Environmental Studies Department

Energy Management and Building Science Program Overview

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Preparing students for the Clean and Green Tech jobs of the future!


De Anza offers Energy Management classes that prepare students for careers in Building Facilities Management and Building Energy Efficiency.  

Our curriculum focuses on energy saving strategies and techniques and designing and managing commercial and residential buildings. Classes are designed for students just starting on their career paths and those in career transition or looking to enhance their current skills.

Many of our students have four year degrees and are looking for expanded knowledge and experience in building operations, sustainability, clean tech and energy efficiency. Others have jobs in building operations and are looking to continue or update their knowledge and education.

Curriculum and Internships

De Anza College offers a Certificate of Achievement in Energy Management and Building Science consisting of 20 classes (26 Units).  Many of our students complete the certificate program in one academic year.

In addition to classroom learning, the De Anza Energy Management program offers many hands on, on-the-job opportunities that provide student learning and experience. We have initiated internship opportunities with partners in the community including the

  • Cities of Cupertino and Sunnyvale
  • The Silicon Valley Leadership Group
  • The Clean Tech Open
  • Grid Alternatives
  • SunWork

To provide flexibility in student’s schedules, we offer live classes at the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies and online via Online Education.  Classes are offered every academic quarter including the summer session.

Our Campus is Our Lab

The Energy Management program uses the campus as a learning laboratory. Students have had the opportunity to work with the De Anza College cafeteria and other campus facilities to analyze and measure energy usage and make recommendations for improvement. Opportunities such as these allow students to experience real life energy management situations and use tools they would need to master professionally.

Our Instructional Team

We continue to add class sections and instructors who are experts in their field to satisfy student demand and the scheduling requirements of the program.

Our goal is to get you through the program expeditiously and efficiently, increase your Energy Management knowledge, deliver a broad overview of building energy saving opportunities, provide hands on experiences and get you into the workforce quickly. Graduates of our program have obtained jobs in the growing Energy Management and building audit career fields with private companies and in local city governments.


Contact Bill Roeder @ roederwilliam@fhda.edu

Environmental Studies
Building: Kirsch Center
Contact: Dianna Martinez
email: martinezdianna@fhda.edu
Office: KC 228 sizeplaceholder

Last Updated: 2/2/16