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Energy Systems Engineering Technology

Start Date: September

Location: Prince of Wales Campus

Length: 2 Years

Credential: Diploma, Energy Systems Engineering Technician

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants: Open

International Applicants with a Valid Study Permit: Open

Other International Applicants: Closed

Train to be a renewable technology installer and an energy auditor. Explore how energy is produced, stored, distributed and used, and learn green building principles for insulation, heating and cooling, electrical, and more. Courses in residential and commercial energy auditing, building science, solar photovoltaic, and bioenergy systems ensure you have the theoretical and practical knowledge you’ll need in the field.

You will study and monitor the solar, geothermal and building automation systems in Holland College’s CAST building.

This program offers multiple pathways to industry-affiliated certifications. In addition to plenty of work opportunities, graduates can apply for a five-year equivalency toward their 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 PV Installer Specialist entry-level exam to become certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Are you ready for an exciting career that makes a real difference? Apply today!

This program is located in the Centre for Applied Science and Technology Take a virtual tour here.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Work safely and in accordance with applicable acts, regulations, legislation, and codes to ensure personal and public safety.
  2. Apply critical thinking strategies to solve problems relating to energy production, and energy saving measures and opportunities, in residential, commercial, and industrial settings by applying principles of technical mathematics, electricity and electronic controls, building design, and building science. 
  3. Collect and analyze site-specific data for energy audits and renewable resource assessments. 
  4. Plan, install, and configure solar energy installations.
  5. Read and interpret specifications, blueprints, and drawings, including architectural, structural, electrical and mechanical drawings.
  6. Prepare technical reports and documentation relating to energy efficiency measures and renewable energy opportunities, as well as their overall feasibility.
  7. Communicate and work effectively with supervisors, coworkers, tradespersons, and customers.
  8. Use technology to source information and specifications, produce drawings, and to model energy consumption and energy saving opportunities.
  9. Identify strategies for ongoing personal and professional development, that will lead to enhanced work performance and career opportunities, and to keep pace with industry changes.


This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.

Partner Institution Credential Details of Agreement
University of New Brunswick - Saint John, Saint John, N.B. Bachelor of Applied Management Graduates with a 70% average receive two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Applied Management degree.
  • Grade 12 academic
  • 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


2024/2025 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

Fees are Course Based

1st Year



Tuition $ 5,679 $ 11,679
Fees $ 1,048 $ 1,798
Other Costs $ 1,125 $1,125
Total $ 7,852 $ 14,602

2nd Year



Tuition $ 4,424 $ 9,524
Fees $ 1,153 $ 1,903
Other Costs $700 $700
Total $ 6,277 $ 12,127

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition $ 5,679 $ 4,424
Lab Fee $200 $325
Student Union $178 $178
Health Insurance Fee $470 $470
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
First Aid/WHMIS $120
Graduation Fee $100
     Total payable to Holland College $6,727 $ 5,577
1st installment due first day of first semester $ 3,931 $ 4,052
2nd installment due first day of second semester $ 2,796 $ 1,525

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $825 $700
Personal Protective Equipment $300
     Total $1,125 $700
Grand Total $7,852 $6,277


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition* $ 11,679 $ 9,524
Lab Fee $200 $325
Student Union $178 $178
Health Insurance Fee $ 1,220 $ 1,220
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
First Aid/WHMIS $120
Graduation Fee $100
     Total payable to Holland College $13,477 $11,427
1st installment due first day of first semester $ 10,681 $ 9,902
2nd installment due first day of second semester $ 2,796 $ 1,525

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $825 $700
Personal Protective Equipment $300
     Total $1,125 $700
Grand Total $14,602 $12,127

*Includes the International Student Fee.

  • 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


Many Holland College programs have degree pathway agreements with other post-secondary institutions. You can receive credit for your Holland College diploma toward a university degree or other post-graduate credential, saving you time and money! Find out more on the Degree Pathways page.

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:BLPR-1000

Blueprint Reading and Sketching I

This course introduces students to blueprint reading and sketching. Reading of construction and engineering drawings is a core skill for technicians in the energy systems sector. Students work with various types of technical drawings and specification packages. Students estimate materials from drawing packages and are able to create simple sketches using standard drawing implements.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:BLPR-1005

Blueprint Reading and Sketching II

Course Description: Building on the skills acquired in Blueprint Reading and Sketching I, students develop a deeper understanding of construction and engineering drawings as they apply to technicians in the energy systems sector. Students continue to work with various types of technical drawings and specification packages, as they are introduced to Computer Aided Design software for the purpose of both reading and creating simple drawings.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:BUSI-1113

Introduction to Project Management

A study of project management techniques and tools. Students write a project statement, develop the work breakdown structure, sequence tasks, assign resources, and apply scheduling techniques to manage a small renewable energy project. The use of project management software to produce Gantt charts and network diagrams is explored.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:COMM-1000

Technical Communications

An introduction to learning the written and oral communication of technical information. Students research, assemble and present technical information while analysing optimum mediums for industry-specific communication.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:COMP-1000

Computer Essentials

Students learn productivity software and explore digital environments with practical applications for various workplaces and educational institutions. The main areas of focus include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, email and other electronic communication tools, various digital environments, and industry-specific applications.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ELEC-1000

Electrical Fundamentals

This course introduces the learner to the basic principles required to solve alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) circuits. The relationships among voltage, impedance, and current are analyzed and reinforced with theory and practical lab activities.

Credit Value:5

Course Code:ELEC-1010

Electrical Equipment

This course is designed to introduce learners to the electrical equipment used in energy systems. Students become familiar with lighting concepts, electrical generation and distribution equipment, and AC/DC machines, with attention paid to monitoring, testing and maintenance of equipment and systems.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:ELEC-2005

Electrical Distribution and Energy Storage

This course is designed to give students an understanding of modern electrical distribution and storage systems. Students explore how renewable energy sources are connected to the utility to grid as well as in an off-grid application. Batteries and energy storage systems are also examined. Metering methods and the technologies used by utilities to track electrical energy generation and demands are explored. Distribution architectures are compared and contrasted, as well as switching configurations used in the energy sector.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:ELEC-2010

Automation and Controls

In this course students learn the importance of automation in relation to energy conservation as well as energy creation. A basic knowledge in various controllers is developed to further the foundation of automation controls of the Energy Systems Engineering Technician.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:ENER-1001

Building Science

This course introduces students to building science. Energy efficiency programs, the building envelope, and air sealing and insulation are examined in detail. The building envelope is further broken down into windows, foundations, walls & floors as well as attics & roofs. Specific emphasis is placed on what makes a building green and how facilities can be designed green from the start, as well as some mitigating strategies for retrofit applications.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:ENER-1005

Renewable Energy Installation and Construction Safety

Students gain exposure to and hands on experience with renewable energy installations while learning construction safety best practices that will help to protect themselves and others from injury on the worksite. Areas of focus include; provincial legislation regarding workplace health and safety, personal protective equipment, tool safety, enviromental protection, types of fires and extinguishers, proper use of ladders and scaffolding, fall arrest awareness. Students are also expected to complete a practical safety component.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:ENER-1020

HVAC and Mechanical Systems

This course is designed to introduce students to HVAC and mechanical systems that may be found within a residential sized facility. Students learn the types of HVAC systems and their best applications. As well, students are able to make detailed recommendations for improvement based on an energy and financial analysis.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:ENER-1031

Energy Auditing Fundamentals

This course introduces students to the field of energy auditing, and the role of an Energy Assessment Specialist. Federal and provincial legislation, policies, and programs as well as industry standards are considered as students follow an audit process. Students learn to model residence size facilities in computer simulation software to identify the optimal energy conservation improvements. Finally, students are expected to convey all relevant information in a technical report, as well as orally.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:ENER-2012

Renewable Energy Design and Implementation

This course introduces renewable energy design principles with an emphasis on Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems. Factors affecting performance and different types of systems are examined including operating characteristics and proper sizing of systems based on a site analysis. Students adapt a mechanical & electrical design and implement a solar energy system. Troubleshooting and system maintenance are also covered.

Credit Value:5

Course Code:ENER-2015

Emerging Renewable Energy Technologies

In this research based course, students explore emerging trends in renewable energy technologies. Students prepare a technical report, and prepare a professional presentation on a new or emerging renewable energy technology.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:ENER-2020

Industrial Energy Systems

This course is designed to introduce students to equipment associated within industrial sized facilities such as steam systems, air compressors and commercial scale heating and cooling equipment. Students are exposed to a wide range of equipment both in the classroom and in the field to allow a smooth transition to the field of commercial energy auditing.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ENER-2025

Bioenergy Systems

This course introduces students to the bioenergy sector including biomass, biogas and biofuel. Biomass source processes and final products are reviewed to give students a basic understanding of biosystems. Students are expected to perform a feasibility study of a biosystem, including site requirements, sustainability, fuel transport, economics, etc... Finally, students are given the opportunity to explore biosystems that are in the development stage.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ENER-2035

Wind and Hydro Energy Systems

This course introduces students to the basics of wind and hydro energy. Students perform preliminary feasibility studies, including site assessments to determine potential energy generation opportunities. Students also explore the steps required to implement a system once it is deemed feasible.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ENER-2040

Commercial Energy Auditing

This course reinforces the skills and knowledge gained in Industrial Energy Systems by performance of an energy audit on a commercial scale. Students are expected to conduct a visual inspection and utilize the required auditing tools. Following the audit, students perform a thorough analysis to determine Energy Management Opportunities (EMOs) for the facility. An energy audit report is produced and presented via a technical report, as well as orally.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:MATH-1100

Technical Mathematics I

This course is designed to enable the student to develop technician level math skills. Students will acquire competency in the math skills as they relate to their energy systems engineering technology program and future career. Emphasis will be placed on developing problem solving and critical thinking skills that the student will use in troubleshooting. Students will be challenged to continually make connections between math and their main program, as well as every day applications.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:NCPR-1001

Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

A comprehensive two-day course offering standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills from a certified trainer. As required by regulation, this course covers CPR and the management of other breathing, airway and circulation emergencies, as well as, the control of bleeding, treating shock, stabilizing fractures and dislocations, head and spine injuries, and more. Also, includes automated external defibrilators (AED). This certification expires in 3 years.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:NCPR-1002

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and certification.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:NCPR-1066

Certified Fall Protection

Students are trained and become certified in the application and use of fall protection equipment. Students explore hazards, legislative requirements, as well as various types of fall protection systems and their components. Demonstration of the proper application and use of fall protection is required in order to pass this course.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:PHYS-1000


This course is designed to introduce students to mechanical physics. Topics in this course include kinematics, statics, energy, states of matter and waves. Emphasis is placed on developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills as the students relate the physics' concepts to their program of study and their future career.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:PRAC-2210

Energy Systems Engineering Technology - OJT

On-the-job training provides students with an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired in the Energy Systems Engineering Technology program to a relevant work environment. OJT participants are expected to assume, with appropriate supervision, the duties and responsibilities normally expected of an entry-level employee in a similar position. Using their own observations and initiative, students are expected to acquire and apply new skills as may be expected of a new employee in their respective workplace setting.

Credit Value:4


Electromechanical Technology

Learn how to install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair complex automated equipment in this 2-year diploma program. Learn about hydraulic/pneumatic systems, programmable logic controllers, electronics, microprocessors and more.

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology

Get a broad base of training that can lead to two Red Seal trades certifications. Learn how to install and service HVAC and refrigeration systems for residential and commercial applications in this two-year program.

Wind Turbine Technology

The one-year Wind Turbine Technology program prepares you for the varied demands of the wind energy industry. Courses in math and physics reinforce your understanding of the mechanical and electrical systems on the turbine and hydraulic systems you will maintain.