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Ecotech Trains Energy Managers; Medieval Monastery Becomes Energy Training Center

Linda Hardesty

Aurora, Colo., based Ecotech Institute, a college focused on renewable energy training, is now also offering a facility management technology degree program.

This associate’s degree program will prepare students for careers in the field of facility management, focusing on the operation, maintenance, analysis, auditing and cost of energy management systems. Students will receive instruction that is designed to prepare them to analyze, operate, and maintain mechanical and electrical systems.

According to Ecotech, in February there were almost 20,000 jobs posted in the US related to facilities management.

Ecotech Institute’s Facility Management Technology program was developed in coordination with the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA). IFMA’s more than 19,000 members manage more than 37 billion square feet of property worldwide. Ecotech Institute now has more than 520 students who came to Ecotech from across the country for hands-on training in the growing field of sustainability. In addition to Facility Management Technology, Ecotech currently offers the following degree programs:

  • Solar Energy Technology,
  • Associate of Applied Science Wind Energy Technology,
  • Associate of Applied Science Renewable Energy Technology,
  • Associate of Applied Science Energy Efficiency Program,
  • Associate of Applied Science Electrical Energy Technology,
  • Associate of Applied Science Power Utility Technician,
  • Associate of Applied Science Business Administration – Sustainability,
  • Associate of Applied Science.

Across the pond, UK energy company EDF Energy is converting a 900-year-old medieval monastery in southwest England into an energy training center, where students will be able to use 3D training tools supplied by GSE Systems.

The $22.3 million renovation of Cannington Court in Somerset by EDF Energy will convert the historic buildings and grounds into the central hub for EDF’s network of training facilities across the UK. The campus also will include on-site housing for up to 50 people at a time. The facility is slated to open in early 2014.

GSE Systems will supply its Activ3Di visualization technology for maintenance training, GPWR generic nuclear simulators and other simulation technologies for training energy industry workers. GSE’s Activ3Di interactive visualization tools provide trainees with immersive 3D virtual training environments for field operations and maintenance. The company’s real-time nuclear simulators generate accuracy and responsiveness for operator training. The result is a realistic experience for trainees.



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