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Energy Systems Engineering Technology

We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year

Start Date: September

Location: Prince of Wales Campus

Length: 2 Years

Credential: Diploma, Energy Systems Engineering Technician

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

Student and instructor in the labTrain 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!.



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, 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


2023/2024 Academic Year

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

1st Year



Tuition $5,556 $10,656
Fees $1,017 $1,767
Other Costs $1,125 $1,125
Total $7,698 $13,548

2nd Year



Tuition $4,558 $9,558
Fees $1,122 $1,872
Other Costs $700 $700
Total $6,380  $12,130

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition $ 5,556 $ 4558
Lab Fee $200 $325
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $445 $445
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
First Aid/WHMIS $120
Graduation Fee $100
     Subtotal $ 6,573 $ 5,680
1st installment due September 5 $ 3,837 $ 4,187
2nd installment due January 8 $ 2,736 $ 1,493

Other Costs

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $825 $700
Personal Protective Equipment $300
     Subtotal $1,125 $700
Total $7,698 $6,380


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition* $10,656 $9,558
Lab Fee $200 $325
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $1,195 $1,195
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
First Aid/WHMIS $120
Graduation Fee $100
     Subtotal $12,423 $11,430
1st installment due September 5 $9,687 $9,937
2nd installment due January 8 $2,736 $1,493

Other Costs

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $825 $700
Personal Protective Equipment $300
     Subtotal $1,125 $700
Total $13,548 $12,130

*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

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 Values: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.


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.


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.


Course Code:BUSI-2005


This course is designed to enable students to,create a business plan depicting the financial,and organizational road map used to increase the,likelihood of business success. Generating a,business idea and subjecting it to evidence based,analysis will create a clear understanding of the,complexities of creating business viability. ,Students craft an organizational strategy which,capitalizes on distinct or unique aspects of the,business. This strategy is then filtered through,the financial projections and analysis that,complete the final business plan.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Course Code:NCPR-1002

Workplace Hazardous Materials,Information Systems

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


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.


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.


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.



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.