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Renewable Energies Technician (Co-op)

Fanshawe College
60 weeks
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
St. Thomas

Program description

Renewable Energies Technician (Co-op)

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

Admission requirements

  • OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH
  • Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Mathematics* ONE OF
    • Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
    • Any Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)


  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH


  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) WITH
  • 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 courses and grades stated above


  • Applicants who lack the required Mathematics may still gain eligibility for admission by completing 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 SDS Program Requirements
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 60 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 50 in listening
  • 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

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Electrical Theory
  • Applied Electrical Techniques
  • Mathematics for Electronics 1
  • Renewable Energy Safety
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Skills for Career Success
  • Co-operative Education Employment Prep

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Mathematics for Electronics 2
  • Renewable Energy Wiring Practices
  • Practical Wiring Techniques
  • Wind Turbine Systems
  • Practical Hydraulics
  • Introduction to Small Business Concepts
  • Alternative Energy Generation Methods

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Photovoltaic Systems
  • Applied Photovoltaic Techniques
  • Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
  • Motor Controls and Automation Theory
  • Applied Motor Controls
  • Computer Aided Design for MIM

Level 4

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Programmable Logic Controllers Theory
  • PLC Applications
  • Wind Turbine Maintenance
  • Wind Turbine Maintenance Techniques
  • Alternative Energy Generation Methods 2

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition fees

Canadian students

The tuition fee for Canadian students is 1,360.26 CAD, and the total fees are 1,847.73 CAD.

International students

The tuition fee for International students is 7,233.50 CAD, and the total fees are 8,326.95 CAD.

For more detailed information about fees, please visit the institute webpage.


Credential - Ontario College Diploma

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, fibre 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

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

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Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada - approximately two hours from Niagara Falls, Toronto, or Detroit. There are 21,000 full-time students at Fanshawe, including 7,500 international students from more than 100 different countries. Fanshawe...

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Why study at Fanshawe College

London is a great location - a large city with a population of close to 500,000, so there is something for everyone. It is small enough to be more affordable than some of the larger cities and it is very student-friendly. Fanshawe College has a 90.3% percent Graduate Employment Rate, which is number one among Ontario colleges. There are also 60 co-op programs available, where students can "earn while they learn."

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1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard
N5Y 5R6 London Ontario

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