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Green Careers Panel Discussion Final

  1. 1. Green Careers Preparing for tomorrow… and beyond…
  2. 2. Today’s Panel <ul><li>Chair : Jill Gaito, Green Center of Central Pa </li></ul><ul><li>Bill Sutton, LEED® AP – Wohlsen Construction </li></ul><ul><li>Alyssa Adams, McClure Company </li></ul><ul><li>Matt Wilson, Secco Inc. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Panel Discussion <ul><li>General Definitions </li></ul><ul><li>Local Resources for Education </li></ul><ul><li>Green Building Design & Construction </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Conservation and Efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Electrical/RenewableTechnologies </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are “Green” Jobs?? <ul><li>Jobs that create a clean-energy economy, reduce carbon emissions & improve the overall condition of our environment: </li></ul><ul><li>Green Building/Building retrofitting </li></ul><ul><li>Mass transit / Public Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Energy-efficient automobiles </li></ul><ul><li>Renewable Energy - Wind & Solar power </li></ul><ul><li>Biofuels – Ethanol, Biodiesel </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst </li></ul>
  5. 5. What’s so great about Green Jobs ? <ul><li>Besides benefitting the environment… </li></ul><ul><li>These jobs aren’t going overseas </li></ul><ul><li>or anywhere else – they have to be </li></ul><ul><li>done here. </li></ul><ul><li>You can make a good living. </li></ul><ul><li>You match your skills and interest </li></ul><ul><li>to a career and grow that career </li></ul><ul><li>as far as you want to go. </li></ul><ul><li>Source: www.bluegreenalliance.org </li></ul>
  6. 6. Local Educational Resources <ul><li>Green Center of Central Pa </li></ul><ul><li>HACC Courses & Seminars </li></ul><ul><li>ACE Mentoring Program </li></ul><ul><li>Chamber Millennials Business Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Additional resources for you to check out: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.economicmodeling.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.bluegreenalliance.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.greencentralpa.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.fastcompany.com </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Green Building Overview <ul><li>Main Categories: </li></ul><ul><li>Site Selection </li></ul><ul><li>Water Efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Energy & Atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Materials & Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Indoor Air Quality </li></ul><ul><li>REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Green Building Design <ul><li>Passive Solar </li></ul><ul><li>Envelope Design </li></ul><ul><li>Glazing Design </li></ul><ul><li>Comfort </li></ul><ul><li>Daylighting </li></ul><ul><li>Stormwater Retention </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Connection </li></ul>
  9. 9. Green Building Careers <ul><li>Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Construction Management </li></ul><ul><li>LEED® Professional </li></ul><ul><li>Various Trades </li></ul>
  10. 10. Architecture <ul><li>Duties: </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for building design (both form & function) </li></ul><ul><li>Must design the building to meet local codes and regulations (ADA) </li></ul><ul><li>Construction guidance and coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity </li></ul><ul><li>AutoCAD or Revit </li></ul><ul><li>Ingenuity </li></ul><ul><li>Certifications and Local Training and Courses: </li></ul><ul><li>HACC Architecture Program </li></ul><ul><li>Typically a 4 year program and testing to become AIA </li></ul>
  11. 11. Civil & Structural Engineering <ul><li>Duties: </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for site and structural design </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate impact on the environment both physical and pollution </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate structural systems and solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent math and science skills </li></ul><ul><li>AutoCAD </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of State and Local code requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Certifications and Local Training and Courses: </li></ul><ul><li>Engineer In Training </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Engineer Certification </li></ul>
  12. 12. Construction Manager <ul><li>Duties: </li></ul><ul><li>Oversee construction activities (Logistics, Safety, Quality, Time, Green Aspects) </li></ul><ul><li>Contract writing/negotiations </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and manage a construction scheduling </li></ul><ul><li>Develop, estimate, and manage the costs for a given construction project </li></ul><ul><li>Purchasing and delivering of materials to the site </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Good communication skills both verbally and written </li></ul><ul><li>The ability to multi-task and problem solve </li></ul><ul><li>Blueprint reading </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering degree </li></ul><ul><li>Certifications and Local Training and Courses: </li></ul><ul><li>Certified Construction Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Green Advantage Certification </li></ul><ul><li>LEED® Accreditation </li></ul>
  13. 13. LEED® Professional <ul><li>Duties: </li></ul><ul><li>Advise building owners on LEED® criteria and approach </li></ul><ul><li>Oversee building projects from a sustainability standpoint </li></ul><ul><li>Manage documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Good communication skills both verbally and written </li></ul><ul><li>Certifications and Local Training and Courses: </li></ul><ul><li>LEED Green Associate and LEED Accredited Professional Certification </li></ul>
  14. 14. Various Trades <ul><li>Duties: </li></ul><ul><li>Construct/Install building systems and components </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain a safe working environment (adhere to safety guidelines) </li></ul><ul><li>Achieve certain levels of productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Craftsmanship </li></ul><ul><li>Blueprint Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Math & Measurement </li></ul><ul><li>Certifications and Local Training and Courses: </li></ul><ul><li>Apprenticeship programs </li></ul><ul><li>HACC Training Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Association of Builders & Contractors </li></ul>
  15. 15. Campus Square Building <ul><li>Registered LEED® Gold </li></ul><ul><li>Hybrid Geothermal System – 46 Geothermal Wells (400 feet deep) </li></ul><ul><li>Hybrid Solar System - 42 kW Solar PV Array with 6 kW Battery Backup System </li></ul>
  16. 16. Campus Square Building
  17. 17. Energy Conservation & Efficiency <ul><li>Performance Contracting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guaranteed energy savings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>HVAC Retrofits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce energy costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ATC/EMS Replacement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Auditing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lighting retrofits & replacements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demand controlled ventilation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measurement and verification </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve the environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain aging facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce overall operational costs </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Mechanical Careers <ul><li>Mechanical Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Auditor </li></ul><ul><li>Commissioning Agent </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Modeler </li></ul>
  19. 19. Mechanical Engineer <ul><li>Duties: </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct field surveys to assess existing conditions, customer needs and begin problem analysis. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare equipment or material specifications for purchasing. </li></ul><ul><li>Interpret submittals, architectural, structural, piping/plumbing and mechanical drawings. </li></ul><ul><li>Design and layout of HVAC, Plumbing/Piping systems on commercial, institutional, pharmaceutical and healthcare projects using AutoCAD Software. </li></ul><ul><li>Work with internal resources to estimate project cost. </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate directly with field construction personnel, customers and equipment vendors. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent organizational skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarity with the A-E design process as well as a general knowledge of the construction process. </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to manage multiple priorities. </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and MS Project.  </li></ul><ul><li>Certifications and Local Training and Courses: </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related technical degree. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Energy Auditor <ul><li>Duties: </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for collecting, analyzing, and validating energy usage in the field </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing reports on a building or home’s total energy profile </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct energy audits </li></ul><ul><li>Test heating, ventilation, AC, water heating systems, doors, windows, </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting, and insulation for efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Compute energy use analysis and overall building performance </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Good communication skills both verbally and written </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of how to measure and verify energy systems </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of State and Local energy efficiency requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Certifications and Local Training and Courses: </li></ul><ul><li>RESNET/BPI Certification Training </li></ul><ul><li>BPI Building Analyst Training </li></ul><ul><li>HACC Energy Audit/Building Efficiency Certification Program </li></ul>
  21. 21. Commissioning Agent <ul><li>Duties: </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and incorporate commissioning requirements into the construction documents. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and implement a commissioning plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Verity the installation and performance of the systems to be commissioned. </li></ul><ul><li>Complete a summary commissioning report. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Energy systems design, installation and operation. </li></ul><ul><li>Commissioning planning and process management </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on field experience with energy systems performance, interaction, start-up, balancing, testing, troubleshooting, operation, and maintenance procedures. </li></ul><ul><li>Energy systems automation control knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Certifications and Local Training and Courses: </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelor of Science, Energy Engineering Technology </li></ul>
  22. 22. Energy Modeler <ul><li>Duties: </li></ul><ul><li>Develop energy models using various energy modeling software to project building energy consumption. </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate building components and features and translate this information into the energy modeling software. </li></ul><ul><li>Energy models of existing buildings may require field surveys to gather data, energy models of future buildings may require assessment of construction drawings and communication with other design team professionals/building owner to determine modeling data. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding of heat transfer, engineering properties of building materials, and engineering fundamentals. </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarity with building construction. </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarity with building operations, energy equipment contained in buildings, building schedules, occupant behaviors for various building types. </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to analyze energy use data. </li></ul><ul><li>Certifications and Local Training and Courses: </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related technical degree </li></ul><ul><li>ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) </li></ul><ul><li>Training certificates also available from Energy Modeling Software Companies (Trane Trace, Carrier HAP, etc.) </li></ul>
  23. 23. Project Example Step 2: Scoping Audit (no fee) - Walk-Through Buildings - Utility Bill Analysis Step 3: Investment Grade Audit (fee based) Step 1: Define Requirements - Conceptual Presentation - Customer Questionnaire Approval to Proceed with Proposal Performance Contract Signed Authorization to Proceed (L. O. A.) Customer Acceptance Step 4: Program Implementation - Implementation Completed Step 5: Technical Partnership Ongoing Customer Support and Communication On-going Partnership Process Outcome
  24. 24. Geothermal
  25. 25. Electrical Careers <ul><li>Electrical Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Electrician Specializing as a Solar Technician </li></ul><ul><li>Building Systems Installer </li></ul>
  26. 26. Electrical Engineer <ul><li>Duties: Design safe, efficient electrical systems tailored to meet a customer’s needs. Adapting systems to an Architect’s building design and the project budget. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: Math, mechanical reasoning, organizational, communication, innovative. </li></ul><ul><li>Certifications and Local Training and Courses: </li></ul><ul><li>B.S or Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, System/Manufacture specific training, National Electric Code training, CAD training. Working in the field for a period of time greatly increases the quality of an engineer’s design work. Internships or seasonal employment with a contractor are good opportunities to gain this type of exposure. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Electrician Specializing as a Solar Technician <ul><li>Duties: </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for the construction, installation and maintenance of solar energy systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Some tasks may include: </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating sun radiation levels to determine best placement opportunities to maximize efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Installing solar panels on rooftops and connecting their power source to the buildings electrical systems </li></ul><ul><li>Skills & Training: </li></ul><ul><li>Good communication with people both verbally and </li></ul><ul><li>written </li></ul><ul><li>General construction experience </li></ul><ul><li>Solar Installation Certification Programs </li></ul>
  28. 28. Building Systems Installer <ul><li>Duties: </li></ul><ul><li>Combine some of the traditional skill sets of building technicians with advanced skills in controls programming, networking, and systems integration. </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnose, repair and optimize complex electronic building controls systems, requiring extensive knowledge of a variety of electronic and/or digital controls systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to test and write modifications in multiple languages of system software. </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to read and interpret detailed drawings, sequence of operations, specifications, operating manuals and other written materials </li></ul><ul><li>Work closely with other skilled trades and building engineers </li></ul><ul><li>to trouble-shoot and resolve problems with HVAC and Building </li></ul><ul><li>Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Certifications and Local Training and Courses: </li></ul>
  29. 29. 10kW PV System- Burnt Mills Veternary Clinic - Shippensburg, PA <ul><li>Dr. Simms wants to generate clean, affordable energy. </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Simms contacts SECCO Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>We design a PV system that fits his goals, facility, and budget. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Solar PV Installation Teams need to plan carefully And work carefully!
  31. 31. Solar Installation requires good Team Work in challenging enviroments.
  32. 32. He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times. Friedrich von Schiller
  33. 33. Happiness does not come from doing easy work, but from the aferglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievment of a difficult task that demanded our best. Theodore Isaac Rubin
  34. 34. Other Careers <ul><li>Environmentalists </li></ul><ul><li>Green Business/Entrepaneur </li></ul><ul><li>Biologist/Chemist </li></ul>
  35. 35. Where do you start ?? <ul><li>Most of these career paths require: </li></ul><ul><li>basic math & reading skills </li></ul><ul><li>good communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>fundamental computer skills </li></ul><ul><li>ability to follow directions & implement them </li></ul><ul><li>hands-on ability </li></ul><ul><li>Some require: </li></ul><ul><li>specialized training/certification programs </li></ul><ul><li>2-year degree </li></ul><ul><li>4-year degree </li></ul>
  36. 36. What do employers look for ?? <ul><li>Reliability – be there every day, on time, for the entire shift </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibility – with company assets & policies, work ethic </li></ul><ul><li>Respectfulness – of employer, clients, vendors, fellow employees, yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity – proactive, constructive suggestions </li></ul><ul><li>Common Sense – ability to think on your feet & solve problems </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence – not to be confused with arrogance </li></ul>

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