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Energy Systems Engineering Technology

Are you passionate about the environment? Enthusiastic about clean energy? Do you want to help lead the charge to a greener future?

Governments, businesses, and private citizens are becoming more aware of the financial and environmental costs of energy usage. As an energy systems engineering technician, you will fill the growing need for experts in alternative and sustainable energy management, and will play a direct role in helping others save money—and the planet—by using less energy or switching to renewables.

This program will prepare you for a career as a renewable technology installer and an energy auditor, who helps new construction make greener choices or existing buildings become more efficient.

You’ll explore how energy is produced, stored, distributed and used, as well as green building principles for insulation, heating and cooling, electrical, and more.

You will get hands-on experience in system design and installation of renewable energy technologies, including solar photovoltaic and solar thermal units. You will also be exposed to both wind turbines and hydro-electric generation systems.

Your training ground will be the Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST), one of only a few facilities in North America to score 100% on the Green Globes Energy Analysis. The building incorporates innovative controls and efficient systems, as well as solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, and geothermal technologies, and was uniquely designed to give students access to all the building systems.

This program is challenging physically—there is lots of outdoors work—and mentally—you need a strong aptitude in math and physics—but offers plenty of work opportunities upon graduation. You can also apply for a five-year equivalency toward your Certified Energy Manager designation with the Association of Engineers by taking an additional week of training and writing an exam to become an Energy Manager in Training (EMIT).

When you graduate, you will also be eligible to take the Entry Level Exam in both Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Solar Thermal, offered by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).  You can also consider furthering your education by pursuing your Bachelor of Applied Management degree.

Are you ready for an exciting career that makes a real difference to the world we live in? Call us for more information, or apply today.

This is a US Federal Aid Approved program.

Program Facts

Start: September
Length: 2 years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Energy Systems Engineering Technician
Minimum passing grade per course:

Graduates of this program will have the prerequisites to qualify for the certification processes of the Energy Manager in Training (EMIT) designation and subsequent Certified Energy Manager (CEM) designation through the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

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Admission Requirements

  • Academic Grade 12
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

Note: Preference will be given to applicants with academic Grade 12 math and Grade 11 or 12 physics.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Design, sales, technical support or installation for energy equipment manufacturers, dealers or installers
  • Energy management companies
  • Engineering and architectural firms
  • General contractors
  • Energy site developers
  • Energy intensive industries
  • Municipalities
  • Real estate developers

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 2232, NOC 6221.


Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

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Degree Pathways

This program has degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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