Program Overview

Renewable Energies Technician (Co-op) is a two-year Ontario College Diploma where students will learn the fundamental knowledge of electrical, electronic and mechanical disciplines within this industry. This program will cover the design and installation of renewable energy solutions such as solar energy, wind turbines, biomass energy and geothermal energy systems. Graduates will leave with in-depth knowledge in installation, commissioning and routine maintenance of energy systems.

Program Details

Program Code
RET3S
Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
Delivery
Co-op
Day Time
Full-Time
Duration
60 weeks
Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
St. Thomas
Open
Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
St. Thomas
Open

Your Learning Experience

No doubt, renewable energy is no longer a trendy buzzword. In fact, it’s now at the heart of our power grid, lighting our homes and making sure the economy keeps moving forward. If you’re excited about the career potential available in this growing sector, and are looking to gain the skills necessary to begin, the Renewable Energies Technician program will open the door to limitless potential.

 

You’ll begin by building foundational knowledge in the electrical, electronic and mechanical disciplines and how they function in the Renewable Energies sector. As well, you’ll study the design and installation techniques required to work with various Renewable Energy solutions such as Solar Energy, Wind Turbines, Biomass Energy and Geothermal Energy Systems. You’ll also examine the best industry practices of health, safety and environmental conservation along with complete safety training for working at heights and confined spaces. Plus, you’ll be introduced to the general concepts associated with global climate change and the practicalities associated with sustainable energy including conservation techniques.

 

When you graduate, you’ll have an in-depth working knowledge of current practice in the installation, commissioning and routine maintenance and repair of Photovoltaic and Wind Turbine generating systems enabling them to function effectively in the utility scale Wind Turbine and Solar Photovoltaic industries.

Learn more about the programs and services of Fanshawe’s campus in St. Thomas.

 

Co-op Opportunities & Career Information

Co-op Opportunities

The Renewable Energies Technician program offers a cooperative education component, which provides students the opportunity to gain invaluable first-hand workplace experience within their chosen field. Here are some co-op jobs that have kick-started the careers of some Renewable Energies Technician students before even graduating! 

Metering/Engineering
Responsible for the installation, monitoring, and troubleshooting of Smart Meters.

Facility Maintenance Technicians
Assist with reducing facility downtime by performing duties such as programs, monitors, installs, and repairs to electrical, pneumatic, or mechanical components on a wide range of equipment.

Wind Turbine Service Technician
Responsible for the service and maintenance of wind turbines at a remote job site.

For more information regarding co-op, please check out our co-op site or contact the Co-op Office at coop@fanshawec.ca to connect with a consultant.

 

Career Information

There is currently a shortage of qualified workers to support the renewable energies sector. Due to the rapid growth of this relatively new sector, there has been an equally impressive growth in the demand for certified technicians to install and service the associated equipment. By 2030, the renewable energies sector is projected to account for 20 per cent of electricity production and the creation of 6.3 million jobs across North America. 

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Renewable Energies Technician program will be employed by owners of renewable energy projects such as wind and solar farms as well as third-party contractors to install and maintain equipment.  Other opportunities may exist in sales and marketing, project site assessment, energy consulting and regulatory functions. 

 

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Renewable Energies Technician (Co-op) program:

Solar Technician
Conduct preventative maintenance and repair in order to maintain a utility scale solar power plant in good working order.
Wind Turbine Technician
Perform wind turbine maintenance and/or installation.

Field Technician
Perform turbine maintenance, component installation and replacement as necessary.

Program Progression
Fall Winter Summer
Academic Level 1 Academic Level 2 Co-op
Academic Level 3 Academic Level 4 Co-op

 

"I love the program. It's fast-paced with a lot to learn, but the professors make it fun and interesting. With a 100% graduate placement and the great faculty at Fanshawe, I'm very confident that I will find a rewarding and lucrative career in the renewable sector."

Denis Fitch
Graduate 2015
 
Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Adhere to all precautions to be taken when working on or near electrical power sources, conductors, transformers, motors, rotating equipment, hoisting equipment, rooftops, high elevations and confined spaces and apply all applicable health and safety policies, laws, codes, regulations and industry standards.
  2. Install, operate, troubleshoot, repair and maintain renewable energy systems including Wind Turbine and Photovoltaic systems.
  3. Install, maintain, troubleshoot and contribute to the control of renewable energy systems through the application of basic electrical AC and DC current and analog and digital electronics theory; hydraulic and mechanical concepts; as well as, motor control and automation theory including sensors, data acquisition devices, and programmable controllers.
  4. Install, assemble, examine, test, replace, or repair electrical wiring, components, modules, feeders, fibre optic cables, mechanical assemblies, electric motors and controls, generators and hydraulic components associated with renewable energy systems.
  5. Analyze, diagnose, troubleshoot and repair renewable energy components, processes, and systems through the application of engineering principles and practices.
  6. Analyze, interpret and produce electrical, electronic and mechanical drawings and schematics and other technical documents associated with renewable energy systems to appropriate engineering standards.
  7. Interpret relevant data monitored by supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems related to renewable energy systems and take corrective measures as appropriate to achieve maximum energy production and power transmission efficiency.
  8. Identify, select and correctly install various types of Solar Photovoltaic mounting systems according to various roof styles or ground mount applications consistent with the load effects of the Photovoltaic arrays on the structures on which they are to be mounted. 9. Assess and evaluate buildings according to “Green Building” principles and building energy auditing techniques and make energy efficiency and conservation recommendations outlining how conservation and sustainable living benefits human and environmental health.
  9. Select, size, design, site and compute energy production calculations as part of the evaluation, installation and commissioning of energy generation systems by applying knowledge of electrical, mechanical, and control systems in accordance with accepted practices outlined by utilities, building codes, federal and provincial regulations.
  10. Access and adhere to all legislation, industry standards and codes as they apply to renewable energy technology including MicroGrid and FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) Regulations.
  11. Work as a productive member of a team in the research, design and implementation of renewable energy projects with the ability to communicate effectively through written, oral and graphic communication.

 

Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Bob Campbell, B.E.S., B.Ed, OCT

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Mathematics* ONE OF:
      - Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
      - Any Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
OR
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
OR
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
OR
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
-  Mathematics* ONE OF:
       - Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
       - Any Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
OR
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above

Note:
  • *Applicants who lack the required Mathematics course may be admitted to the program subject to appropriate prior upgrading.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)  
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
  • It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.
Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

Increased physical fitness levels
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Note:
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Renewable Energies Technician program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Renewable Energies Technician program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Renewable Energies Technician program.

Courses

Level 1
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ELEC-1145Electrical Theory6
This course explores the principles of Electricity and Electronics as applied to Renewable Energy technologies. This course will present an in-depth introduction into the use of various tools and test equipment found in the Renewable Energy field including their proper use. Safe working practices are emphasized throughout. The course will provide the foundational knowledge related to wind energy and solar photovoltaic power generation. The course involves an in-depth coverage of AC and DC circuit theory including common sources of conventional power generation techniques contrasted with current methods of power generation using wind turbine and photovoltaic system technologies and their supporting systems. Additionally, there will be an introduction to semiconductor devices and basic digital electronics. The semiconductor devices are applied to analog circuitry including power supplies, transistor switching and amplifier circuits.
ELEC-1137Applied Electrical Techniques2
This course covers the proper use of test equipment as applied to A/C and D/C circuits with an emphasis on capacitive, inductive, magnetic, electromagnet, semiconductor and digital circuits. Emphasis is also placed on the basics of electrical measurement and interpretation as applied to power generation with acceptable procedures explained and practiced. Students will become proficient in the interpretation and construction of common electrical and electronic circuits. Practical lab exercises will develop hands-on troubleshooting skills. The student is also introduced to proper mechanical and electrical component interconnections, common wire types and their uses and the ability to solder them to a high standard of reliability.
MATH-1213Mathematics for Electronics 12
This course is the first of two courses that teach students the fundamental concepts of mathematics required to understand the theory of electricity and electronics.
SFTY-1047Renewable Energy Safety3
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will acquire skills utilizing the methods and procedures to safely work in the wind power and solar photovoltaic power generation industries. Students will gain awareness of the mechanical and electrical hazards commonly associated with a renewable energy installation. Students will receive training in the appropriate use of fall arrest equipment and arc flash and arc blast personal protective equipment; Lock-Out Tag-Out procedures; WHIMIS fundamentals; and to safely work in confined spaces. Students will also learn appropriate communication with team members while moving and hoisting equipment through hand signals and basic radio communication. The causes and results of workplace accidents and injuries including common adjunct activities such as safe driving will be reviewed.
SFTY-1069Safe Work Practices1
This course introduces the student to the accepted techniques commonly used to eliminate and/or control hazards related to potential injury/illness in the renewable energy industry. Specifically, this course will begin the process of creating a "safety culture" that will prepare the student to work safely with electricity and outline the procedures for safe climbing methods and working at heights. Students will gain awareness of and practice various electrical safety protocols including protection from Arc Flash and Arc Blast, as well as, Lock Out/Tag Out procedures and Fire Safety and containment. Students will perform equipment maintenance on climbing and fall-arrest gear; cover the proper use of various PPE and other safety related gear when working on Renewable Energy generation systems and be provided with basic training in the use of lift equipment. Students will become proficient in the application of the Occupational Health & Safety Act & the associated regulations.
DEVL-1054Skills for Career Success2
This course will cover topics in digital literacy, career management and workplace communication.
COOP-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.
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Tuition Summary

St. Thomas

Canadian Costs
$7,296.08
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$31,367.72
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.

 

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