Prepare for the jobs of the future by becoming a renewable energy technician - 2020/2021
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.
Become a renewable energy technician
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.
What we'll cover
- wind turbine training
- wind turbine certification
- geothermal energy courses
- wind turbine programs
- geothermal energy training
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.
"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."
Admission Requirements - 2020/2021OSSD 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)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
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)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above
- *Applicants who lack the required Mathematics course may be admitted to the program subject to appropriate prior upgrading.
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
- 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 PreparationIncreased physical fitness levels
Applicant Selection CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- 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)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
- 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.
Renewable Energies Technician (Co-op)-2020/2021
Level 1 ELEC-1145 Electrical Theory 6 This course explores the principles of Industrial Electricity and Electronics as applied to Renewable Energy technologies. This course will also present an in-depth introduction to the various shop tools and test equipment found in the Renewable Energy field and their proper use. Safe working practices are emphasized throughout. The course also provides the foundational knowledge related to wind energy and solar photovoltaic power generation. The course serves as an in depth introduction to 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. Additional topics review semiconductor devices and basic digital electronics. The semiconductor devices are applied to analog circuitry including power supplies, transistor switching and amplifier circuits. Lastly, the distribution of that power through a local transmission system to a substation, where a customer will purchase the generated power is reviewed. ELEC-1137 Applied Electrical Techniques 2 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-1213 Mathematics for Electronics 1 2 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-1047 Renewable Energy Safety 3 Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to apply the methods and procedures utilized to safely work in the wind power and solar photovoltaic power generation industries. Students will also become fully aware 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. Students will also become familiar with lock-out-tag-out procedures, WHIMIS fundamentals and the procedures to follow in order to safely work in confined spaces. Students will also learn appropriate communication with team members while moving and hoisting equipment, by using hand signals properly and uniformly as well as radio communication equipment The causes and results of workplace accidents and injuries including common adjunct activities such as safe driving will be reviewed. The student will also be able to describe the methods and procedures for the safe use of hand and power tools and common on-site communication systems according to industry standards of practice.. SFTY-1069 Safe Work Practices 1 This course introduces the accepted techniques in common usage to permit the student to apply the proper methods and procedures to eliminate and control hazards related to potential injury/illness in the renewable energy industry. Specifically, this course will prepare the student to work safely with electricity and instill procedures for safe climbing methods and working at heights. Students will be made aware 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, be able to properly wear required PPE and other safety related gear when working on Renewable Energy generation systems. Students will become proficient in the application of the Occupational Health & Safety Act & the associated regulations. SFTY-1054 Safe Work Practices 1.5 This course introduces the accepted techniques in common usage to permit the student to apply the proper methods and procedures to eliminate and control hazards related to potential injury/illness in the renewable energy industry. Specifically, this course will prepare the student to work safely with electricity and instill procedures for safe climbing methods and working at heights. Students will be made aware 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, be able to properly wear required PPE and other safety related gear when working on Renewable Energy generation systems. Students will become proficient in the application of the Occupational Health & Safety Act & the associated regulations. DEVL-1054 Skills for Career Success 2 This course will cover topics in digital literacy, career management and workplace communication. COOP-1020 Co-operative Education Employment Prep 1 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. Level 2 MATH-3090 Mathematics for Electronics 2 2 This course is the second of two courses that teach students the fundamental concepts of mathematics required to understand the theory of electricity and electronics. ELEC-3060 Renewable Energy Wiring Practices 3 Students will study electrical wiring diagrams and design basic electrical distribution systems. Students will continue to expand on their knowledge and skills learned in Renewable Energy Electricity to encompass proper and safe tool usage, and electrical circuit design, testing and troubleshooting. Whereas electrical installers and maintainers are responsible for adherence to the Canadian Electrical Code in order mitigate electrical fire and shock hazards, excellent Code knowledge is a prerequisite to the correct installation and layout of equipment and wiring to specification. This course will cover accurate interpretations and applications of said Electrical Code as applied to wiring systems, grounding and bonding, protection and control, motors, lines and substations, explosion proof areas, and emergency systems. The main objective is to enhance the students knowledge of Section 64 of the Canadian Electrical Code related to renewable energy equipment. The course concludes with coverage of modern electrical distribution systems metering methods used by utilities, electrical energy consumption by type of loads and their effects on distribution frequency and voltage together with a review of circuit protection devices. ELEC-3061 Practical Wiring Techniques 1.5 This course will provide students with practical wiring exercises involving installation, wiring, and troubleshooting of electrical devices and equipment used in, but not specific to, wind turbine and solar photovoltaic control systems. Related topics include safety, mechanical design, component installation, mounting configurations, system start-up, and system maintenance. Students will complete wiring projects which will develop their workmanship and familiarity with the Canadian Electrical Code as it applies to industrial electrical installations. Projects will focus on electrical power distribution techniques as well as some control system wiring incorporating components such as relays, control transformers, motors, starters and electronic devices. They will also identify and demonstrate raceway installations and their associated wiring methods. MECH-1116 Wind Turbine Systems 5 In this course students learn fundamental concepts of hydraulics and mechanical systems and their supporting role in wind turbine operation including the physics of energy, work and power as well as lubrication and bearing technology. This course will introduce students to the basic structure and application of hydraulics including how to read hydraulic schematics and troubleshoot basic hydraulic components and systems. Included will be the theory of hydraulics, types of fluids, filtration, conductors and seals, reservoirs, hydraulic actuators, control valves and pumps. Trainees will possess the ability to read engineering prints and be able to interpret hydraulic schematic symbols. The course will also serve as an introduction to the fundamentals of mechanical power. It emphasizes learning the different mechanical components from nuts and bolts to gears, gear boxes, shafts and bearings. It demonstrates the importance of lubrication in maintaining gears and other movable parts. Basic alignment and mechanical physics are taught. Also included will be coverage of correct use of hand and power tools, standard mechanical work practices, fastener selection and application, bearing types and lubrication techniques as well as mechanical troubleshooting techniques. Power transmission theory and practice as applied to the repair and maintenance of industrial machinery will also be covered. Included topics are gear and gear drive components, equipment alignment and preventive maintenance. MECH-3044 Practical Hydraulics 2 This course builds on the information taught in Wind Turbine Systems. This course is designed to provide the student with the fundamental skills required to repair and maintain mechanical and hydraulic systems associated with Wind Turbines. This course will also provide the student the opportunity to properly use the various shop tools found in the Renewable Energy field and their proper use. Disassembling and reassembling various hydraulic and mechanical components will also be covered. The student will fully understand the operation, troubleshooting and maintenance of hydraulic systems. The reading and interpretation of schematic drawings will form a large part of the above understanding. All theoretical concepts covered in "Wind Turbine Systems" is reinforced by practical lab work. BUSI-1103 Introduction to Small Business Concepts 3 This introductory course will examine some of the theoretical concepts and practical experiences necessary for effectively running a small business. A wide variety of topics such as the social and ethical responsibility of a contemporary business, the importance of human resource and financial resource management, and the current trends in Canadian business will be studied. ENVR-5014 Alternative Energy Generation Methods 3 This course will specialize in Alternative Energy technologies other than the mainstream Wind Turbine and Solar Photovoltaic sectors. The emphasis shall be on Biogas (Methane) production through the use of agricultural waste by-products for use as a suitable turbine prime mover fuel as well as Solar Thermal applications to directly convert solar energy into usable heat and/or hot water for residential and commercial applications. Part 1 Biogas : Students will examine the principles and practices of gaseous biofuel production and usage for heating, power generation and transportation. The opportunities and challenges of biogas will be discussed in regards to environmental impacts, quality, cost, and performance issues. The overall goal is to give students a substantial working knowledge of biogas production technologies. In relation to this, students will learn to assess advantages, problems and principles in biogas production. They will obtain an understanding of how to use different biological materials as an energy source and organisms as a means, of how to produce biogas and of how the individual components (biologically, technologically and economically) interact. Studenst will have the opportunity to participate in the production of a small scale biogas batch using a state of the art pilot Biogas plant. Part 2 Solar Thermal: The Solar Thermal component of the course prepares students to assist in the design and installation of solar thermal systems in residential or commercial settings. Participants will also become conversant with the troubleshooting and maintenance of solar domestic and commercial hot water systems. The approach is a fundamental one with the course exploring solar thermal uses and applications as well as the practical aspects noted above. This course will address industry terminology, safety issues, and solar thermal systems design and installation procedures. Passive solar water heaters, drainback systems, antifreeze systems, and photovoltaic powered systems are all addressed, as well as an introduction to pool and space heating system Level 3 ENGR-5010 Photovoltaic Systems 5 This course covers the comprehensive knowledge required to site, design and install photovoltaic(PV) systems. The course includes assessment techniques for sizing systems for bothgrid-connected and off-grid PV systems.Coverage will include the analysis of the solar resource, the problems associated with shading and what is the best orientation and tilt for PVarrays. Further discussion will continue surrounding the sizing, configuration and design of systems to serve a given electrical load.An emphasis will be placed on system specifications, mounting styles and equipment selection including parts lists, electrical and mechanical design, schematics and related documentation. ENGR-5011 Applied Photovoltaic Techniques 1.5 In this course students will become familiar with popular roof styles and the mitigation of roofing systems after penetration by Photovoltaic mounting hardware.A review of safety practices for installers and Electrical Code applications along with the attributes of various mounting systems for PVarrays and how they affect roofs will also becovered.Students will have the opportunity to actually install a PV system utilizing correct mounting components for the system application. Students will be able to undertake all aspects ofthe activities associated with photovoltaic system maintenance and troubleshooting.. Also included will be the applications of solar systems, the market for solar energy including efficiency,costs, and conservation. ENVR-5015 Energy Efficiency & Sustainability 4 This course represents a survey of specialized Alternative Energy technologies; Biomass, Thermal Solar, Fuel Cell Technology, Small Hydroelectric, Geothermal and Ocean based energy. Students will learn about a variety of present and possible future alternative renewable energy sources, how these technologies work and how they can be used. Students will examine in depth the principles and practices of solid, liquid and gaseous biofuel production and usage for heating, power generation and transportation. The opportunities and challenges of biofuels will be discussed in regards to environmental impacts, quality, cost, and performance issues. Energy Conservation will give the students a background on Energy and its use in modern day society. It will include discussion on the basic principles and facts of Energy, how we measure energy, the history and future of Energy and how we can best meet our Energy needs in the most efficient and sustainable manner. Students will learn why energy conservation is the first line of defense in developing a renewable energy strategy and how it drives the present move to green construction. The course will provide an introduction to energy evaluation principles and techniques, used in Canada and the U.S. Students will also explore the environmental and economic issues inherent within the Wind and Photovoltaic industries from a global perspective including an analysis of the future of both sectors. Upon completion students will be in a position to assess the energy performance of new and existing buildings and recommend ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness of systems related to energy use in order to improve cost factors and reduce the production of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and harm the environment. Students will also be introduced to concepts related to Project Management through a group project related to Renewable Energy involving the research, presentation and implementation of an Alternative Energy project. Students will cover ELNC-3036 Motor Controls & Automation Theory 5 This course takes a comprehensive look at various control devices found in modern control systems as well as industrial sensors and transducers.Students will interpret wiring and ladder diagrams, be introduced to NEMA symbols as well as be able to demonstrate the operation of common control devices.Electric motors, motor controls and their protection devices are studied. Advantages and disadvantages of the various types of motors and their control devices are surveyed. All motor control circuits studied are duplicated by the student in the practical lab sections of the course.The course also introduces electronic control theory. Processes to be controlled and types of systems & methods available to perform control functions are examined. Applications of semiconductor & digital circuits to automation systems are explored. The course also surveys the electronic control of AC motors in industrial situations requiring variable frequency drives. Additional advanced motor control concepts such as time delay circuitry and system feedback are covered. ELNC-3037 Applied Motor Controls 2 The course represents the practical component of motor controls and automated systems. In this phase of the program of study the student builds simulated motor control circuits as well as automated control systems. Numerous troubleshooting assignments form a large part of the course. Electrical Safety will be stressed. The course concludes with the coverage of feedback control systems, servo systems and networking principles and protocols as applied to renewable energy systems. CADD-1039 Computer Aided Design for MIM 2 This course is designed to introduce the student to two and three dimensional CAD (Computer Aided Design) using Solidworks 2014 software. Topics will include: set up of user interface, file management, creating and editing two dimensional sketch geometry, creating solid models, analyzing and editing geometry and creating engineering drawings. Level 4 CNTL-3012 Programmable Logic Controllers Theory 3 An introductory course in Programmable Logic Controllers designed to provide the underlying knowledge and skills required to comprehend, program and troubleshoot PLC control systems as applied to Renewable Energy systems.PLC theory is studied as well as programming techniques in ladder logic. Numerous practical problems are assigned. Troubleshooting techniques are emphasized. Control diagrams, programming languages and control circuits will be incorporated. The course also details what is available in PLC control; PLC operation; where and why PLCs are used, common applications and interfacing of equipment. The course takes a fundamental approach to the use of the RSLogix programming platform. It begins with an overview of the architecture and migrates to an introduction of RSLogix5000, the selected programming environment for this course. Students will receive a basic understanding of the structure of a PLC program including an introductory look at Program Files and Data Files. Also included is a section on RSLinx, which will facilitate the students going online and downloading to a PLC processor. CNTL-3013 PLC Applications 1.5 This course permits the student to apply the knowledge acquired in the PLC Theory course. Students will be able to design, program, debug and implement a wide variety of PLC programs with applications that include PanelVue displays.Upon completion, students will be able to interpret control diagrams and efficiently translate them into working PLC programs utilizing the Ladder Logic programming language. MTNC-5008 Wind Turbine Maintenance 5 This course represents an immersion in the practices of the Wind Turbine industry regarding planning, site preparation, foundation installation, tower construction, nacelle installation, blade installation and commissioning of wind turbines. Discussion includes construction techniques Involving cranes, rigging, hoisting and mechanical alignment procedures including laser alignment. Also included will be a discussion of cabling, ladder systems, man lift systems, cooling systems, platform installations and emergency descent systems. This course also exposes the student to the various mechanical components used to control turbine operation. These include a comprehensive survey of the current technologies and systems to effect YAW control, pitch control, braking systems, emergency egress equipment and their supporting systems. Also included will be coverage of correct use of hand and power tools, standard mechanical work practices, fastener selection and application, bearing types and lubrication techniques as well as mechanical troubleshooting techniques. Students will also learn appropriate communication with team members while moving and hoisting equipment, by using hand signals properly and uniformly as well as radio communication equipment. The overall objective is to familiarize the student with the correct operation, on going maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of wind turbine electro-mechanical systems and their supporting structures. Additional coverage as time permits will be devoted to topics in Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems as they apply to the wind energy industry. MTNC-5006 Wind Turbine Maintenance Techniques 2.5 Wind turbine mechanical and electrical theory is put into practice through the units of this course. Units are primarily laboratory based activities requiring trainees to demonstrate mastery of concepts related to wind turbine maintenance. Further mechanical topics centre around lubrication, torqueing tools and techniques, jacking, stretching tools, pullers, leverage techniques, helical, herringbone and planetary gear sets, shafts, coupling types, power transmission systems, clutches, brakes, slings,spreader bars, lifting techniques, vibration analysis and predictive failure analysis using a variety of modern techniques.The course will include coverage of the skill sets necessary to perform inspections and repairs on avariety of blade materials and rotors used on modern wind turbine systems.Common turbine technician tasks are practiced from start to finish with work based on actual service manuals, inspections, disassembly and assembly of components, performance of routine maintenance tasks, and collection of documentation and submission of service reports. Mastery of skill competencies will be measured by instructors and proctors of the practical skill assessments. ENVR-5017 Alternative Energy Generation Methods 2 3 This course will be a continuation of the study of alternative energy technologies and methods on the fringe and far less ubiquitous than large scale wind and solar photovoltaic power generation. Topics that will be addressed will include geothermal energy, produced from the heat of the earth; hydrogen fuel cell technology; tidal and wave action power production, as well as, crucial aspects of energy storage innovations taking place that are necessary for the future of renewable energy power generation.
Careers - 2020/2021
Career OpportunitiesThere is currently a shortage of qualified workers to support the Renewable Energies sector. Due to the rapid growth enjoyed by this relatively new sector, there has been an equally impressive growth in demand for skilled and certified technicians to install and service the associated equipment. The production of electrical energy produced by the Renewable Energies sector is projected to increase to account for 20 percent of North American electricity production and the creation of 6.3 million jobs in North America by 2030.
Graduates will be employed by owners of Renewable Energy projects such as Wind and Solar farms as well as third party contractors/manufacturers/providers and as installers and maintainers of said projects. Other opportunities may exist in sales and marketing, project site assessment, energy consulting and regulatory functions.
More Information - 2020/2021A Co-operative Education Program
A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
Program Code: RET3S
Campus Code: ST (ST - St.Thomas)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactSt. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus: 519-633-2030
Program DescriptionThe production of energy using renewable natural resources such as wind, sunlight, biomass, geothermal heat, etc., has gained global acceptance in recent years. The Renewable Energies Technician program represents a response to the increasing need for quality training in the Renewable Energies sector.
The Renewable Energies Technician program will be focused on the primary practical applications of Renewable Energy. The program will appeal to individuals seeking formal training to enable them to enter the Renewable Energies field as employees or entrepreneurs.
The program shall firstly deliver the foundational knowledge in the relevant electrical, electronic and mechanical disciplines that are required to function practically in the Renewable Energies sector.
Whereas a number of Renewable Energy solutions and applications are emerging in our current environment, the program will address more than one renewable energy technology by design. The program will give the student a solid foundation in the science as well as the design and installation techniques required to work with various Renewable Energy solutions. Included components will be Solar Energy, Wind Turbines, Biomass Energy and Geothermal Energy Systems. The best industry practices of health, safety and environmental conservation will play an integral role in all of the courses delivered within the program including complete safety training for working at heights and confined spaces.
The program will also introduce the general concepts associated with global climate change and the practicalities associated with sustainable energy including conservation techniques.
By completion of the program, students will have gained experience and knowledge enabling them to perform site assessments for Wind and Photovoltaic Energy projects with the ability to integrate same with current existing energy sources. Graduates will 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.
Although not the only possible employment outcome, one of the primary and likely employment outcomes for graduates of this program will be in the utility grade Wind Turbine and Photovoltaic industries. As such, the program is aligned with the requirements of industry employers who are seeking the following skills, characteristics and capabilities required for hire:
- Satisfactory performance during a climb test which could exceed 100 meters
- The willingness to work at all hours of the day or night in various locations on an emergency basis with possible long overtime hours
- The possession of a driver's licence absent of serious driving infractions such as impaired or careless driving
- The ability to regularly lift and carry 50 pounds
- Wind Turbine and Photovoltaic Technicians must use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while climbing that is rated for a maximum of 310 pounds. Carrying 50 pounds of equipment is routine, therefore Technicians generally cannot weigh more than 260 pounds so as not to exceed these ratings
- Ability and willingness to work in an outdoor environment in adverse and extreme weather conditions as well as in confined spaces
- Possess visual acuity which includes depth perception, field of vision and the ability to distinguish between colours
In order to be eligible for co-op, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and be academically complete at the commencement of their co-op work term.
This is a two-year Co-operative Education program. Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma. More information about co-operative education can be found at www.fanshawec.ca/co-op.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- 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.
- Install, operate, troubleshoot, repair and maintain renewable energy systems including Wind Turbine and Photovoltaic systems.
- 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.
- 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.
- Analyze, diagnose, troubleshoot and repair renewable energy components, processes, and systems through the application of engineering principles and practices.
- Analyze, interpret and produce electrical, electronic and mechanical drawings and schematics and other technical documents associated with renewable energy systems to appropriate engineering standards.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.