Energy Systems Technology

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Saint JohnSeptember 2020 Domestic | International

Program Overview

Energy Systems Technologists build careers around protecting the planet. With a focus on renewable resources, they develop sustainable and integrated energy solutions and make responsible business decisions. You'll learn how to analyze energy consumption, optimize efficiency, and reduce costs and damages. From government to small businesses, trained Energy Systems Technologists are needed across multiple sectors for their innovative green thinking during this threatening time for the environment.


The requirements of this diploma program may be achieved within two years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

    Profile I

  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
    • Pre-calculus 110
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112
      • Total of two (2) sciences, including at least one (1) from the following:
        • Biology 112 or 122
        • Chemistry 112 or 122
        • Physics 112 or 122

      (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

      Career Possibilities

      Graduates may work with energy audit or energy management companies, as a consultant for organizations looking to reduce energy consumption and costs, or even with municipalities and government to help plan integrated community energy solutions.

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      Program Courses

      Courses are subject to change.

      This is a first year technology course that develops competencies in both DC and AC electrical theory and circuit applications. Topics discussed include: Ohm’s law, Kirchoff’s laws, voltage, current, impedance, power, sine waves, series circuit characteristics, parallel circuit characteristics, combination circuit characteristics, electromagnetic induction, mutual inductance, and transformers. This course contains a practical component that will involve the use of electrical measuring devices such as multi-meters and oscilloscopes.

      Completion of this course prepares for advanced studies in electrical machines and control circuits that require fundamental knowledge of electrical theory and the ability to properly operate circuit measurement devices.

      This course is designed to provide the learners with the knowledge and skill to troubleshoot faults in the operation of alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) motors and generators. Students are taught theoretical knowledge on AC and DC motors and generators, their characteristics, types, and applications. In a lab environment, students put together basic control circuits and assess faults in operation.


      • BEEB1033

      This course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge of electrical grids. Students examine the genesis of electrical grids, their growth and evolution to our present day systems.  Emphasis is on the regional New Brunswick electrical grid system and how it is integrated within the North American system. Students are taught how electricity is generated, transmitted, and distributed to industrial, commercial, and residential consumers and classify the systems using industry standard terminology.   They examine future changes to the electrical grid with the advent of new systems and methodologies such as smart grids, micro grids, and off-grid systems.  They are also taught the basics of power distribution system protection and how it is employed to ensure power continuity and reduce the likelihood of brown-outs/black-outs.  Students apply their knowledge to select the appropriate equipment to meet the needs of electrical consumer in the industrial, commercial, and residential markets.


      • BEEB1166

      This course is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge and skill to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of building envelopes and systems. Students are taught the variables that impact building performance, the ways in which to evaluate them, and the measures to optimize them.

      Students will learn to write a variety of technical documents and business correspondence suitable to a specific audience and purpose as well as learn how to conduct research and document sources.

      This course prepares students to write a formal technical report on a technical topic with sufficient technical and communication quality as to be judged capable of meeting the certification requirements of such outside agencies as the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists, federal government agencies such as Transport Canada, or any other accrediting body.

      This course teaches students how to create documents that are organized, unified, and coherent.

      A Business Case captures in detail the business drivers, costs, benefits, and economic justification for the investment and resources needed to implement a proposed solution. The purpose of this course is to provide learners with the skills and tools to analyze, build, and present a business case to justify the building and deployment of a solution. Course concepts and content are applied through the use of real-world case studies.

      This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skill to appraise conventional energy systems. Students conduct comparative analyses of fossil fuel, electrical, nuclear, and hydro power systems. They distinguish these on the basis of factors such as construction, operation, cost, efficiency, strengths and limitations. Students use this knowledge to evaluate the viability of using such systems in isolation or in conjunction with alternate energy systems.


      • ETTG1004

      This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skill to assess the feasibility of using wind and/or water energy systems in isolation or in conjunction with other energy systems.

      This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skill to assess the feasibility of using solar energy systems in isolation or in conjunction with other energy systems.

      This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skill to assess the feasibility of using geothermal and biomass energy systems in isolation or in conjunction with other energy systems.

      This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skill to devise strategies for the conservation of energy and the reduction of energy consumption. Students are taught this in the framework of the trends in energy consumption as well as the social, economic, and environmental impact of energy systems and energy related decisions. They are taught the practical and behavioral changes which can be made to reduce the carbon footprint and ensure the long-term sustainability of energy. Students apply this knowledge through the evaluation of real-world case studies and the participation in a live-lab project.

      This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skill to devise holistic solutions to reduce energy demand and costs while simultaneously positively impacting the environment, economy, and quality of life. Using the knowledge acquired in this course and in Municipal Systems, students implement measures to help plan integrated community energy solutions (ICES). They examine national and international case studies that demonstrate successful examples of ICES as well as participate in problem-solving scenarios, labs and site tours.


      • URBN1000

      This course is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge and skill to evaluate the energy losses of a residential, commercial, or industrial building, process and/or systems to reduce energy inefficiencies and cost. Learners are taught the types of energy audits, the procedures for residential and non-residential audits, and the tools and techniques with which to conduct them.


      • BSSI1047

      This course introduces students to ethical principles and codes of conduct applicable to professional practices. The subject of ethics is a requirement of many accredited programs. Therefore, successful completion of Professional Ethics is a graduation requirement for engineering technology programs.

      Students in this course learn the theory and application of thermodynamic cycles including Carnot, Otto, Diesel, Brayden and refrigeration cycles. Students also learn the principles of heat transfer and heat transfer equipment.

      This course provides students with drafting skills and familiarizes them with proper drafting tools and mechanical drafting fundamentals.

      Students submit a formal, researched report and make a formal oral presentation on an approved technical topic related to their program of studies. The technical and communication quality may be judged on the basis of the certification requirements of outside agencies such as the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), the New Brunswick Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (NBSCETT), a government department, or other accrediting body. This is primarily an independent study course allowing for consultations with academic and industry personnel.

      This course is intended to give the student an introduction to basic fluid mechanics. Covering topics in hydrostatics, hydrodynamics, flow measurement devices, head loss in pipe, and pumping systems, the acquired knowledge will enable the student to understand, analyse, and design fluid flow systems.


      • MATH1089

      This course focuses on the instrumentation and controls components. The following topics are covered: process measurement of temperature, level, pressure and flow, automatic control system characteristics and operation, open, closed and combination loops, control modes (two position, proportional, integral, derivative), diagrams, and boiler feed water control systems (specific to Power Engineering Technology).


      • BEEB1033

      This course provides students with a sound mathematical foundation in preparation to higher level mathematics (calculus) and other technology courses.

      Building on the foundation of Mathematics Fundamentals, this course is designed to provide the student with the necessary mathematical skills to better manage differential calculus.


      • MATH1089

      This course, built on the foundation of Pre-Calculus Mathematics, is intended to provide the student with the tools of differential and integral calculus. These skills will be applied to the solution of technical problems.


      • MATH1157

      This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

      This course is designed to provide students with foundational information on energy, work, and power. It answers questions such as: What is Energy? ; Where does energy come from? ; What are the forms of energy? ; How is it transformed? ; What is the demand for it and why is it important to understand? Students are also taught Newton’s laws and provided with the mathematical toolkit from which to perform energy, work, and power calculations.

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to plan all elements of the construction project and construction site. Students learn the areas that need to be accounted for to guarantee quality project plans as well as the tools and techniques with which to create them. Through the use of real-world case studies, students explore problems encountered in the management of construction projects and discuss and devise a range of possible solutions.

      This course is designed to increase awareness of the global political, social, environmental, and economic drivers impacting energy source, demand, management, and sustainability. Students examine national and international policies intended to mitigate climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as well as the social, environmental, and economic repercussions of such decisions. They deliberate the environmental and ethical implications of non-action and gauge the true impact of regulation on the carbon footprint.

      The course provides the ability to develop and implement statistical analysis tools within the context of quality assurance in areas such as chemical processing, manufacturing and construction. Topics covered include central tendency, distribution analysis, linear regression, control charts and statistical process control.

      Statistical analysis includes methods such as central tendency, distribution analysis, linear regression, statistical process control.

      In this course, students are introduced to the skills and strategies necessary to present themselves and ideas to others in an effective manner. The course focuses on the goal of obtaining employment while developing presentation skills sought by potential employers.

      This course familiarizes students with AutoCAD while producing drawings that incorporate tolerancing, welding symbols, piping symbols, and instrumentation symbols. This course also provides students with design skills and familiarizes them with proper design practices.


      • ETTG1011

      In this course students learn to use software to generate engineering drawings, focusing on process piping layouts. Three dimensional and isometric drawings, and spool sheets are among the areas covered.


      • SAAL1396

      This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skill to utilize productivity software for the purpose of enhancing communication and improving work efficiency and effectiveness. Students are taught the features and functions of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. They produce functional, effective, and appealing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations to capture and communicate information. Students are also taught how to digitally manage and distribute this data.

      This course is designed to utilize the features of energy tracking computer software for the purposes of assessing energy use and managing its consumption. Learners are taught how to track when, where, and how much energy is being consumed in a facility. They isolate opportunities for improvement and explore possible solutions to manage the energy consumption.


      • BEEB1166
      • BSSI1047

      A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

      This course is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skill to examine how energy is consumed in municipal sectors such as land use, transportation, buildings, infrastructure, waste, water and sanitation. Students look at these systems in isolation but use this knowledge in conjunction with Energy Systems Integration and Design to determine how best to contribute meaningfully to energy and emissions planning.


      • ENVI1075
      • BSSI1047

      NOC Codes

      2253 - Drafting technologists and technicians
      4161 - Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
      6221 - Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

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