Applied Energy Management

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Saint JohnSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Energy is a substantial cost to most organizations and industries. It’s also a finite resource. Business decisions are made with energy management in mind. Skilled energy managers positively impact corporate bottom lines and help conserve an important resource. If you’re looking to add to your existing engineering degree or diploma, consider pursuing a future in this growing area of sustainable building.
Our one-year Applied Energy Management Program will provide you with the skills to work in energy management, energy auditing, and design and development of efficient new energy systems for commercial and industrial facilities. You’ll gain hands-on experience in commercial building automation, efficient building operation, energy auditing, and energy management including solar energy. Students also learn to apply new energy-efficient technologies and innovative solutions to conservation, sustainability, and management of energy and efficiency for HVAC, lighting, office equipment, and building automation and control systems in commercial buildings. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to apply commercial building energy concepts to buildings in the real world. Enroll today in the Applied Energy Management Graduate Certificate Program and power your engineering career forward.


The requirements for this graduate certificate may be achieved within one year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • Diploma in Engineering Technology (any discipline), Degree in Engineering (any discipline), or an equivalent combination of education and work experience in the Energy Management of commercial building industry.

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates of the Applied Energy Management Graduate Certificate program may find employment in the energy industry, provincial or municipal government. Many also work for private firms or are self-employed as energy conservation professionals, energy auditors, consultants and advisors. Industrial and commercial facilities also often hire in-house energy managers, systems integrators and operations and automation technicians to work directly for them.

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    Specific Considerations

    Many universities give credit for courses completed in this program; however, assessment is normally completed on an individual basis.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • Building Code and Standards
    • Building Heat Transfer
    • Building Mechanical Systems
    • Building Electrical Systems
    • Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
    • Building Lighting Systems
    • Building Water Systems
    • Building Fire Protection Systems
    • Building Commissioning
    • Building Condition Assessment
    • Building Communication and Security Systems & Automation
    • Energy Audits
    • Economic Analysis (net present value, payback, etc.)
    • Energy Management

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course provides students with necessary knowledge and skills to determine the process for performing commercial building condition assessment. The course focuses on the protocol and standards for building condition assessment set out by the NRC (National Research Council of Canada) and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials). Students will apply learned knowledge to case studies in a simulated or real-world environment.

    This course introduces basic concepts of energy economics. Students will learn the key components of energy economics such as basic economic principles, operating costs of buildings, systems or pieces of equipment, and investment analysis for the life cycle costs and savings. Students will apply energy auditing principles to determine energy efficiency measures and savings for new construction and upgrading of existing commercial buildings.


    • ENVI1089A

    This course introduces the fundamentals of electrical circuits and machines. Both DC and AC electrical theory and circuit application are studied. Students learn the concepts of charge, electric fields, voltage, current, power, energy, magnetic fields and the link between electricity and magnetism for the creation of machines. They also learn how to use the appropriate unit of measurement to measure voltage, current and impedance in an electrical circuit. Learning will be achieved through lectures, in-class activities, and laboratory experiments.

    This course provides the fundamentals of electrical power system analysis and design. Learners will study the basic components of electric power systems and their operating principles. They will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to analyze and design power systems for commercial buildings. The topics covered in the course have significant applications in many areas including power system operation, control, protection, and stability.


    • BEEB1213A

    This course provides the fundamentals of heating and cooling loads for commercial buildings. Students will examine the psychrometric properties of air as they apply to commercial building environmental conditions. Students will analyze and calculate heating and cooling loads and psychometrics for commercial buildings.

    This course introduces the fundamentals of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system operation, heating and cooling equipment types and HVAC system configurations. Students will understand the principles of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration found in commercial building applications. They will learn how to analyze, size, and select the appropriate HVAC equipment and components to suit the given heating and cooling loads of a commercial building.


    • BSSI1058A

    This course introduces the basics of refrigeration cycle, refrigeration systems and accessories used in commercial applications. Students will understand the basic thermodynamics, heat transfer, temperature and pressure relationship. They will examine components, functions and operation of commercial refrigeration systems including chillers and heat pumps. They will learn how to analyze, size, and select appropriate heating, cooling, and ventilation systems and components to suit a building's cooling needs. Learning is achieved through lectures, hands-on activities and assignments.


    • BSSI1059A

    This course examines basic components, function and operation of building communication systems including security, access control, CCTV, public address (PA) systems. Students will learn basic principles and methods for the design and analysis of commercial building communication systems. They will review safety codes and regulations that govern building communication systems.


    • BEEB1213A

    This course introduces the fundamental principles of commercial lighting system analysis and design. Emergency lighting and egress signage will also be discussed. Students will examine key elements of a lighting system. They will evaluate lighting systems, luminaries and associated components. They will learn the methods for calculating lighting illumination. They will review applicable lighting codes and regulations for commercial lighting systems.

    This course examines the basic components, function, and operation of a building fire protection system including fire detection, fire alarm and fire suppression systems. Students will learn basic principles and methods for the design and analysis of commercial fire protection systems. They will review codes and regulations that govern the building fire protection systems.

    This course introduces the basic principles of energy management. Students will learn the importance of monitoring and controlling energy and resource consumption in industrial and commercial settings.  They will learn how to develop and implement energy management programs and create energy reports.  Topics include energy analysis, benchmarking, evaluation of systems, reporting basics, survey instrumentation, system performance, efficiency, and optimization.

    This course introduces fundamental concepts and process of building commissioning for new and existing commercial buildings. The course focuses on phases of the commissioning process, commissioning procedures, required documentation and project deliverables. Students will understand the process and benefits of building commissioning. They will learn how the process can be applied to ensure that buildings are performing efficiently, thus maximizing the efficiency of operations.

    This course introduces the theory and practical application of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems as applied to commercial buildings. Students will discover how solar PV energy works and how it can be utilized for commercial buildings. They will learn basic components of a solar PV system and their function. They will also examine site assessment and feasibility analysis, good design and installation practices of PV systems. Learning will be achieved through lectures, in-class activities and assignments.


    • BEEB1213A

    This course, building on basic concept and practical application of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems previously covered in “Solar Energy 1,” explores the design and installation of PV systems and their applications both off-grid and on grid. Students will examine aspects involved in the evaluation, design, sizing and installation of solar PV systems.


    • ENVI1087A

    This course introduces the basic principles, procedures and tools and software used for energy auditing. The course focuses on energy auditing of commercial buildings. Students will develop the knowledge and skill to evaluate the energy efficiency and performance, create energy estimates, and recommend energy efficiency measures. They will understand the critical role energy audits play in creating more energy efficient buildings. Students will apply learned knowledge in a simulated or real-world environment.

    This course introduces the fundamentals of building automation systems (BAS). Students will learn how a BAS can be used to automate and monitor the building’s various environmental controls over heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and other critical building systems. They will have an opportunity to participate in the design, programming and operation of a commercial building automation system.


    • BEEB1213A

    This course presents an overview of the building codes and standards, laws, regulations, and acts, etc. that govern building and infrastructure planning, design and construction in Canada. Students will examine major standards, acts and regulations including roles and responsibilities for various building regulatory systems at various levels of government. Students will learn how those regulatory systems serve to create a framework for establishing and maintaining a built environment that is safe, resilient, sustainable and efficient. They will understand the importance of complying with the applicable national, provincial, municipal building codes, standards, regulations, and acts, etc., in construction projects.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities.

    This course examines the components and configuration of commercial building water systems. Topics include water supply, wastewater and storm water systems of a commercial building. Application of associated industry standards and building codes that govern the commercial building water systems will be discussed.


    • BEEB1213A

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    NOC Codes

    22301 - Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians

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