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"We want course participants to go beyond book knowledge to become energy champions establishing an energy management team and enabling a culture change at their workplace," says Phil McKay, Project Coordinator at the University of Windsor's Faculty of Engineering, as he describes the upcoming Advanced Professional Certificate in Energy Management offered through the university in partnership with the Ontario Power Authority.
The course, which runs from January 17 to 19, 2011, builds on the success of similar courses held over the past year. The most recent one, offered in September 2010, was attended by a range of participants, including representatives from the mining, food and beverage sectors and from utilities and energy providers. One of the participants, Onorio D'Agostini, Plant Manager at Hiram Walker and Sons in Windsor, Ontario, says, "I appreciated the overall scope and the utility of the information presented."
The course is targeted at finance managers, facility superintendents, production and maintenance supervisors, floor level operators and directors, as well as entrepreneurs and start-up owners. The intensive course integrates theory and case studies on such topics as renewable energy, compressed air systems, the thermodynamics of industrial processes, steam boilers, energy monitoring and targeting and energy management systems.
McKay says, "Participants learn about a variety of basic energy systems and get the tools to carry out an energy assessment at their sites. They are also provided with the resources to develop and sustain an energy management program in their facility."
"The instructors work with participants for one year through the University of Windsor's Distance Education Program to provide input and ideas." This follow-up is built into the cost of the course. Participants requiring additional support have the option of working with 360 Energy Inc., a key partner in the course delivery, at a reduced rate.
"We are driven by energy savings that a company will achieve after taking the course," says McKay, explaining that during the follow-up year, real and projected energy savings will be tracked for initiatives that can be attributed to the course.
For more information, visit www.uwindsor.ca/energymanagementcourse.
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