The University of Hawai'i Maui College (UHMC) is a hotbed of energy projects geared toward the use of renewable energy and the practice of energy efficiency.
For example, HNU Energy Company is working on a parking lot photovoltaic (PV) array that will power electric vehicle charging stations. Johnson Controls has installed sophisticated monitoring systems in each college building to track energy use, after retrofitting lighting and air conditioning to capture wasted energy use. The new Science Building, Ike Lea, is a model LEED-certified building featuring numerous sustainable building strategies.
To complement the commitments the college has made toward infrastructure improvements, the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) will offer several winter trainings focused on jobs in the energy field. SLIM is well known for its professional trainings in PV and small wind design and installation, home energy auditing, green building and Building Operators Certification for larger facilities.
Starting on Jan. 6, Jared Libby, project manager at HNU Energy Co., will teach the 60-hour "Entry Level Photovoltaic Design and Installation" training for electrical and building contractors, PV installers and owner/builders. This class will have on-site, hands-on components as well as classroom preparation for the Entry Level North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) exam. This exam is being offered through EdVenture and the SLIM on March 15.
Beginning on Jan. 8, Cliff Rutherford, building contractor and UHMC Sustainable Construction Instructor, will teach the 24-hour "Introduction to the Fundamentals of Electricity" for employees interested in entering this field with essential knowledge. This training will cover electrical concepts and wiring principles in both a classroom and hands-on setting. Participants will be well prepared to take the upcoming "Solar Hot Water Installation" and "Commercial Building Maintenance: Auditing Energy, Waste and Water" in February.
Tuition assistance is available for most employees and unemployed workers. Register for the trainings or the NABCEP Entry Level exam at 984-3231 or EdventureMaui.com (click on "Career Training").
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