OSU-Cascades’ energy systems engineering (ESE) program is a combination of mechanical and industrial engineering core courses supplemented with energy-related and business management courses, and is offered in partnership with Oregon State University’s College of Engineering.
Energy systems engineers oversee complex energy conversion and distribution systems, work to improve energy storage systems, and manage the efficient use of energy in building, manufacturing, and processing systems. These engineers also study the secondary effects of energy usage from a local environmental impact, regional and national economic impact, and global climate change perspective.
Energy systems engineers pursue a variety of careers and jobs, such as:
Managing operations of a wind turbine farm
Analyzing efficiency of hydro-electric power systems
Overseeing production of innovative fuel-cell technologies
Evaluating the economic viability of new solar power installations
Assessing the environmental impact of alternative energy systems
Researching the use of natural gas to fuel vehicles
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OSU College of Engineering
OSU’s College of Engineering is a professional school in that students must complete pre-engineering requirements before they apply to the ESE program. Students can complete pre-engineering courses for ESE through the dual-enrollment program between OSU-Cascades and Central Oregon Community College (COCC). Upper level ESE courses are then taken at OSU-Cascades.
The ESE program will only be offered by OSU at OSU-Cascades. OSU pre-engineering students in Corvallis need to transfer to OSU-Cascades and complete the upper level ESE courses in Bend.
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Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP)
Students in the energy systems engineering program have the option to apply to MECOP, an engineering internship cooperative. Although they extend the length of time to obtain a B.S. degree, MECOP internships allow students to gain valuable practical experience and earn competitive wages. Students may also set up internships on their own (not affiliated with MECOP) with help from the program faculty. ESE courses are scheduled to allow 6-month internships over the spring and summer academic quarters.
The energy systems engineering program is ABET accredited. This accreditation is retroactive to the first ESE B.S. graduate in Fall 2012.