Photovoltaics and Solar Energy provides students with the skills to undertake the design, manufacture and implementation of photovoltaic cells and systems as well as other renewable energy technologies such as wind energy and biomass combustion.
A Masters by Coursework in Engineering Science with a specialization in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy can open up new areas of employment, both locally and overseas, for those who are seeking a career in the rapidly growing solar photovoltaics and renewable energy industries. It can also give students a strong background to prepare for a research program.
The Photovoltaics and Solar Energy specialization (plan) is designed to build on the previous education of engineers from other engineering disciplines who are attracted to the booming solar photovoltaic energy industry.
What will you study?
The Photovoltaics and Solar Energy plan is a flexible specialization with a range of courses that allow students to focus on one of a number of photovoltaic areas or on the renewable energy field in areas such as policy, wind energy and biomass energy.
In the core courses, students gain in-depth knowledge of solar cell devices, systems and applications in manufacturing facilities, the operation of solar cells and advanced designs.
Students have the opportunity to use the school’s award-winning stand-alone simulator of a real photovoltaics production facility as well as gain experience from site visits. They benefit from teaching software developed by the school as well as the involvement of industry leaders who participate as speakers.
The EngSc (Photovoltaics and Solar Energy) requires completion of Units of Credit (UOC) in the following components: Professional Development for those with limited background, Engineering and Technical Management and Specialization. Students enrolled in the Master or Master Extension can also undertake a project.
Jobs open to graduates
• Researching new renewable energy conversion devices
• Planning, managing and building new renewable energy equipment production facilities
• Designing and installing systems in rural areas and developing countries
• Training technicians and end-users in the operation and maintenance of systems
• Carrying out economic feasibility studies
• Implementing energy efficiency audits and providing environmentally sustainable building consultancies
• Designing major project infrastructure and managing multimillion dollar projects
• Providing high-level technical/ project input to management, financiers and markets
• Influencing and developing policies at community, corporate and government levels
• Working for major end users of renewable energy, such as communications companies
To be eligible to start a Master of Engineering Science program you need to have a recognized four-year Bachelor degree in an appropriate area of engineering with an Honours 2/2 or equivalent or an average of 65% in performance over the final two years of that degree.