Energy Systems Engineering Programs in Canada Combine Engineering and Construction

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Energy Systems Engineering Programs in Canada Combine Engineering and Construction Photo by Jason White

There is currently a major shift happening in the world of construction and those who have attended energy systems engineering programs are at the forefront. That's because as society becomes more concerned about the environment, the utility industry in particular is including new operating practices to heat and air condition homes and businesses that include: solar, wind, hydro, fuel cells, gas turbines and biomass to feed electricity. Additionally, when building our cities, the construction industry is engaging a host of new green initiatives. The challenge and opportunity to learn to integrate and use modern sustainable energy technologies falls in the hands of energy systems technicians.

As such, these energy systems technicians: implement energy solutions for commercial and residential buildings using knowledge of energy systems, energy efficiency and renewable/distributed energy systems; operate power plants of various sizes; design and maintain heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration units; work with architectural companies to integrate energy technologies into the latest green buildings.

Additionally, energy systems technicians apply knowledge of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, computational fluid dynamics and mechanics to industries such as moulding and casting, integrated circuit packaging, heat exchanger/ boiler design and manufacture and petrochemical processing.

Centennial College's energy systems engineering program, officially known as Energy Systems Engineering Technician, focuses on power plants, renewable energy, wind turbines, power generation, wind turbines, biomass, and more. As such, students obtain fundamental skills to understand energy and its uses in modern society. This is achieved through a challenging but rewarding combination of technical, managerial and entrepreneurial skills that are highly sought after in modern energy and sustainable building companies. Among the specific courses covered within this energy systems engineering program are: Energy Systems Engineering Technician courses such as Electric Circuits, Physics, Computer Aided Drafting, Fabrication and Installation, Applied Statics, Electronic Devices, Technology Mathematics, and more. Additionally, to ensure that students are obtaining real life practice, practical labs, applied research and development projects supplement classroom lessons in this energy systems technician program.

Graduates of this two-year energy systems engineering program, which results in an Ontario College Diploma, who wish to continue their education have the option to enter year three of the Energy Systems Engineering Technology program.

Applicants to this energy systems engineering program are required to possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. They must also have the credits for compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and Math 11M or U, or 12C or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent.

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Emma focuses on the emerging field of energy systems technicians in Canada who are employed in mechanical, electrical, electronic and automation engineering fields.

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