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Renewable Energy Techniques

Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
College Code:
CONS
School:
Trades & Apprenticeship
Program Code:
1044
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2018 / 2019

About the Program

This program is designed to give students the skills and knowledge needed to effectively create, install and maintain functional renewable energy systems. Students are introduced to the different sectors of the renewable energy field. Both theoretical and practical applications in solar power, wind, solar thermal technologies and other forms of alternative energies will be explored.

For more information please contact our Student Recruitment staff at trades@conestogac.on.ca.

Program Information

Length: 24-week Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - October/2018 - Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: October
First-Year Capacity: 36

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2017 / 2018) for Renewable Energy Techniques - Program # 1044

Doon - Fall 2017 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2017-10-16)
Description Fall 2017 Winter 2018
Full-time Program Tuition $1460.00 $1460.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10 $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80 $140.80
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54 $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60 $12.60
Session Total $2257.65 $1971.65
Year Total   $4229.30

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2017 / 2018) for
Renewable Energy Techniques - Program # 1044


Doon - Fall 2017 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2017-10-16)
Description Fall 2017 Winter 2018
International Program Tuition $5950.00 $5950.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95 $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55 $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10 $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55 $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80 $140.80
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54 $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $485.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60 $12.60
Session Total $7321.65 $6836.65
Year Total   $14158.30

Financial Assistance

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 Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of this program will find employment in a number of areas related to renewable energy. Sample jobs would include: solar photovoltaic designer and installer, solar thermal designer and installer, sustainable living/green building consultant, sales and/or marketing of renewable energy equipment and products, wind and solar farm installation, maintenance, and repair.

On average, 74% of graduates from the last three years (2014 to 2016) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

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.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (1044)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMP1150 Computer Literacy For Windows (Word/Excel)

Description: Recommended: Keyboarding skills are an asset. This course provides an introduction to the basics of using a computer and Microsoft Office. Students will be introduced to Windows, a word processor (Word), and an electronic spreadsheet (Excel). This course will benefit those who need to understand the basics of a computer on the job or at home.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DRWG1355 Introduction to AutoCAD

Description: This introductory course is designed for the person who has limited or no experience with the CAD system and a minimal technical background. This course is designed to present the new user with the basic tools and skills necessary to function in AutoCAD. Participants will focus on basic drawing, editing, viewing and storage. Topics also include an introduction to the concept of layers, basic dimensioning and adding text.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

MATH1640 Mathematics for Technical Applications

Description: This course when successfully completed will provide an understanding of terminology, basic concepts and applications of fractions, ratio, proportion, percent, unit conversion, pre-algebra and basic algebra as related to trade problems and construction layout. The fundaments of SI will be discussed to assist students in developing a functional knowledge of the metric system. Students will be required to perform occupational calculations in the imperial and metric systems and to solve technical problems pertaining to trade problems and construction layout.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1150 Safety Requirements in the Industrial Environment

Description: This course is designed to give students the knowledge and understanding of various safety-related topics pertinent to construction and industrial environments. Students will also be introduced to lifting and moving loads in a controlled and safe manner. This course will also provide students with the basic knowledge required to work safely in areas exposed to fall hazards. A review of legislative requirements, due diligence, WHMIS, occupational health and safety requirements will also be discussed. The student will also address the purpose, and basic concepts in the operation of Elevating (Aerial) Work Platforms (AWP).
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1270 Hoisting and Rigging Safety

Description: This course provides the knowledge needed for those that will be assisting or working around lifting operations. Specific topics include: hoisting, rigging hazards, fibre ropes, knots and hitches, hardware, wire rope and slings, rigging tools and devices, and crane operations which covers safety, hand signals, electric hoists, and practical exercises using the overhead crane.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

TECH1300 Energy and Electricity Fundamentals

Description: Students are introduced to the theory relating to different types of energy. Students will compare regional uses of energy, describe energy conservation and energy efficiency and explain the importance of renewable energy. Students will be exposed to the fundamentals of electrical concepts including types of circuits and current.
Hours: 40
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

TECH1330 Essentials of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Design and Installation

Description: Master the essential knowledge and skills needed to jump start your career in the growing Solar Industry. Whether your career track is management, installation, finance, sales, marketing, customer service or administrative support, this on-line course provides a foundation to build your career. This course meets any available standard from the Canadian Solar Industry Association (CanSIA), Institute for Sustainable Power Quality (ISPQ) and North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals (NABCEP). New standards will be incorporated into the curriculum as they become available.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

TECH1350 Photovoltaic Stand Alone and Off Grid Design and Installation

Description: Through a series of lecture and labs, this course will introduce the students to the design and installation concepts of a PV Stand Alone and an Off Grid System. Students will be introduced to site analysis: Electrical load calculations, Battery calculations, PV and Battery sizing, Generator integration, and Microgrid options.
Hours: 65
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
BUS1330 Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Description: The small business and entrepreneurship sectors are among the fastest growing in today's business economy. The success of the business is intertwined with that of the business owner. Challenges and rewards of running a business; basic business structures; networking; generating business ideas are some of the units covered. The course emphasizes personal skills that are required to put forward a solid business persona to the public while at the same time introducing basic business concepts and basic start-up information.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

CDEV1830 Career Success

Description: This course prepares students to identify, research, and plan their careers.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

TECH1310 Wind Power Theory and Practice

Description: Through a series of lectures and labs, this course will provide students with the background knowledge and hands-on skills to calculate the potential electrical energy available from wind for a given location, install a wind turbine system, and evaluate the performance of a wind turbine. Topics covered include: wind measurements, tower types, types of turbines, types of power output formats, testing and evaluating power output, discussion of emerging wind technologies, wind turbine power curve, and methods of safety, self-regulation.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

TECH1320 Hydro, Fuel Cell and Biofuel Renewable Energy Concepts and Practices

Description: This course is intended to introduce students to the theory of hydro including micro-hydro, biofuel and fuel cell technologies. Students will explore both theoretical and practical applications of hydro, biofuel and fuel cell systems. Students will learn the necessary calculations to size hydro, biofuel and fuel cell system.
Hours: 20
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

TECH1340 Photovoltaic Grid Design and Installation: Residential and Small Commercial

Description: Through a series of lectures and labs, this course will introduce the students to the design and installation concepts of a PV System as applied to residential and small commercial installations. Students will be introduced to solar insulation characteristics; PV panel theory, construction and performance; site analysis; battery types, PV charge control types; electrical integration; utility tied regulations installation and safety; and an introduction to national and international incentive programs.
Hours: 95
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

TECH1360 Canadian GeoExchange Coalition Installers' Course

Description: This course is designed to give the student skills and knowledge needed to provide a rationale for the use of a ground source heat pumps (GSHP) and to discuss the benefits of GSHPs. The student will be able to describe the key components of GSHPs and their basic configurations. In addition, the student will be able to describe the configuration and components of ground heat exchangers, describe methods of excavating and drilling for ground loop installation and identify recommended procedures for sizing of heat pumps. The student will also, be able to specify essential installation requirements, describe the proper procedure for fusion welding pipe and follow proper procedure for flushing, purging and charging ground loops. The student will be able to describe the basic features and configurations of hydronic and forced air distribution systems, follow proper procedures in starting the heat pump and ensure the heat pump performs according to manufacturer's specifications.
Hours: 25
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

TECH1370 Building Green with LEED

Description: This course teaches the participant a working knowledge of core concepts and strategies to reduce the environmental impact of the built environment in Canada. The course highlights how these core concepts and strategies can be used in various LEED rating systems.
This is an intensive course intended to provide a comprehensive overview of techniques, approaches, materials and technologies used in creating greener buildings and communities. It will provide an introductory level of familiarity with the Rating System but should not be construed as a study prep course for those students who wish to take the LEED Professional Accreditation Exam.
Hours: 35
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

TECH1380 Residential Solar Hot Water System Installation

Description: Through a series of lectures and labs, this course will provide students with the background knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to install a residential solar hot water system. Topics covered include: types of collectors, types of systems, roof top installation methods, collector piping, storage, pumping, commissioning, and controls.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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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 before applying.
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

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The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Program Status (Domestic)
Start DateCampusStatus**
OCT, 2018 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students
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