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Energy Systems Engineering Technician

Available at: Kingston


Graduates from our Energy Systems Engineering Technician and Technology (ESET) programs work in exciting new careers as Renewable Energy System Designers and Clean Energy System Project Managers and Installers.  In addition, our graduates have expertise in building energy management and building energy systems, where they find rewarding employment as Energy Managers and Energy Auditors.

Our many successful graduates illustrate how every year, businesses, governments and consumers are becoming more concerned with the financial and environmental costs of energy usage. Our ESET graduates are filling the growing needs of this marketplace for capable people with the knowledge and skills to design and implement renewable energy systems as well as to audit energy use in commercial and residential buildings and make recommendations to reduce energy demand and cost.

Here is a sampling of the many job titles our ESET graduates have:

  • Green Building Project Associate - Halsall Associates
  • Solar Installation Manager - Powersave
  • Assistant Energy Manager - 3M Canada
  • Solar Division Manager - Greenside Electric
  • Energy Consultant - Lateral Energy Solutions
  • Energy Systems Engineering Technologist - Quantum Energy
  • Energy Management Associate - Utilities Kingston
  • Building Automation Service Technician - Siemens Building Technologies
  • Founder and Co-owner,  KES Energy Management

Our St. Lawrence College facilities include some of Canada’s most complete laboratories for students to learn how to size, design, and install solar photovoltaic, solar thermal and other sustainable energy systems, for both grid connected and off-grid applications.  St. Lawrence College also has a 250kW grid connected rooftop solar array where we walk the talk on the value of renewable energy systems.

In addition to our regular program coursework, over the past few years, we have been able to leverage a variety of programs to provide work experience for students in Texas, Jamaica, and within our own  College Sustainable Energy Applied Research Centre (SEARC).  Many students have also gone on to Bachelor’s degree programs at a variety of Universities in Canada and abroad.

(To further research job categories in the ESET sector, search LinkedIn and use keywords, “renewable energy” and, “building energy auditing, efficiency”)

Please contact us with any questions or for a tour anytime.  We would be proud to show you our Energy Systems training facilities. Check out our FAQ page for more information on the program! 

Find out what our students and alumni have to say about the program!


Specialized laboratory facilities at the College are available for training in building automation systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, and grid connected solar electric systems.

The College’s Sustainable Energy Applied Research Centre (SEARC) is a group of energy industry and faculty researchers. Closely linked to the Energy Systems Program, SEARC’s mission is to provide applied research services to small and medium-sized enterprises in the renewable energy industry within the Eastern Ontario region. SEARC provides select Energy Systems students with unique opportunities for part-time employment working on real world problems.

RESCo Energy Benefits from St. Lawrence College Grads

"As one of Canada’s largest Solar EPC’s, our design team is highly regarded for its ability to integrate solar into building energy systems.  This expertise relies heavily on the graduates of St. Lawrence College and their unique ability to design at the application level.  As both an engineering company and a licenced electrical contractor, we bring great value to the industry by designing for installation, and solving clients' aspirational challenges by bringing together the areas of theory and practicality.  The St. Lawrence College grads seem particularly wired to accomplish just that.”

Fidel Reijerse
RESCo Energy Inc.

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Program Name

Energy Systems Engineering Technician

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates

Special May Intake - International Students Only

Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Books, lab kits and supplies (estimate): First year: Fall $600, Winter $400.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Special Scholarship Opportunity:
Qualified students may be eligible for special financial support, made possible through a generous gift donated to the St. Lawrence College Foundation, from the Advanced Technology Education Consortium (ATEC). For full details regarding the ATEC Technology Scholarships, applicant criteria and application forms, Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
COMM 110 Communications for College
ESET 130 HVAC Fundamentals
ESET 140 Sustainable Energy Technologies 1
IETT 410 Electronic DC Fundamentals
MATH 2 Basic Technical Mathematics
ESET 330 Energy Systems III: Cert

Semester 2
ESET 210 Physical Measurement P.T.L.F.
ESET 250 Physics and Applied Thermodynamics 1
ESET 260 Introduction to Technical Drawing
ESET 320 AC Systems
MATH 7 Technical Mathematics
COMP 75 Computer Applications in Excel
GENE General Education Course

Semester 3
ESET 220 Electronic Devices
ESET 360 3D Computer Aided Drafting
ESET 441 Photovoltaics Design
WRIT 13 Technical Writing
ESET 430 Energy Auditing 1
General Education Online
GENE General Education Course

Semester 4
ESET 310 Electrical Power Distribution and Devices
ESET 350 Applied Thermodynamics 2
ESET 410 Energy Systems Control
ESET 442 Sustainable Energy Technologies 2
ESET 491 Energy Programs: Global and Local
ESET 431 Energy Auditing 2

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 12 Math at the C or U level (or MCR3U); MCT4C Recommended.
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


Health Requirements


“SLC always had the latest technologies in their labs for students to work with and continue to update labs as newer products are brought to the market.”

Dave Carter

Program Contact

Paul Sutterlin

Admissions Information

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

A kit with parts and supplies needed for labs should be purchased from our tech shop and some hand tools are recommended for you to purchase on your own. See course kits.

"The Energy Systems Engineering Technology (ESET) course at St. Lawrence College touched on a wide range of topics that I consistently use in my career as Energy Manager for a regional school board. As a university graduate, I found that the “hands on” labs in control systems, energy simulation software and renewable energy technologies were a valuable learning experience not typical of my previous engineering degree. The combination of energy and building technologies explored during the ESET program provides valuable insight to graduates pursuing employment not only the energy field but also in building/property management. I found that my ESET diploma gave me the edge over my competitors while job seeking."
Tyler Bell, P.Eng., LEED Green Assoc. Energy Manager
St. Lawrence College Energy Systems Technology graduate

Advanced Standing

If you have already earned college or university credits, you may be eligible for advanced standing.  Students with credits for courses that cover material substantially the same as an ESET course can apply for transfer credits.  If you obtain a transfer credit for an ESET course, you may take advanced ESET courses from later semesters of the program.  If you have enough transfer credits you may even be able to finish the technician program in one year.  Please contact the Program Coordinator to discuss your particular situation.

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