Overview

No doubt, renewable energy is no longer a trendy buzzword. In fact, it's now at the heart of our power grid, lighting our homes and making sure the economy keeps moving forward. If you're excited about the career potential available in this growing sector and are looking to gain the skills necessary to begin, the Renewable Energies Technician program will open the door to limitless potential.

You'll begin by building foundational knowledge in the electrical, electronic and mechanical disciplines and how they function in the Renewable Energies sector. As well, you'll study the design and installation techniques required to work with various Renewable Energy solutions such as Solar Energy, Wind Turbines, Biomass Energy and Geothermal Energy Systems. You'll also examine the best industry practices of health, safety and environmental conservation along with complete safety training for working at heights and confined spaces. Plus, you'll be introduced to the general concepts associated with global climate change and the practicalities associated with sustainable energy including conservation techniques.

When you graduate, you'll have an in-depth working knowledge of current practice in the installation, commissioning and routine maintenance and repair of Photovoltaic and Wind Turbine generating systems enabling them to function effectively in the utility-scale Wind Turbine and Solar Photovoltaic industries.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream with:

  • Mathematics* one of:
    • Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
    • Any Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
      OR
      Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
      OR
      Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
      OR
      Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) and:
  • Mathematics* one of:
    • Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
    • Any Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
      OR
      Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above

Note:

*Applicants who lack the required Mathematics course may be admitted to the program subject to appropriate prior upgrading.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years.
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years.
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years.
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10.

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
  • It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.

Recommended Personal Preparation

Increased physical fitness levels

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements.
Note:

Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Renewable Energies Technician program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Renewable Energies Technician program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Renewable Energies Technician program.

Career Opportunities

There is currently a shortage of qualified workers to support the Renewable Energies sector. Due to the rapid growth enjoyed by this relatively new sector, there has been an equally impressive growth in demand for skilled and certified technicians to install and service the associated equipment. The production of electrical energy produced by the Renewable Energies sector is projected to increase to account for 20 percent of North American electricity production and the creation of 6.3 million jobs in North America by 2030.

Graduates will be employed by owners of Renewable Energy projects such as Wind and Solar farms as well as third-party contractors/manufacturers/providers and as installers and maintainers of said projects. Other opportunities may exist in sales and marketing, project site assessment, energy consulting and regulatory functions.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 4, 2019
This course is Campus based
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Canadian Tuition Fee: $1,813.68 International Tuition Fee: $9,364.00
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