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In addition to saving residents energy and money, home energy efficiency creates jobs in local communities. In 2010 alone, energy efficiency accounted for more than 830,000 jobs nationwide.

North Carolina’s home and building energy efficiency sector includes more than 50,000 full-time employees around the state. The industry is growing rapidly with no slow-down on the horizon.  Want to join it?

If so, visit the North Carolina Building Performance Association’s website for information on careers and jobs in the industry. NCBPA is the state’s only trade association for the industry and is responsible for creating jobs in the industry and placing talent in valuable positions with companies around the state.

Interested in becoming a Home Energy Rater?  Click here to visit the website for RESNET, the national trade organization for Home Energy Raters.

Interested in becoming an Energy Auditor or Home Performance Contractor?  Click here to visit the website for the Building Performance Institute, the national certification organization for building performance.

What other jobs are available?  Lots!  Here’s a listing of just some of the many jobs in North Carolina’s home energy efficiency industry.

  • Home Energy Rater
  • Energy Auditor
  • Energy Manager
  • Lighting Systems Efficiency Specialist
  • Mechanical Systems/ Appliance Efficiency Specialist
  • HVAC installation and maintenance
  • Insulation Installer
  • Weatherization Specialist
  • Duct Sealing and Repair Specialist
  • Crawlspace Specialist
  • Energy Modeling Technician
  • Architect/Designer
  • Home Builder
  • Energy Engineer
  • Project Manager

Jobs with the trades are in high demand in North Carolina and across the country.  Watch this short video on the value of an education that you won’t receive at a four-year college or university.

Degree programs available at North Carolina’s universities and colleges include:

AB Tech Community College: Building Construction Science program (1-year diploma):

This program focuses on live projects and hands-on activities to teach students energy efficient construction materials and methods associated with high-performance buildings. Students will learn advanced framing methods and other alternative building techniques associated with ‘green building’. Students will also learn energy auditing techniques and soft-ware associated with building energy analysis. Students will come out of this program with the skills required to build high-performance buildings and monitor their energy use. As the construction industry reinvents itself around more sustainable building concepts, the Building Construction Science Program at AB-Tech is the “go to” place for training and retraining for a new era of construction.

For More Information, contact Heath Moody by email at or by phone at 828-398-7349.

Visit or visit Facebook @AshevilleGreenSchool for more program details.

Appalachian State University: Technology and Environmental Design:

Our department features a broad array of programs spanning the fields of applied science and design. In addition to our successful academic concentrations, we have developed a reputation for innovative research in the areas of sustainable building practices, renewable energy, product and interior design, and other applied fields. Our vision is to create “innovative solutions for a sustainable future.” Our mission is to advance and apply knowledge within our respective disciplines to address societal needs. We accomplish this mission by:

  • Educating and mentoring students to consider multiple points of view, to solve problems creatively, and to make meaningful contributions in their fields
  • Conducting innovative research, design, and creative activities
  • Serving the local and global community through outreach, development, and leadership that improves the world in which we live

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Cape Fear Community College: Construction Management Technology:

This curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for careers in the construction management field. Such positions may include assistant project manager, superintendent, estimator, or foreman. Course work includes OSHA safety training, planning, scheduling, cost control, productivity, human relations, estimating, and building codes. Students will also gain proficiency in specific hands on construction related skills. In addition to Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Publisher, students will also learn how to operate cutting edge computer based software such as Auto Desk Computer Aided Drafting, Primavera Scheduling and Timberline Estimating. Graduates of our Associate in Science degree are also eligible to take part in our transfer agreements with select Universities in North Carolina.

Visit or contact the CMT Department for more information!  910-362-7658

Cape Fear Community College: Sustainability Technologies:

The Sustainability Technologies program is a unique and flexible curriculum designed to meet the challenges of the new energy economy. The program’s three focus areas – Sustainability, Renewable Energy, and Buildings – overlap to provide a technology-oriented and certification-based platform of training that can be found nowhere else. You have found the Sustainability program that WORKS!

Graduates of the Associate in Applied Science Degree have the comprehensive knowledge to be competitive in many industries including construction, energy auditing, home inspection, solar, wind, solar thermal, waste, environmental, consulting, sales and non-profit. Each of the three focus areas is also offered as a 5-course Certificate geared toward dual majors or professional development. In addition, a number of college transfer opportunities exist for students wishing to continue their education.

Course work includes energy use, sustainability, water quality, water use, waste and recycling, environmental technology, business sustainability, electricity, photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind, hydroelectricity, site assessment, construction, green building, building science, energy modeling, energy management, energy auditing, and safety. The program places a priority on hands-on training using the latest industry-standard equipment. A number of professional credentials – including LEED® Green Associate, NABCEP PV Entry Level, NABCEP Solar Heating Entry Level, OSHA 30-hour Safety Card and ISO 14000 Awareness – are weaved into the curriculum to better prepare students for employment.

Whether you want to immerse yourself in Sustainability, get more out of your time at CFCC, or just take a class or two to make yourself more competitive in the new green economy, the Sustainability Technologies program is here as a resource for you.

Visit or contact John Wojciechowski at or (910) 362-7761 for more information.

Central Carolina Community College: Sustainability Technologies:

Sustainability Technologies at Central Carolina Community College opens the door to a variety of careers in the growing green economy. The new Associate in Applied Science in Sustainability Technologies degree builds on the college’s long experience in training workers and entrepreneurs for fields that are both Earth-and consumer-friendly. Certificates and diplomas are also available.

Program Highlights:

  • The Sustainability Technologies degree focuses on sustainability issues, Alternative Energy and Green Building. Core classes cover the major policy and development issues in sustainability metrics and practices. Students learn how to measure sustainability indicators, skills necessary for improving financial, social and environmental impacts.
  • The Alternative Energy courses includes education on solar energy, wind power, hydroelectric, biofuels, and other sources of renewable energy. Renewable energy modeling, and design and installation skills are part of the program.
  • The Green Building track includes courses in energy analysis, architectural drawing, building science and green building certification programs. Students also receive hands on training- students construct a small house annually.

Employment opportunities exist in both government and private industry. Career options are varied, including sustainability consultants, renewable energy technicians, biofuels technicians, and green building supervisors. Plan your future in the growing green economy with training in Sustainability Technologies.

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Durham Technical College: Sustainability Technologies:

The Solar Photovoltaic Installation certificate prepares students for both energy use analysis and solar photovoltaic system installation. The intended audience is electricians, those working under the supervision of an electrician, or students who are completing the Electrical/Electronics Technology program. In order to enroll, students must have electrical wiring experience. The Solar Photovoltaic Installation certificate includes coursework that will help prepare students to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) entry-level exam.

The Renewable Energy diploma that includes electrical and math courses for students without previous electrical experience. The diploma program will also include work experience with a local company. The Renewable Energy diploma may be completed in three semesters.

The Sustainability Technologies program provides training in the installation, repair, and upgrade of sustainable technology systems that can be used by government municipalities, corporations, small businesses, and individual homeowners.  The curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for employment in environmental, construction, alternative energy, manufacturing, or related industries, where key emphasis is placed on energy production and waste reduction along with sustainable technologies.

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