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Program Summary

There is an increasing demand for clean sources of energy such as nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower and biomass energies. Truly sustainable development, however, will require the clever integration of renewable energy technologies into existing infrastructure, along with vastly improved efficiencies in non-renewable energy use. This program provides analytical and hands-on skills for designing, building, operating and enhancing sustainable energy systems that combine energy generation, distribution and utilization in an environmentally responsible and economically beneficial manner. Two streams are offered: Smart Technologies for Power Generation and Distribution, and Efficient Energy Generation and Conversion.

The Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) program in Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering offers:

  • a problem-solving approach to learning, as well as a professional focus on sustainability and renewable energy technologies;
  • the opportunity to follow one of two study streams suited to your background and interests;
  • a challenging final-year design project that brings together knowledge, skills and expertise gained in the program; and
  • generous scholarships to high-standing applicants.

Our laboratory and research facilities

Carleton University laboratory, fabrication and computer facilities are state-of-the-art. You will have access to:

  • an energy, combustion and air emissions laboratory;
  • a fuel cell development laboratory;
  • a thermodynamics/energy conversion laboratory;
  • a power electronics and smart grids laboratory; and
  • Carleton’s microfabrication facility for photovoltaics and power harvesting.

Co-op opportunities

As a student in the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering program you will have the opportunity to apply to the Co-operative Education Program. Co-op integrates degree-related, paid work terms into your degree program. A minimum of four work terms are required to obtain the Co-op designation on your degree. Often, the four consecutive work terms following third year take place with the same employer. Our program is associated with a number of public and private organizations craving expertise in sustainable and renewable energy, giving students valuable work experience and contacts that will benefit them in the future.

Ottawa is a global technology leader. Sharing a city with some of the world’s best tech companies and government laboratories offers excellent opportunities for co-op and internship placements, as well as a high number of prospects for future employment. Nearly 79,000 people in the national capital are employed by more than 1,800 tech companies, including multinational giants who lead the way in telecommunications, software, computer systems, aerospace, sensor technologies, the environment, security and defence, construction, semiconductors, and wireless technologies.

The BEng in Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. When you graduate from the program, you will meet the educational requirements for registration as a professional engineer.

There are two streams in the program:

  • Stream A: Smart Technologies for Power Generation and Distribution
  • Stream B: Efficient Energy Generation and Conversion

Both streams provide a solid core of courses and laboratory work that will prepare you for a successful professional career in industry and the public sector or for further studies at advanced levels. Stream A emphasizes Electrical Engineering aspects of the energy sector, while stream B emphasizes Mechanical Engineering. Courses in basic and applied science, in combination with topics such as electronics, systems, environmental issues, heat transfer and thermodynamics (depending on your chosen stream) will give you the technical and professional tools to deal with the challenges of the energy field.

Graduates from the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering program find challenging positions in energy-intensive industries and related government agencies, including power utilities, generating facilities, distribution networks, smart grids and the construction industry. They are also in demand by manufacturers of materials and equipment for renewable energy projects, the hybrid vehicle design industry, and emerging service industries specializing in energy efficiency, to name only a few.

What students are saying about Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering

Through co-op, I worked with Carleton’s Department of Electronics, and I worked on exciting projects such as an autonomous remote-controlled car. Through my classes at Carleton, I’ve also gained valuable skills that will be an asset in the future, like experience with computer programming and CAD modeling. I chose this program as I am passionate about clean energy and there are few engineering programs with such a strong focus on sustainability.
Erica Heiber, Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering student

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