January 06, 2017

Building 36 Technologies: Helping to Grow the Clean Energy Workforce

Lindsay Martinez, Workforce Development Fellow

MassCEC’s Internship Program broke records this summer session, placing 244 interns at 152 companies. The program provides the clean energy community with a talented pool of young professionals, enables students to gain significant career experience in a challenging economic environment and enables clean energy employers to mentor and provide internship opportunities to students across a broad spectrum of backgrounds.

Building 36 Technologies has been participating in the Internship Program since the summer of 2014. Building 36 Technologies provides home energy solutions related to energy management, home automation and damage prevention. The company’s technologies allow you to connect to and control your home and stay informed. The possibilities continue to grow and so does their workforce.

The Internship Program also allows for students to get hired after completing their internships – so far, 96 students have been brought on by their company after completing the program. Most recently, Building 36 Technologies hired Joe Brouillette, who interned with Building 36 this past spring during his final semester at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In his role as the Technical Account Intern –  New England Region, he was responsible for all aspects of the sales cycle including identifying new customers, training installers, facilitating sales to end customers and working closely with Building 36’s distribution partners.

When Brouillette graduated this spring with a degree in Business Administration, he immediately signed on as a full-time employee with Building 36 and currently holds the title of Technical Account Associate – New England Region. He says he accepted the position not only because he enjoys working with the technology offered by Building 36, but because he enjoys the people he works with. He always had an interest in clean energy and knew he wanted to work in the sector, and his internship introduced him to a new company and started him on his career path.

Building 36 is not the only company where interns are transitioning to full-time hires, and we can’t wait to see what success this session’s interns find in their futures.