Energy Systems Engineering

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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

Learn about additional career opportunities in the energy systems engineering field

Energy Management Market to Almost Double by 2020

Program and Requirements

Energy Systems Engineering Overview (PDF)

Energy Systems Engineering Student Outcomes

Energy Systems Engineering Checklist (PDF)

Energy Systems Engineering Sample Curriculum

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.

Energy Systems Engineering Professional School Application

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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.

ABET Accreditation

The Energy Systems Engineering program is working toward attaining ABET accreditation now that the first graduates completed the ESE program, which is a requirement for ABET accreditation. OSU has an outstanding track record with accreditation, so OSU’s College of Engineering is confident that the ESE program will be approved. Students graduating from ESE prior to accreditation will be able to claim completion of an ABET accredited program once accreditation is granted.

Energy Systems Lab

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World class energy conversion exploration is conducted at the OSU-Cascades Energy Systems Lab (ESL).

ESE Faculty

robin feuerbacherRobin Feuerbacher, Assistant Professor and Tykeson Endowed Faculty Scholar

hagenChris Hagen, Assistant Professor