Diploma in Renewable Energies Technician (Co-op)


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Program Description

Prepare for the jobs of the future by becoming a renewable energy technician

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.

Become a renewable energy technician

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.

What we'll cover

  • wind turbine training
  • wind turbine certification
  • geothermal energy courses
  • wind turbine programs
  • geothermal energy training

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.

Other Information

Although not the only possible employment outcome, one of the primary and likely employment outcomes for graduates of this program will be in the utility grade Wind Turbine and Photovoltaic industries. As such, the program is aligned with the requirements of industry employers who are seeking the following skills, characteristics, and capabilities required for hire:

  • Satisfactory performance during a climb test which could exceed 100 meters.
  • The willingness to work at all hours of the day or night in various locations on an emergency basis with possible long overtime hours.
  • The possession of a driver's license absent of serious driving infractions such as impaired or careless driving.
  • The ability to regularly lift and carry 50 pounds.
  • Wind Turbine and Photovoltaic Technicians must use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while climbing that is rated for a maximum of 310 pounds. Carrying 50 pounds of equipment is routine, therefore Technicians generally cannot weigh more than 260 pounds so as not to exceed these ratings.
  • Ability and willingness to work in an outdoor environment in adverse and extreme weather conditions as well as in confined spaces.
  • Possess visual acuity which includes depth perception, a field of vision and the ability to distinguish between colors.

Co-operative Education

In order to be eligible for co-op, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and be academically complete at the commencement of their co-op work term.

This is a two-year Co-operative Education program. Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Adhere to all precautions to be taken when working on or near electrical power sources, conductors, transformers, motors, rotating equipment, hoisting equipment, rooftops, high elevations, and confined spaces and apply all applicable health and safety policies, laws, codes, regulations, and industry standards.
  2. Install, operate, troubleshoot, repair and maintain renewable energy systems including Wind Turbine and Photovoltaic systems.
  3. Install, maintain, troubleshoot and contribute to the control of renewable energy systems through the application of basic electrical AC and DC current and analog and digital electronics theory; hydraulic and mechanical concepts; as well as, motor control and automation theory including sensors, data acquisition devices, and programmable controllers.
  4. Install, assemble, examine, test, replace, or repair electrical wiring, components, modules, feeders, fiber optic cables, mechanical assemblies, electric motors and controls, generators and hydraulic components associated with renewable energy systems.
  5. Analyze, diagnose, troubleshoot and repair renewable energy components, processes, and systems through the application of engineering principles and practices.
  6. Analyze, interpret and produce electrical, electronic and mechanical drawings and schematics and other technical documents associated with renewable energy systems to appropriate engineering standards.
  7. Interpret relevant data monitored by supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems related to renewable energy systems and take corrective measures as appropriate to achieve maximum energy production and power transmission efficiency.
  8. Identify, select and correctly install various types of Solar Photovoltaic mounting systems according to various roof styles or ground mount applications consistent with the load effects of the Photovoltaic arrays on the structures on which they are to be mounted. 9. Assess and evaluate buildings according to “Green Building” principles and building energy auditing techniques and make energy efficiency and conservation recommendations outlining how conservation and sustainable living benefits human and environmental health.
  9. Select, size, design, site and compute energy production calculations as part of the evaluation, installation, and commissioning of energy generation systems by applying knowledge of electrical, mechanical, and control systems in accordance with accepted practices outlined by utilities, building codes, federal and provincial regulations.
  10. Access and adhere to all legislation, industry standards and codes as they apply to renewable energy technology including MicroGrid and FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) Regulations.
  11. Work as a productive member of a team in the research, design and implementation of renewable energy projects with the ability to communicate effectively through written, oral and graphic communication.


Level 1

General Education - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • ELEC-1145 Electrical Theory
  • ELEC-1137 Applied Electrical Techniques
  • MATH-1213 Mathematics for Electronics 1
  • SFTY-1047 Renewable Energy Safety
  • SFTY-1069 Safe Work Practices
  • SFTY-1054 Safe Work Practices
  • DEVL-1054 Skills for Career Success
  • COOP-1020 Co-operative Education Employment Prep

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • MATH-3090 Mathematics for Electronics 2
  • ELEC-3060 Renewable Energy Wiring Practices
  • ELEC-3061 Practical Wiring Techniques
  • MECH-1116 Wind Turbine Systems
  • MECH-3044 Practical Hydraulics
  • BUSI-1103 Introduction to Small Business Concepts
  • ENVR-5014 Alternative Energy Generation Methods

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • ENGR-5010 Photovoltaic Systems
  • ENGR-5011 Applied Photovoltaic Techniques
  • ENVR-5015 Energy Efficiency & Sustainability
  • ELNC-3036 Motor Controls & Automation Theory
  • ELNC-3037 Applied Motor Controls
  • CADD-1039 Computer-Aided Design for MIM

Level 4

General Education - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • CNTL-3012 Programmable Logic Controllers Theory
  • CNTL-3013 PLC Applications
  • MTNC-5008 Wind Turbine Maintenance
  • MTNC-5006 Wind Turbine Maintenance Techniques
  • ENVR-5017 Alternative Energy Generation Methods 2

General Education - Electives

  • Take 6 General Education Credits - Normally Taken in Level 1 and 4

Program Residency

Students must complete a minimum of 19 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.

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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)


  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)


  • Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate


  • 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)


  • Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above

*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 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
  • 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.


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.

Last updated Jun 2020

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Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including ... Read More

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including more than 6,000 international students from 97 different countries. Read less
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