July 23, 2007

New course will enhance engineers' energy management skills

A new course designed to give professional engineers critical skills in energy management will be offered by the Advanced Design and Manufacturing Institute (ADMI) and McMaster University, beginning in August. The Master's level course, Optimization of Energy Efficiencies in Industrial Processes, is the first of its kind in Ontario and is open to practising professional engineers, as well as engineering graduate students, who want to develop their capacity in this emerging and critical area.

The course has been designed to fill a curriculum gap for engineers. Energy management in engineering processes, product development and manufacturing is a key issue for competitiveness. The ability to create new efficiencies will not only contribute to a company's profitability, it will reduce pressure on the electricity grid and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In many industrial organizations, efficient engineering practices together with effective energy management can generate substantial savings-as much as 40% of current energy costs).

The development of the course has been supported by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)'s Centre of Excellence for Energy. Led by Professor Mohamed Hamed of McMaster University, the course takes place at the Hatch Corporate Learning Centre in Mississauga.

The Centre of Excellence for Energy is one of five OCEs; the other four are focused on earth and environmental technologies, communications and information technology, materials and manufacturing, and photonics. The ADMI Master of Engineering in Design and Manufacturing, a partnership of five leading Ontario universities and OCE, is a part-time M Eng program specifically created to enhance the engineering design, manufacturing process, and business management skills of engineers working in industry. More information is available from David Kinahan, 416/861-1092, or on-line at www.admicanada.com or www.oce-ontario.org.

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