Joining the CCC Energy Corps

Energy surveys are the first step in the retrofitting process. Corpsmembers survey the building to determine the type and quantity of lighting replacement needed along with projected energy savings.

You will gain skills and experience leading to careers in the energy-efficiency industry. Energy Corpsmembers graduate with skills and experience for entry into the energy-efficiency industry or to continue in advanced training, internships or college. Career Pathways include heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); engineering; electrical trades; lighting; and more.

To qualify you must be:

  • 18-25 years of age
  • Willing to learn and work as part of a team
  • Willing to work various schedules (swing or graveyard shifts on projects to avoid disrupting the work of public agencies)
  • Able to work on projects that require traveling and being away from home for 4-8 nights
  • Able to attend initial training and orientation of three weeks away from home
  • Willing to participate in career development, leadership, and personal development activities beyond the 40-hour work week
  • Able to pass pre-employment physical, drug test, and background check

Type of Training and Work Experience

You’ll start your one-year term of service by participating in a two-week Corpsmember Orientation, Motivation, Education, and Training (COMET). This is followed by a 40-hour Introduction to Energy Efficiency training, which combines instruction and hands-on training to learn the steps, routine, and vocabulary required for a typical school Energy Survey, and basic math for building measurements and calculations. You will learn how buildings use, waste, or conserve energy and more.

Once trained, you’ll be assigned to a crew of 10 and will assist with energy surveys for schools or public agencies. The next phase of training includes how to conduct basic lighting modification, followed by working on “retrofit” projects that include modifying lighting systems and installing energy controls.

To join the Energy Corps, please fill out our online application. For questions and additional information, contact us by phone at 1-800-952-5627 or email at