The Technology Management major with the Sustainable Energy Systems Management option curriculum includes energy efficiency and conservation, energy sustainability, renewable energy, and carbon footprint management of industrial, commercial, light-commercial, and residential “systems”. This program incorporates hands-on experiences and management-related theory to prepare students to create a workforce that understands and are educated about the values associated with energy efficiency and conservation, sustainability of systems and processes, waste reduction, and use of materials and technologies that are friendly to the environment
The Sustainable Energy Systems Management program targets energy usage and sustainability of systems and processes, renewable energy, and carbon management of systems associated with industrial processes and process/procedures of commercial and residential facilities. The program will include topics in energy efficiency and conservation; sustainable green manufacturing; renewable energy technologies (focus on solar and wind energy technologies); and sustainable facilities design and construction. These components were chosen because they represent the green technologies with the highest potential impact on the regional economy.
Students will learn green energy technology skills targeted on energy efficiency and management, sustainable facilities planning and design, sustainable green construction, sustainable and green manufacturing, and renewable energy sources such as biomass, biofuels, solar power, and wind energy technologies. These components were chosen because they represent the green technologies with the highest potential impact on the green jobs and economy in the region and in Midwest.
In certain instances, specific University Studies courses are required for a degree.
Graduates of the revised/expanded option can expect to find employment in green economic sectors associated with Energy Efficiency, Green Manufacturing, Green Construction, Facilities Management, and Renewable Energy Generation. The employment projections and career opportunities associated with these sectors currently show an increased demand and are projected to increase in the upcoming years. This is based on information obtained from US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) who investigated the impact of green economy on occupational requirements. Results of the research led to the identification of occupations in new green economic sectors that are now reflected in the national database of Standard Occupational Code (SOC) system.