Energy Systems Engineering Technology (Optional Co-op)
Program DetailsCredential: 3-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma
This three-year program was developed to meet the growing demand for engineering technologists in electrical power, building automation systems and energy management.
The first two years of this program are similar to the Electrical Engineering Technology program and are designed to give students theoretical and practical experience on electric and electronic fundamentals, electric motors and control, programmable logic controllers, solar photovoltaic generators and transformers and their industrial applications. In the final year, students will specialize in wind turbines, photovoltaic systems, geothermal and solar thermal, power systems protection and control, smart grid, building and HVAC management, and micro-hydro systems.
Throughout the program, students gain experience in safety practices, safety standards and equipment, technical writing, and CAD.
Graduates have developed an applied theory and are prepared to perform technological functions in various aspects of the energy field primarily in support of research, development and design at a technologist level.
Student AvailabilityConestoga College facilitates recruitment on an ongoing basis - there are no hard deadlines. Typical time frames for work terms are listed below.
Postings are accepted beginning four months before the start of a term until all students have secured employment provided the minimum 12 consecutive weeks of full-time work is met.
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Work Terms I - IV
- Demonstrate computer skills in Windows, Microsoft Office and AutoCAD
- Conduct simple troubleshooting and repairs of electrical equipment
- Apply soldering techniques and skills to projects
- Interpret schematic diagrams and construct related circuits for motor control applications
- Apply circuit measurement and analysis using both digital and analog meters
- Perform electrical assembly tasks
- Use standard test equipment to make accurate measurements
- Provide assistance to engineering teams on fundamental problems, extracting information from manuals and interpreting drawings and standards
- Perform Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/ QC) testing
- Assist with preventative maintenance
- Demonstrate troubleshooting skills for both AC and DC motors and controls
- Conduct maintenance on basic instrumentation systems
- Provide assistance to engineering teams for transformer testing
- Able to program various PLCs
Sample Job TitlesEnergy Technician, Electrical Technician, Maintenance, AutoCAD Operator, Electrical Energy Equipment Designer, Quality Assurance Assistant, Preventative Maintenance Assistant, Energy Auditor
Program CoursesTo see a typical course list for this program, see the current program course information.
Wage DataConestoga College collects data on hourly wages of co-operative education students. See the Schedule and Wage Data for details.
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Employer Relations Consultant
519-748-5220 ext. 3216