Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Change the Way the World Looks at Energy By Attending an Energy System Engineering Technician Program

The world is changing in terms of the way it views energy. As such, today's energy systems engineering programs must include in their curriculum a focus on innovative energy projects using small-scale sources such as fuel cells, solar, gas, wind, hydro turbines and biomass to feed electricity, heat and air conditioning to homes and businesses. Additionally, new green building initiatives are quickly increasing awareness and the use of sustainable, integrated architecture and engineering practices for new buildings is becoming common. These programs must also reflect those changes.

Centennial College's Energy Systems Engineering Technician program addresses both developments head-on as it trains students to: implement energy solutions for commercial and residential buildings using knowledge of energy systems, energy efficiency and renewable/distributed energy systems; work in power plants; design and maintain heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration units; and work with architectural companies to integrate energy technologies into the latest green buildings.

All training incorporates practical and theoretical components conducted from classrooms that are equipped to offer students hands-on experience that makes them employable upon graduation. Projects that mimic real world assignments, group work, research and more give students the opportunity to become comfortable with the tasks of an energy systems technician in Toronto.

To really understand the program and how well rounded it is when it comes to blending technical, managerial and entrepreneurial skills that are highly sought after in modern energy and sustainable building companies, here is a look at some specific courses.

Digital & Power Electronics: Understanding digital circuits is essential to understanding energy distribution. This course blends theory and practical application as students learn about number systems and codes, all common gates (combinational logic), Boolean algebra, mapping, basic arithmetic circuits, gated latches, counters, and shift registers.

Renewable Energy System: Wind energy, solar systems, geothermal heat pumps, biomass, small hydraulics and fuel cells are all common renewable energy systems. Therefore, the theory governing these systems and their working principles are explained in this offering.

Energy, Environment, Society: Current topics in modern energy use are discussed. They include: world and North American primary energy sources; supply, demand and reserves, including fossil, nuclear and renewable energy resources; the laws governing conversion of energy from one form to another; thermodynamic efficiency of heat engines and end-use efficiency; and the fundamentals of electricity generation, transmission and end-use. As a practical aspect, students visit a fossil-fuelled or nuclear power plant, or electrical transmission substation.

Power Engineering and HVAC: Split into two parts, this course introduces students to prime mover and engine technologies, pumps and air compressors, and some of their applications. It also covers air conditioning and built-up HVAC systems and their related equipment technologies, as applied to large building design.

Design Project: Arguably the most practical of all the courses within this offering, Design Project places students into groups to design basic mechanical systems under the guidance of faculty. Students must consider aspects such as planning and design, time and cost management, and application of techniques developed from other mechanical courses to perform detail component analysis and necessary calculations.

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