School's out for now
Over the past 10 weeks I learned alot about the world of energy efficient retro-fitting and green building in general. I learned how to conduct a blower door test and how to do the relevant calculations, honestly that was my favourite topic we learned in construction class. I love tests and calculations! We had some really great teachers who had a real passion for what they do. Every class I learned something different but I admit that "The Sustainable Built Enviroment" was my favourite class, it was twice a week and taught by John Shurtz. We learned so much about green building materials, off-gassing, different types of insulation and construction, it blew my mind! My family and friends have been on me to get LEED certification and I didn't really see the point until I took this class. Now I so want to become a LEED Green Associate and one day a LEED AP.
For the past few months my interests in engineering had been waning, I figured I'd been out of school to long to have any hope of really getting an engineering position. That I'd have to go with technology education, which I do love doing but it's not what I went to school for. It's not what I've been striving to be since I was 7. But now I see that I do have chance and that there are things that I can do to add to my engineering education that cost little to nothing.
The next step is to figure out exactly how I will describe this 10 week course on my resume' and to start trying to get out there in the "Green World" of Northern California. I've already signed up for 2 classes at Pacific Gas and Electric (PGnE) one is called Integrating Energy Efficiency & Renewables in Home Retrofits and the other is "Climate Based Daylighting & Analysis". I really feel that my months of being underemployed are drawing to an end and I can't wait to start working and putting all the knowledege I learned at Georgia Southern and at Laney to good use.