About the Program
The innovative three-year Energy Systems Technology program has been designed to prepare the student with both theoretical and practical experience, enabling them to work in a wide variety of alternative energy fields which require an individual with knowledge of energy production, management and its application to industry.
Areas of study include power systems, alternative energy sources such as wind, geothermal and solar, industrial solid state controls, instrumentation, programmable logic controllers and motor-generator controls. Throughout the program, the student will gain experience in safety practices, safety standards and equipment, technical writing and CAD.
The Energy Systems Technology program prepares the student for this fast-growing field to work with wind turbines, photovoltaic systems, geothermal, micro-hydro, bio-fuels and various other alternative energy systems.
Graduating students perform technological functions in various aspects of the energy field, primarily in support of research, development and design, at a recognized technologist level.
Note: Students with MAP4C will be considered for admission via the Technology Foundations program.
Length: Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Location: Cambridge (Fountain Street)
First-Year Capacity: 45
Tuition: Please refer to Program Fee Chart
*Fees are higher for international students
on a Student Visa.
*Recreation/Athletics, Graduation/Alumni, Insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies are additional.
- 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
- 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.
- 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, MHF4U, MCV4U, 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 cut-offs will apply
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
Note re: Admission Requirements
- English and/or math testing may be required,
- Applicants not meeting the math admission requirements will be contacted to 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".
- 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 course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- Twenty (20) additional marks are added to each post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength. Please note: Beginning with the application cycle for fall 2014, post-secondary courses used in the calculation of academic strength will receive a bonus of ten (10) marks.
A sound mathematical background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
For program information call the Information Centre for details at 519-748-5220 ext. 3656.
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.
Graduates may perform technological functions in various aspects of the energy field, primarily in support of research, development and design, at a technologist level. Employment opportunities may include electric equipment design, quality assurance and control, equipment maintenance, and alternative energy technologies.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities see the Government of Canada web site: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
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