offered at other locations.

Students who have completed an approved HVAC training program from another institution or can provide documentation of current industry knowledge and work experience in the commercial HVAC field and have earned the required HVAC industry certification may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree. Please see the Career Program Advisor in your academic department for more information on the eligibility requirements.

Upon earning the Energy Management and Controls Technology A.S. degree, you can continue at Valencia to complete the B.A.S. degree in Business & Organizational Leadership.  Additional education at the bachelor’s level can enhance your skills and create more career opportunities. Students who wish to continue their education should consult with their Career Program Advisor to discuss transfer options and requirements, and determine the best education plan for their career goals.

Students wishing to transfer credits from this program to another institution must accept responsibility for securing approval from the transfer institution for acceptance of this degree.