"Preparing Students for Well Paid Careers in Energy and Facility Management and Cost Efficient and Sustainable Buildings"


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De Anza's Energy and Facility Management Program offers classes year round including the Summer session!

  • Register as a De Anza College student.
  • Search online for Energy or Facility Management classes. (Select the current academic quarter and " Environmental Studies.")
  • Our courses are competitively priced at ONLY $31/unit for California residents!

Our Program Focus

De Anza College offers State accredited Certificates of Achievement, Certificates of Achievement-Advanced, and Associate in Science (AS) Degrees in:

Energy Management and Building Science

Enhanced for the Fall 2020-2021 Academic Year Our program focuses on the TECHNICAL aspects of Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building systems by utilizing sustainable building materials, energy efficient lighting, HVAC and building control systems, and by implementing green building and architectural theories, standards and principles such as passive solar design, LEED, and renewable energy generation and storage.

Additional program focus is on building code compliance, building energy audits and benchmarking, building commissioning, total cost of ownership, and individual personal skill development in program management, calculating energy management return on investment and technical report writing. You have the option to take your classes in the very first USGBC LEED Platinum building in the California Community College system- The Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies- the "Building That Teaches"!! We truly believe the Kirsch Center and the De Anza Campus should be a living laboratory for student learning.

Earn Your Energy Management and Building Science Certificate or Degree 100% online! We now offer ALL OF OUR Energy Management CLASSES- including our hands on lab classes- online. There's no need to come to campus for any aspect of our program.

Facility and Sustainable Building Management

Focuses on the BUSINESS aspects of making buildings productive, efficient, sustainable, and environmentally safe by implementing effective building operations and maintenance procedures, automated building monitoring and management systems, strategic facilities planning, total cost of ownership and insuring employee safety and security by overseeing and managing effective workplace communications and cross organizational collaboration.

There's an unfilled demand for over 3,500 trained Facility Management professionals in the SF Bay Area. Take your classes in the very FIRST California Community College and State Accredited Facility Management AS degree program and the ONLY Facility Management Degree Program in California listed in the International Facility Management Association's (IFMA) Academic Registry. A well paid and rewarding job is already waiting for you.

Earn your Facility and Sustainable Building Management 100% online! Every single one of our required courses are offered online at least once each Academic Year. There's no need to come to Campus for any reason.

Legislation is Creating Clean Energy Jobs!

New California state laws concerning Clean Energy Generation, Emission Reduction, and Net Zero Energy Building  are guiding us to live more sustainable lifestyles – particularly in the built environment. Commercial and Residential buildings are required to be Zero Net Energy (ZNE) efficient, use more sustainable materials, reduce water, waste and pollution, and create more energy from renewable energy sources such as solar and wind to offset the energy they do consume.  

This legislation is also creating new, well-paid careers! Our programs can prepare you for clean energy careers and according to companies hiring our graduates, we help differentiate you from others they are considering. Students graduating with a certificate or degree from our programs find jobs in careers directly related to the degree they earned within three months of graduation. Read what the State Chancellor's office has to say about us! We have a tremendous track record  of helping to place our graduates  in sustainable environmental careers that pay well with leading clean tech and building management / real estate companies.

Our curriculum, faculty and hands on experiences; as well as career counseling, soft skill development, resume' and interview workshops, networking and internship opportunities set you apart when you graduate.

Who Majors in and Enrolls in our Program? 

Students of all academic backgrounds are welcome in our program!

Classes are designed for students of all levels and stages in their academic careers – whether the're just starting out on their career paths, in career transition, or already in the workforce and simply looking for new skills and knowledge.

Some of our students even have four-year college or master's degrees in fields such as engineering, industrial technology and business. Looking for up-to-date knowledge and experience, our students have chosen to augment their four-year degrees with De Anza's courses in facility and energy management, sustainable buildings and renewable energy systems – so they can pursue careers in growing and sustainable clean tech industries.

Flexible Class Options

We offer classes at the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies and online through De Anza's Online Education Center. Our classes are offered every academic quarter including the summer session.

We also offer many options for students who may be looking for an additional unit or two, even after the deadline to add quarter-long courses.

We Help you Find a Great Career!

We just don't help you earn your certificate or degree and then shake your hand when you graduate.

We ACTIVELY help you find that great career opportunity you're looking for! Our faculty has decades of work experience. All of us have developed professional relationships with companies looking for well qualified and "job ready employees". We are proud of our graduates! Our students are the best endorsement and validation our program could have. Employers tell us our graduates stand out from others they are considering. They ask us for more!

Below is a list of graduates from our programs who found great career opportunities in Sustainable Building Management, Facilities, Renewable Energy, and Building Automation Systems after graduating from De Anza. Many of them come back to share with our current group of students what they do and how they got there. Get ready to scroll for awhile ;-)

SunWork- Solar Projects Supervisor

Ecology Action-Customer Relationship Manager

LYNGSO- Sustainability Coordinator- Facilities

EcoGreen Group- Managing Director

SolarCity- Field Energy Consultant

Sungevity- Project Manager

Sunrun- Sales Support Manager

Sunrun- Site Technician

City of Palo Alto-Utilities Project Manager

Sunrun- Site Technician and Permit Coordinator

SolarCity- Field Energy Consultant

De Anza College- Biology Lab Technician

Soleeva- Solar Energy Consultant

Solar Edge Technologies-Technical Support Engineer

Sunrun- Manager PV Site Modeling

San Jose Municipal Stadium-Facility Management and Field Operations

Levi's Stadium- Facility Management- Operations and Maintenance

Cushman and Wakefield- Environmental /Building Health and Safety Manager- On  site @ GOOGLE

CBRE- Assistant Facility Manager- Onsite @ Cisco

Ricoh- Facility Manager/Space Planning- Onsite @ Amazon

Intel Corporation- Associate Facility Manager

Carbon Lighthouse-Field Technician- Data Acquisition Specialist

ASI Controls- Building Systems Control Specialist

Amazon Web Services-Program Manager-Customer Programs

Google- Program Manager- Program Technician- Vehicle Programs

Alpha Tech-Program Manager- Building Commissioning and Energy Efficiency

Tesla- Site Surveyor

Sunrun- Solar Surveyor

Redaptive- Senior Manager, Maintenance and Operations

CBRE- Assistant Energy Manager- Onsite at Cisco

Read what the State Chancellor's office has to say about us

Our list continues to grow each year!

How to Enroll

  • Register as a De Anza student.
  • Search online for Energy or Facility Management classes. (Select the quarter and "Environmental Studies."

Which Degree is Right for You?

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Hands on Learning 

students in ES 74 class

students in ES class

In addition to classroom lecture and lab classes, our programs offer many hands on, on-the-job experiences providing students learning opportunities outside the classroom with partners in the community. Ask your instructor about current internship opportunities that might be available.

Do You Have Questions?

Energy and Facility Management/ Building Science


Kirsch Center
Office KC 241B


Bill Roeder

Instructor and Program Chair



For More Information

Energy and Facility Management/ Building Science Program


Kirsch Center
Office KC 241B


Bill Roeder

Instructor and Program Chair

Email: roederwilliam@deanza.edu

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