Energy, Construction & Utilities


California’s Advanced Energy industry needs an additional 15,000 highly skilled workers every year, and Community Colleges are uniquely positioned to meet this need. The Energy Construction and Utilities Sector team engages education and industry to deliver to students the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for rapid technological advances:

California’s Energy, Construction and Utilities Sector covers a vast workplace, with occupations spanning from the generating plant to the wall socket. This sector creates thousands of jobs every year, driving expectations for educators to meet the continual workforce demand. However, many jobs go unfilled because of a lack of qualified workers – an increasingly difficult industry problem as the retirement rate for baby boomers increases. Meeting this workforce demand requires a systematic approach to preparing adequate numbers of students with relevant skills and knowledge across electrical, mechanical, construction, architectural, and engineering disciplines.

Energy, Construction, & Utilities Value Chain
Decision- Making Design Installation Operations/
Building Owners
Design/Build Contractors
Energy Service Cos.
Construction Firms
Installation Contractors
Energy Service Cos.
Building Owners
Facility Management
Servicer Contractors

Job Functions
Energy Auditing
Financial Analysis
Operations Assessment
Technical Evaluation
Construction Planning
Project Management
System Installation
Project Management
Cost Management
Energy Management
Carbon Reduction
Tenants Satisfaction
Systems Performance
Operations Planning

Priority Occupations

Energy efficiency occupations address the electrical and mechanical functions associated with the installation, operation, and maintenance of systems for the utility grid as well as commercial and industrial buildings. In the construction trades, energy efficiency is layered on top of traditional occupations such as electricians and sheet metal workers as a specialized set of knowledge and skills to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint. Utility occupations are typically better defined, such as Power Line Installers and Repairers.


Selected Links to US Department of Labor Occupation Definitions


  • Navigant Research forecasts revenue for the commercial, energy efficient HVAC technologies market to grow from $29.4 billion in 2018 to $61.2 billion in 2027, owing to current regulation supporting commercial building owners to adopt smart controls, enabling intelligent management and building operations.
  • The Honda Distribution Center in Torrance has commissioned North America’s largest microgrid installation, with a 2 MW solar array backed up by 546 kWh in storage – read more here.
  • Educators around the state met at the California Independent System Operator in Folsom, CA for a 2-day symposium on Integrated Distributed Energy Resources and the impact they’re having on the grid, the climate, and the workforce. Read this article from
  • The Construction sector is hot! High paying jobs abound, and the Community Colleges are poised to get you the training you need for a great career. Read this article from NPREd.
  • California is helping low income women train for construction jobs – read the CNN Money article.