Energy, Construction & Utilities

As California’s population surges, we not only need to build places for people to live, we need energy and utilities for these structures. Programs in this sector train you in architecture, engineering, electrical, mechanical, and construction roles. Get into these fast-growing industries. They are seeking more efficient, alternative energy sources, which means you are choosing a career path that gives you job security around the globe.

Career paths & salary info (Median yearly salary)

  • Architectural and Civil drafters $57,637
  • Electricians $60,445
  • Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters $51,438
  • Carpenters $38,272
  • Construction Managers $75,221


  • San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Renovate America
  • EMCOR Group
  • EDF Renewable Energy
  • HD Supply
  • AECOM Technology Corporation
  • Sempra Energy
  • Solar Turbines
  • Horizon Solar Power
  • Flatiron Construction

Did you know?

  • The majority of “clean energy” companies in San Diego County specialize in energy efficiency for buildings and renewable energies such as solar power.
  • Employers in the building and construction trades industry prefer to hire journeymen who have completed successful apprenticeships. There are more than 50 apprenticeship programs that train San Diegans for this industry.
  • More than 75% of students who graduated from the San Diego-Imperial community colleges’ Energy, Construction and Utilities programs in 2016 attained living wages.
  • This sector is a great fit for job seekers interested in the environment and working with their hands.
  • For job seekers looking to become more competitive in the sector, obtaining a professional licensure validates the skills that they possess to employers.
Source: San Diego-Imperial Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research & San Diego Workforce Partnership

Programs & Schools

Cuyamaca College

  • Business Office Technology
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Assistant
  • Business Information Worker
  • Account Clerk
  • Front Office Receptionist
  • Office Assistant Level 1
  • Office Assistant Level 2
  • Office Professional
  • Office Software Specialst 1
  • Office Software Specialist 2
  • Environ Health & Safety Manage
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Technician
  • OSHA Management
  • OSH Technician
  • Management
  • Water/Wastewater Technology
  • Backflow and Cross Connect Cont
  • Water Resources Management
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator
  • Water Dist Systems Operations
  • Wastewater Collection Systems
  • Wastewater Treatment Operator

Grossmont College

  • Business Administration *ADT cert
  • Business Office Technology
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Assistant
  • Business Information Worker
  • Account Clerk
  • Front Office Receptionist
  • Office Assistant, Level 1
  • Office Assistant Level 2
  • Office Professional
  • Office Software Specialist, Lev 1
  • Office Software Specialist, Lev 2
  • Virtual Office Assistant
  • Management
  • Marketing

Imperial Valley College

  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Alternative Energy-Solar Technology
  • Apprenticeship-Control Operater
  • Apprenticeship-Electrician
  • Apprenticeship-Generation Mechanic
  • Apprenticeship-Hydro Operator
  • Apprenticeship- Instrument Technician
  • Apprenticeship- Meter technician
  • Apprenticeship- Power Lineman
  • Apprenticeship- Relays Technician
  • Apprenticeship- SCADA/Telecommunication Technician
  • Apprenticeship- Substation-Electrician
  • Apprenticeship-Telecommunications Technician
  • Building Construction Technology
  • Building Construction Technology-Carpentry Specialization
  • Building Construction Technology- Concrete Masonry Specialization
  • Electrical Technology
  • Electrical Technology: Electrical Wiring Specialization
  • Electrical Technology: Electronics Specialization
  • Electrical Trades
  • Energy Efficiency Technology

MiraCosta College

  • Cyber Security
  • Architectural Design
  • AutoCAD Certified User
  • Computer-Aided Drafting
  • Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
  • Construction Management
  • Drafting Fundamentals

Palomar College

  • Apprenticeship-Acoustical Installer
  • Apprenticeship-Carpentry
  • Apprenticeship-Drywall/Lather
  • Apprenticeship-Inside Wireman
  • Apprenticeship-Plasterer
  • Apprenticeship-Sound Technician
  • Apprenticeship-Sheet Metal
  • Architecture
  • Architectural Drafting
  • Eco-Building Professional
  • Construction Inspection
  • Computer Assisted Drafting
  • Drafting Technology: Multimedia
  • Drafting Technology: Technical
  • Electro-Mechanical Drafting and Design
  • Foundations in Technical Careers
  • Public Works Management - Level I
  • Public Works Management - Level II
  • Water Technology Education
  • Wastewater Technology Education
  • Entry-Level Gas Metal/Flux Cored Arc Weld
  • Entry-Level Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Entry-Level Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Welding Technology

San Diego City College

  • Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Environmental
  • Apprenticeships
  • Electricity
  • Electronics

San Diego Continuing Education

  • Electronics Technician
  • Air Conditioning and Heating I
  • Plumbing I
  • Plumbing II
  • Plumbing III

San Diego Mesa College

  • Architecture Technician
  • Architecture Design
  • Architecture Construction Management
  • Building Construction Technology Inspection
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geographic Information Systems Technician

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