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Overview

The Sustainable Energy Management Advanced Certificate (SEMAC) program is a partnership between BC Hydro, FortisBC and BCIT, with initial funding support from the Natural Resources Canada - Office of Energy Efficiency. The program is designed to support employment opportunities in the emerging field of sustainable energy management, with focus on the energy demands of commercial, institutional, industrial and community facilities.

The target audience for this advanced certificate are those that are interested in expanding their knowledge and initiatives into sustainable energy management or are interested in changing careers.

The SEMAC program is a completely online part-time studies program that will provide graduates with the skills and knowledge of sustainable energy management principles, approaches, techniques, and tools, in order to be able to function quickly and effectively in the energy management industry. Energy management is the practice of energy conservation, in short making sure that industry is only using the energy it needs and that that energy is being used as efficiently as possible. This program consists of nine courses that cover the technical aspects of energy management along with the business aspects and human behavior aspects. This holistic program provides graduates with a well-rounded base for succeeding in the energy management industry.

The program will use lectures and self-guided learning as the primary method to develop the knowledge and applied skills of the learners. Learning methodologies will also include case studies, project work, group collaboration, and student presentations.

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Missed an info session?

If you've missed a Sustainable Energy Management information session, you can watch the program overview and the Q&A session

Note: This information session was held April 13, 2016 and topics discussed in this session are subject to change without notice.

Program Entry

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day)

Entrance requirements

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Step 1: Pre-entry assessment

Applicants are required to complete a pre-entry assessment form to review their work experience and how they meet the entrance requirements.

  • Applicants that do not meet all entrance requirements may receive a study plan indicating required pre-entry courses.

The pre-entry assessment can be completed and emailed to BCIT_SEMAC@bcit.ca

You can apply if you have had the pre-entry assessment and have completed any necessary pre-entry courses. A completed pre-entry assessment form from the program area must be uploaded to complete your application.

Step 2: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Math 11 (67%)

  • Entry options: one of the following:

    Option 1:

    • Recognized diploma or degree in a related field (e.g. Civil Engineering, Building, Construction Management, Electrical Engineering, Business, Facilities Management, Mechanical Engineering, Operations Management) AND a minimum of five years working experience.

    Option 2:

    • Interprovincial Red Seal in a related trade (e.g. Instrumentation and Control Technician, Industrial Electrician) AND a minimum of five years working experience.

    Option 3:

    • Twenty years of related work experience in the fields of facilities, energy, business, trades and/or project management.

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Applicants are expected to be proficient with word processing, spreadsheet programs and file management.

  • Although not mandatory, prior work experience in the fields of facilities, energy, business, trades, and/or project management would be greatly beneficial for the on-the-job success of SEMAC graduates.

Professional development

Subject to departmental approval and course availability, students may take up to three courses for professional development without having to first apply to the program. A minimum of a diploma or equivalent work experience is required. Applicants will have to either take CESA 5100 - Energy Basics or show that they have the equivalent background before permission is granted to register in any of the courses. Please contact BCIT_SEMAC@bcit.ca for more information.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

If a student believes that they are eligible for transfer credit, the Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process is used. Generally, the student meets with the instructor who will review the student's credentials and experiences. The instructor will make a recommendation to the program head. The PLAR process has a fee attached (usually half the course tuition). Recommendations may include: no PLAR, full credit awarded, requirement to audit the course, complete certain course outcomes to the satisfaction of the instructor, and/or write the final exam.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Students pay course by course. Check current availability of courses for this program for individual course tuition.

Books and supplies

$500 (general estimated cost, subject to change)

Courses

Class hours

Students enroll in one course at a time.

For each course in the program there will be a requirement to log in to the course via Desire to Learn (D2L) during one evening a week. During these times, there may be a lecture, guest lecturer and/or class discussions. For the rest of the week, students will work at their own pace to complete the weekly assignments or tasks. Though self-paced, each course will have set timelines for the completion of assignments and quizzes.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Required Courses: Credits
  CESA 5100 Energy Basics 2.5
  CESA 5300 Energy Systems 4.0
  CESA 5400 Operations Management 4.0
  CESA 5500 Codes and Standards 1.0
  CESA 5600 Energy Audit 2.5
  CESA 5700 Decision Making 2.5
  CESA 5800 Change Management 2.5
  CESA 5850 Strategic Planning for Energy Management 2.5
  CESA 5900 Project Development 2.5
 
Total Credits: 24.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program location

This program is offered through distance and online learning.

Program abandonment

  1. Students approved for a part-time studies program are expected to register and complete courses on a continuous basis.
  2. Where a student has not completed a course from their approved program of study over a period of three consecutive academic terms, then that student will be considered to have abandoned the program.
  3. Throughout the duration of the program, a student is permitted a maximum of five academic terms where they are not required to register and complete a course from their approved program of study. Students who exceed the five-term maximum will be considered to have abandoned the program.
  4. Students who have abandoned their approved program of study and wish to be reinstated will be required to re-apply to the program. BCIT cannot guarantee that courses taken prior to this re-application will be credited towards the current credential.

BCIT Policy 5103 - Student Evaluation [PDF] permits a maximum of three attempts to successfully complete each course within a credential.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Although the program is aimed at filling BC Hydro’s need for energy managers and Fortis BC's need for Energy Specialists, additional opportunities exist for graduates in the many governmental energy or energy-related (including GHG) agencies:

  • Non-profit sector employment (e.g. working to educate the population or auditing for other NGOs)
  • Specialized sales representative understanding the reality of the energy manager working with BC Hydro. They could be working for:
    • Energy management software manufacturers / distributors (e.g. Pulse Energy)
    • Building systems and controls manufacturers / distributors - small or big (e.g. Honeywell)
    • Other companies in the energy sector (e.g. Nexterra)
  • Energy manager / project manager / sales representative for the big ESCO players (e.g. Honeywell, Johnson Controls)
  • Energy manager in other sectors (e.g. engineering consultant)
  • Educator (e.g. corporate training)

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the online program work?

The SEMAC program consists of nine courses. The length of a course can differ from five weeks to fifteen weeks, depending on the number of credits. When each course starts you log into D2L, BCIT’s online learning system. You work through the content by yourself but often have group assignments. Your instructor is there to answer questions, run live webinar sessions, moderate discussion forums and support you in your learning. Quizzes and exams are taken online as well. The scheduled live webinar sessions with your instructors are usually no more than two hours per week in the evening. These sessions are recorded so that you can also watch them at a later date.

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How long is the program and what is the course schedule?

The program is offered in two different formats depending on how quickly you would like to finish the program.

1.5 year option: takes approximately 16 months to complete. Courses run from September to June, with a break for Christmas in the first year. You then take a two month summer break during July and August. Courses start again in September and finish in December. During this time you will be taking two courses at all times. A visual representation of the 1.5 year option can be view in this PDF.

2.5 year option: takes approximately 28 months to complete. Courses run from September to June, with a break for Christmas in the first year. You then take a two month summer break during July and August. You then same format for year two. Then after year two courses start again in September for the third year and finish in December. During this time you will be taking one course at a time for all semesters except for the last one, where you will take two courses. A visual representation of the 2.5 year option can be view in this PDF.

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How much time per week do I need to spend on the program?

This depends on the course and how many courses you have each semester. For example, the first course is a 36 hour course and it is offered over 10 weeks. On average, you should expect up to 3 hours of homework and readings on top of your class time. A 36 hour course would require a maximum of 144 hours over 10 weeks. Expect to spend between 6 to 14 hours a week to complete this course.

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Do I get to meet my classmates in person?

Yes, the first day of class is an “in person” session at BCIT. We ask students to come in for the weekend to get to know their classmates a bit. If you live too far away to join us for the weekend we will happily make exceptions for people to join us in webinar format.

Students have, in the past, organized informal social events with other students in the program to help stay in touch.

We also love to see students attend convocation after the have graduated, this can be a great celebration and networking opportunity for the cohort.

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Can I just take a few courses or do I have to take the whole program?

The SEMAC program is best taken in sequence, starting with CESA 5100 in the fall. If you intend to take the program we highly suggest you take it in order.

Some students come from backgrounds where they already have quite a bit of experience with energy management. Quite often these students are presently employed as energy management professionals. They might be looking for some specific courses to improve or refresh their skill set and if so, may be allowed to take “one-off classes” with permission from the Program Head.

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What kinds of jobs can I get when I graduate from this program?

This program was originally designed to allow people with the correct background and experience to be hired into the Energy Manager and Energy Specialist programs at BC Hydro and FortisBC. Some of our graduates have gone into these roles over the past few years. Many other individuals work in various supporting fields of energy management.

The following are examples of job titles of past students:

  • Energy Specialist/Manager/Director
  • Energy and Sustainability Manager
  • Energy Engineer
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Project/Sales Manager
  • Technical Sales Manager
  • Senior Consultant
  • Business Energy Advisor

The following organizations are examples of where students have found work:

  • Institutions
  • Consulting Firms
  • Health Care
  • Industrial Manufacturing
  • Non-Profit Associations
  • Municipalities
  • Hospitality Industry
  • Private Consulting Business

Additional opportunities exist for graduates:

  • Non-profit sector employment
  • Specialized sales representative understanding the reality of the energy manager working with BC Hydro and FortisBC
  • Building systems and controls manufacturers / distributors
  • Other companies in the energy sector
  • Energy manager / project manager / sales representative for the big ESCOs
  • Energy manager in other sectors (e.g. engineering consultant)
  • Educator (e.g. corporate training)
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How many energy manager and specialist positions are currently available?

This number is constantly in flux. Please take a look at BC Hydro and FortisBC’s web pages to learn more.

BC Hydro – Energy Managers

FortisBC

  • Energy Specialists
    (this link provides a list of the existing energy specialist positions)

What kinds of networking opportunities are there for me in this program?

The program offers many optional networking opportunities with industry over its 16 month duration. Most are offered in the last few months of the program as students begin to plan the next steps in their careers.

How much does this program cost and is there financial aid?

The total cost of the program in 2016 was approximately $5750. This cost includes the cost of text books and will go up each year. Payments are made as each course is started rather than as a lump sum at the beginning of the program.

This program is not eligible for financial aid through BCIT’s financial aid office.

The SEMAC program has partnered with FortisBC to provide a grant available to Aboriginal students interested in the SEMAC program. More information can be found on the Aboriginal Services web pages.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Andrea Linsky P.Eng., CEM
Program Head
604-432-8697

Alexandre Hebert
Energy and Sustainability Manager, School of Construction and the Environment
604-451-7011

Advisory committee

  • Bruce Cullen, Pulse Energy
  • Colin Norman, FortisBC
  • Luisa Mora, City of Coquitlam
  • Luke Ferdinands, Energy Advantage Inc.
  • Michael Urbas, Great Canadian Casinos
  • Robert Greenwald, Prism Engineering
  • Sarah Buckle, TransLink
  • Susan Doig, Capilano University
  • Caroline Jackson, City of North Vancouver
  • Peter Easton, WSP Canada
  • Greg Lehoux, BC Hydro
  • Scott Sinclair, SES Consulting
  • Michael Travers, BC Hydro

Contact Us

Andrea Linsky
Program Head
Sustainable Energy Management
BCIT_SEMAC@bcit.ca

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