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California Needs Skilled ECU Workers

Tens of thousands of new energy efficiency, construction and utilities workers are needed by 2020 to replace a generation of retirees and to serve projected market growth. These workers will need new skills for the rapid adoption of new technologies to address the sector’s regulatory, security, safety, capacity, and economic drivers embedded in key policies arising from AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act.

The Workforce Challenge

Building owners and managers need a workforce that can help them benefit from new technologies that mitigate rising energy costs and avoid state carbon penalties. Architects, engineers, and contractors need workforce upgrades to cost-effectively deploy more complex systems and to comply with the ever-tightening state energy efficiency code.

However, most of the sector’s 178,000 energy & construction workers are not well-trained for new and emerging technologies, representing a significant challenge to installation, operations, and maintenance. New workforce competencies would help achieve the building owner’s goals and grow the market for the construction industry. Urgent requirements for this workforce include:

  • A robust pipeline of new workers to offset retirees and attrition.
  • Greater workforce skills for cost-effectively managing new system complexity.
  • Improved compliance with the state’s energy efficiency code.
  • New competencies in data analysis and system-level building performance management.
  • Vertical or “stacked” credential programs that enable continuous development.

The ECU Sector Team is your partner for cultivating a skilled workforce that can address the challenges presented by an evolving range of technologies and state policies. Learn more here.

How the ECU Sector Team Helps

With the ECU Sector Team’s assistance, colleges can now offer specific pathways into employment and ongoing professional development. To the extent possible, the colleges are aligning their curriculum with industry-recognized credentials. Aligning current programs with energy efficiency and utilities industry segments result in workforce competencies that meet industry demand.

This alignment may take several forms and involve intersecting programs at multiple colleges, such as:

    • Foundational programs with student learning outcomes spanning most segments
    • Feeder programs that prepare students for more advanced education at other colleges
    • Specialized programs that address specific occupations and segments
    • Vertical or “stacked” credential programs that enable continuous development.

The ECU Sector Team is your partner for cultivating a skilled workforce that can address the challenges presented by an evolving range of technologies and state policies. Learn more here.