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Courses - September 2022

Level 1

Course Details

Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel
COMP1927

Description:

This course introduces students to the computer skills required for success in school and the workplace. Students will learn the basics of Microsoft Windows, Word, and Excel. Students will practice using Microsoft Office applications to create and modify educational and workplace documents.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description:

This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.

  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
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Introduction to AutoCAD
DRWG1355

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: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Photovoltaic Grid Design: Residential and Small Commercial
ERGY1000

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: 70
  • Credits: 4
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Energy Storage and Management
ERGY1010

Description:

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of energy conversion, different types of energy storage systems, basic energy calculations and the importance of energy management. Students will explore different types of energy storage technologies with a focus on lead acid and lithium ion batteries and will explain how to incorporate them into renewable energy systems. Students will learn about energy management as it applies to commercial and industrial buildings and will use energy software to create models, asses energy use and track energy savings. Students will analyze how energy storage technologies can provide energy management strategies, such as peak shaving and load curtailment. Students will gain a better understanding of the supply/demand relationship of energy.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Mathematics for Technical Applications
MATH1640

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
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Energy and Electricity Fundamentals
TECH1300

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: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Building Green
TECH1430

Description:

Students explore many facets of building green in the construction industry from a contractor’s or builder’s perspective. Renewable energy sources, different project delivery methods and assembling a building team will be reviewed to achieve a green building. The various ratings systems (LEED, Green Globes, BREEAM, Net Zero Energy, etc.) with emphasis on new construction is addressed. Building to reduce environmental impact on a construction site, save natural resources by using alternative building materials and recycle construction waste rather than landfills will be emphasized throughout this course.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 2

Course Details

Career Success
CDEV1830

Description:

This course focuses on the skills needed to conduct a successful job search. Students will explore the labour market and identify trends that may impact their future careers. They will develop skills for an effective job search including networking, self-marketing documents and tools as well as interview skills. Mock interviews will provide the opportunity for practice, feedback and reflection as students prepare for future interviews. Students will develop a personalized job search plan to support their future careers.

  • Hours: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Renewable Business Market: Current trends,policies and strategies
ERGY1020

Description:

The renewable energy sector is among the fastest growing industries around the world, and provides lots of opportunities for small business and entrepreneurship. In this course, students will explore current news, trends, and the policy cycle, and explain how they impact the renewable energy industry. Students will also learn the basics and strategies for success in the industry, both as an entrepreneur, and as a prospective employee of an established company.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Hydro, Wind, Fuel Cell and Biofuel Renewable Energy Concepts and Practices
ERGY1030

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: 28
  • Credits: 2
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Micro-Grid and Energy Storage
ERGY1040

Description:

Through a series of lecture and labs, this course will introduce the students to the design and installation concepts of microgrid systems, utilizing small scale wind and photovoltaic systems. Students will be introduced to site analysis for off-grid systems, electrical load calculations, battery calculations, PV and battery sizing and wind and generator integration and options.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Grounding and Installation
ERGY1050

Description:

Through a series of lectures and labs, this course will introduce the students to the requirements and best practices for installation of renewable energy electrical systems, and the grounding of those systems. Students will learn to compare the different installation methods, the requirements for correctly grounding and bonding, and how to perform ground resistivity measurement. Students will get hands-on experience with various installation methods and will practice performing the calculations and connections required to ensure adequate grounding and installation.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Renewable Thermal Technology
ERGY1060

Description:

This course will provide the students with the background knowledge and skills needed to provide rational for proposing and installing renewable thermal technologies. Students will learn to describe the key components of a variety of such systems including their basic function and configuration. Topics covered will include solar water heating, solar pool heating, solar air heating, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, types of solar collectors, system configurations, sloped roof installation methods, pipe selection and assembly, fluid types, pumps, thermal storage tank options, basic system controls, and air and ground source heat pumps.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Safety and Working at Heights
OHS1430

Description:

This course is designed to give students the knowledge and understanding of various safety-related topics pertinent to construction and industrial environments, including work around lifting operations and working at heights. 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: 56
  • Credits: 4
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Program outcomes

  1. Analyze technical problems through the application of the theoretical principles of renewable and clean energy systems and technologies.
  2. Analyze electrical and/or mechanical components, processes and systems through the application of renewable energy principles and practices to construct various types of energy systems.
  3. Interpret and prepare blue prints, drawings and other technical documents using industry-specific tools, practices and procedures.
  4. 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.
  5. Assemble sustainable energy systems and subsystems to meet job requirements, functional specifications and relevant standards.
  6. Adhere to all legislation, industry standards, codes and safe practices as they apply to renewable energy technology.
  7. Analyze techniques, approaches, materials and technologies used in creating greener buildings and communities.
  8. Use assessment tools to evaluate locations and select appropriate applications of sustainable energy technology.
  9. Appraise how conservation and sustainable living can improve human and environmental health.