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Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology (ESET)

Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology (ESET)

Become highly skilled in energy management, sustainable design, green technology and alternative energy systems.

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Start Date:
2 Years
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September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Annapolis Valley Campus • Middleton Full time • In-class Seats available

Program Overview

This program prepares you to meet the growing needs of employers in the rapidly expanding field of alternative energy, sustainability and energy systems management. You're involved in energy auditing and modelling of existing conventional heating and lighting systems, as well as specifying energy efficiency improvements for residential and commercial buildings. You learn how to analyze site characteristics, client needs and to advise on improving energy efficiency through building design/renovation, HVAC system improvements and the addition of renewable energy.

Energy Sustainability Engineering Technologists are trained in the sizing, specification and commissioning of building systems, process equipment and renewable energy systems. Beyond alternative and renewable energy systems, Energy Sustainability Engineering Technologists develop a strong understanding of how society consumes and produces energy in our building systems. With the use of industry-recognized software, graduates are able to make recommendations for the improvement of commercial, industrial and residential buildings.

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Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma, including Academic Grade 12 Math; Academic Grade 12 English; and either Academic Grade 12 Physics or Academic Grade 12 Chemistry; or a certificate, diploma or degree in a related trade, physical science, engineering or architecture program.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

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  • You study the theoretical concepts in class and then put the theory into action within the lab/shop environment and industry settings. When you graduate, you have real-life energy sustainability experiences.
  • Students use Pilikan House, a campus-based, "living laboratory," and a modern residential environment that provide hands-on training opportunities.
  • Earn recognized credentials – This program is accredited with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), a standing committee of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). CTAB accreditation means that this program has been evaluated against standards designed by industry leaders across Canada and is recognized internationally. Graduates may be eligible for membership with TechNova, the certifying organization for Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists in Nova Scotia.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Energy Sustainability Engineering Technologists are prepared to succeed in the emerging fields of green buildings, energy conservation and alternative energy.
  • Grads are prepared to provide design, assessment, commissioning and evaluation services to engineers, architects, contractors, project managers and facility owners.
  • Organizations that specialize in energy management, engineering consulting, architecture, technical sales, manufacturing, electrical distribution and alternative energy are potential employers. Grads may also work for government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and building contractors.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.
  • Some travel is required for industry visits and/or applicable conferences.
  • Important Abilities & Skills – Proficiency with computer technology and software design and analysis tools is critical to your success in this program. There is a significant emphasis on mathematical and physical analysis, report-writing and communications, requiring good Math/Physics and Communications/English skills. A variety of software tools are used to conduct detailed analysis of energy consumption and building design. Strong computer skills are necessary to be successful in this program. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills are an asset in this program, especially when it comes to designing, testing and troubleshooting equipment and systems.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ESET 1100   Renewable Energy Technologies I
ESET 1102   Introduction to Data Collection Analysis and Reporting
ESET 1103   Principles of Energy Management
ESET 1104   Communications I
ESET 1105   Thermodynamics I
ESET 1113   Applied Mathematics I
ESET 1200   Renewable Energy Technologies II
ESET 1203   Sustainable Design
ESET 1204   Communications II
ESET 1213   Applied Mathematics II
ESET 1301   Building Systems
ESET 1302   Engineering Graphics
ESET 1318   Project I
ESET 1319   Energy Systems and Assessments
ESET 1320   Electrical Systems
ESET 1322   Engineering Business
ESET 2404   Communications III
ESET 2405   Thermodynamics II
ESET 2406   Industry Standards in Energy Efficiency
ESET 2408   Measurement Verification and Controls I
ESET 2501   Advanced Building Design
ESET 2504   Communications IV
ESET 2508   Measurement Verification and Controls II
ESET 2512   Geographic Information Systems
ESET 2515   Project Development and Management
ESET 2610   Engineering Law and Ethics
ESET 2650   Senior Project
ESET 3600   Work Experience II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1025   Certified Fall Arrest and Protection

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

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