About a year ago, Janice d’Heilly returned to the workplace as a project developer at GalexC, an Encinitas energy-efficiency firm founded by her brother.
Student Profile: Janice d’Heilly, Certificate in Energy Efficiency
After raising her two children in the state of Washington, she was ready for a new challenge, though she knew virtually nothing about the company or what it did.
At the suggestion of a co-worker, she enrolled in UC San Diego Extension’s Certificate program for HVAC Systems Design and Control, which she expects to complete this year.
“Being a full-time mom was a seven-day-a-week job,” she said, “so now that the kids are grown, I’ve got time to pursue my career in every way possible.”
Defined as an ESCO (Energy Service Company), GalexC develops, installs, and arranges financing for projects, with the goal of improving energy efficiency and reducing maintenance costs.
Her workplace expertise now includes technician-level knowledge of how complex HVAC systems — heating, ventilation and air conditioning — operate from the inside out.
“We take existing commercial and industrial facilities and provide an audit and a turn-key, energy-efficient solution,” she said. The fast-growing field of energy efficiency offers a career path that’s both environmentally friendly and financially rewarding.
Even after completing her certificate program, she intends to keep taking more Extension courses related to energy.
“As a relative newcomer, it’s important for me to learn as much as I can, as fast as I can,” she said. “Not only on the job but in the classroom.”
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