Energy Systems Engineering Technology (Optional Co-op)
- Ontario College Advanced Diploma
- College Code:
- Engineering & Information Technology
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2014 / 2015
About the Program
The innovative three-year Energy Systems Technology program prepares students with both theoretical and practical experience, enabling them to work in conventional and renewable energy fields which require the knowledge of energy production, management and its application to industry.
Electrical and mechanical theory is applied to a wide range of energy systems from generation to distribution, including hydroelectric, nuclear, gas, wind, solar, biomass and geothermal. Studies in solid-state controls, instrumentation, programmable logic controllers, distribution systems and transformers equip students with the skills necessary to understand the modern electrical distribution system and industrial electrical applications.
Additional studies in HVAC, HVAC controls, and energy management allow the student to apply the energy systems knowledge to commercial and residential building applications including energy auditing and conservation initiatives.
Throughout the program, students will gain experience in safety practices, safety standards and equipment, technical writing and problem solving.
Graduating students are qualified to work as technologists in a broad range of private and public energy-sector jobs.
Note: Applicants with MAP4C may be given an alternate offer to the one-year Technology Foundations program which serves as a preparatory pathway into this program.
Length: Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
First-Year Capacity: 45
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
- Grade 12 Mathematics, C or U (MCT4C or MHF4U or MCV4U or MDM4U), or equivalent, or Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics for Technology & Apprenticeship (MATH1385)
- The minimum acceptable grade for MDM4U is 70%.
- Applicants with MAP4C will only be considered after writing the College Math Admission test. Minimum grade cutoffs apply.
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants not meeting the math admission requirements may arrange for testing to assess mathematical ability.
Admission Requirements for Co-op Option
- All applicants apply to the non co-op option. Upon completion of the first academic year, students may apply to transfer to the co-op option, and admission will be based on academic achievement and job market conditions.
- All applicants apply to the non co-op option. Applications to transfer to co-op are processed during subsequent semesters.
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- A sound mathematical background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition: Please refer to the previous academic year program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa.
*Fees for recreation/athletics, graduation/alumni, insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies, are additional.
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website
. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Aid/Awards
- Co-op programs add value to your education. Earn while you apply what you learn in a real workplace environment. See the Co-op and Career Services webpage for more details.
- Students will be informed of the application deadline and process through a mandatory information session.
- Applicants will be considered for the co-op stream based on their academic performance as co-op seats are limited.
- The College cannot guarantee co-op employment. All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Co-op Office.
Graduates may perform functions in various aspects of the energy sector, primarily in support of research, development and design, at a technologist level. Employment opportunities may include all aspects of energy systems including equipment design, quality assurance and control, equipment maintenance, energy auditing and controls of energy, industrial and electrical systems.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
For more information on the PLAR process, please contact 519-748-5220 ext 2260, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the testing website.
- Analyze and solve complex technical problems through the application of the theoretical principles of renewable and clean energy systems and technologies.
- Analyze electrical and/or mechanical components, processes and systems through the application of engineering principles to construct various types of energy systems.
- Analyze and prepare graphics and other technical documents to appropriate engineering and architectural standards using industry-specific software and procedures.
- Use a variety of troubleshooting techniques and test equipment to identify problems with electrical and/or mechanical components of conventional, renewable and clean energy technologies.
- Assemble and troubleshoot working prototypes of sustainable energy systems and subsystems to meet job requirements, functional specifications and relevant standards; and integrate renewable and clean energy technology into the system design.
- Adhere to the legal, regulatory and health and safety codes and guidelines.
- Contribute to the financial and technical planning and implementation of sustainable construction and development projects.
- Practice principles and ethics associated with environmental management issues.
- Apply principles of networking, instrumentation and other related technologies to monitor and control energy systems in residential or small-scale industrial or commercial facilities.
- Apply strategies, practices and techniques to manage and optimize the generation, capture, storage, integration and distribution of renewable (e.g. wind, solar, geothermal etc.) and clean energy (e.g. nuclear) using conventional and emerging technologies such as smart metres and smart grids.
- Analyze, assemble and retrofit existing conventional systems applying green energy management techniques for efficient and clean energy generation and distribution
Program Advisory Committees
The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees
Domestic students should apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca
or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.
60 Corporate Court
Canada N1G 5J3
International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form
. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.