Our planet is in need of clean and renewable sources of energy such as wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and biomass. Carleton University’s program in Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering provides you with the analytical, technical and marketing skills needed to design, build, operate and enhance sustainable energy systems. Teaching you fundamentals that will allow you to work in either Mechanical or Electrical engineering, this program is designed to hone your knowledge in a crucial sector. If you would like to participate in the development of environmentally responsible and economically beneficial solutions for energy generation, distribution and usage—this could be the engineering program for you.

The Carleton Advantage

The Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree 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:

Your Co-op Opportunities

As a student in the Sustainable & 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.

The pattern of work and study terms for the co-op option is shown in the following table.

Calendar Year Fall Winter Summer
1 study term 1 study term 2
2 study term 3 study term 4 work term
3 study term 5 study term 6 work term
4 work term work term work term
5 study term 7 study term 8

Learn more about our featured co-op employers. 

Choosing the Right Program

The BEng program in Sustainable & 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.

Course Structure

The courses of a typical Sustainable & Renewable Energy program are shown below.

(A) – Course taken in Stream A only

(B) – Course taken in Stream B only

Study Term 1 Study Term 2
Calculus for Engineering Students
[MATH 1004]
Linear Algebra for Engineering Students
[MATH 1104]
Chemistry for Engineering Students
[CHEM 1101]
Introductory Electromagnetism and Wave Motion [PHYS 1004]
Computation and Programming
[ECOR 1041]
Data Management
[ECOR 1042]
[ECOR 1043]
[ECOR 1044]
[ECOR 1045]
[ECOR 1046]
Visual Communication
[ECOR 1047]
[ECOR 1048]
Introduction to Engineering Disciplines I
[ECOR 1055]
Introduction to Engineering Disciplines II
[ECOR 1056]
Engineering Profession
[ECOR 1057]
Complementary Studies Elective (B)
Complementary Studies Elective (A) Basic Science Elective (A)
Basic Science Elective (B)
Study Term 3 Study Term 4
Differential Equations and Infinite Series for Engineering Students [MATH 1005] Multivariable Calculus for Engineering Students [MATH 2004]
Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer
[MAAE 2400]
Fluid Mechanics I
[MAAE 2300]
Circuits and Signals
[ELEC 2501]
Problem Analysis for Environmental Engineering [ENVE 2001]
Switching Circuits
[ELEC 2607]
Electronics I
[ELEC 2507]
Foundations of Imperative Programming
[SYSC 2006]
Electrical Machines
[ELEC 2602]
Engineering Graphical Design
[MAAE 2001]
Electrical Engineering
[ELEC 3605]
Engineering Dynamics
[MAAE 2101]
Mechanics of Solids I
[MAAE 2202]
Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments [ECOR 2050] (B)
Study Term 5 Study Term 6
Electrical Power Engineering
[ELEC 4602]
Electrical Use & Distribution
[SREE 3002]
Sustainable & Renewable Energy Sources [SREE 3001] Sustainable & Renewable Energy Electricity Generation [SREE 3003]
Engineering Economics
[ECOR 3800]
Engineering Portfolio
[ECOR 2995]
Power Electronics
[ELEC 3508]
Basic EM & Power Engineering
[ELEC 3105]
Computer Organization
[SYSC 3006]
Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments [ECOR 2050] (A)
Communication Skills for Engineering Students [CCDP 2100] (A) Systems & Simulation
[SYSC 3600]
Mathematical Methods I
[MATH 3705]
Fluid Mechanics II
[MAAE 3300]
Engineering Materials
[MAAE 2700]
Applied Thermodynamics
[MAAE 3400]
Systems & Simulation
[SYSC 3600]
Feedback Control Systems
[MAAE 3500]
Communication Skills for Engineering Students [CCDP 2100] (B)
Study Term 7 Study Term 8
Engineering Project
[SREE 4907 (A) / MAAE 4907 (B)]
Efficient Energy Conversion
[SREE 4001]
The Energy Economy, Reliability, and Risk [SREE 4002]
[ELEC 4601]
Engineering Elective
Automatic Control Systems
[SYSC 4505]
Professional Practice
[ECOR 4995]
Computer Communication
[SYSC 4602]
Solar Cells & Applications
[ELEC 4703]
Professional Practice
[ECOR 4995]
Engineering Elective (A)
Heat Transfer
[MECH 4406]
Thermofluids & Energy System Design
[MECH 4408]
Industrial Engineering
[SYSC 3200]
Complementary Studies Elective (B)

Note: As study terms and courses offered may vary, please refer to the Carleton University Undergraduate Calendar for specific program requirements.

Your Future Opportunities

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.

Alumni Feature

Matthew Woods, 2020 graduate and Energy EIT/Project Manager at WalterFedy.

The role Matt is in now as an Engineering Intern (EIT) for WalterFedy has him working through complex issues for various clients. As a sustainable and renewable energy engineering graduate, Matt has had an advantage in the workplace because his skillset is coveted by employers who are looking for graduates with a background in mechanical engineering reinforced with sustainability experience.


Admission Requirements

For admission to the Sustainable & Renewable Energy Engineering program, you must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a minimum of six 4U/M courses.

Your six courses must include four prerequisite courses:

  • Advanced Functions
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • One of the following:
    • Calculus and Vectors (strongly recommended for applicants to all engineering programs)
    • Biology
    • Earth and Space Science

Although it is not an admission requirement, at least one 4U course in either English or French is recommended. Equivalent courses may be substituted at the appropriate 4U level.

Since the number of qualified applicants may be greater than the number of available spaces, cut-off averages and required marks may vary.

If you are from outside Ontario, or outside Canada, please visit Carleton’s Undergraduate Admissions website for details on your specific program’s requirements.

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