Energy Transition Engineering

InTIME (Interdisciplinary Transition Innovation, Management and Engineering)

Course Description

This course aims to inspire and enable discovery and realization of effective change toward carbon emissions downshift in a variety of organizational contexts (engineering, education, business, government, non-profit organization, and community). The course explores new quantitative understanding of climate and resource challenges of unsustainable energy, resource, materials and growth.  The course guides students to advance their related capabilities, competencies, and strategies. The personal, interpersonal, organizational, and infrastructural dimensions of change leadership for energy and resource transition are addressed. 

A variety of specific case studies and examples of transition engineering in practice are explored. Transition engineering is a process of innovation and discovery when facing intractible wicked problems like urban car congestion, lack of affordable housing, fuel poverty, academic air travel. Transition engineering is also a new process of due diligence in any kind of industrial or civic enterprise. Interdependencies between finance, politics, relationships, cognitive processes, capacity building, communications and technology are discussed. Approaches for quantifying ideas, problems and scenarios are practiced. The course is interdisciplinary in that it teaches a new process that brings together leadership and engineering. 

The course teaches the Interdisciplinary Transition Innovation, Management and Engineering InTIME© process, which has been developed through 15 years of research. The leadership modules use the process which is a journey of exploration of possibilities and constraints to innovate new pathways that break with business as usual. You will learn about mega-issues of unsustainability, the economics of transition and the ways that narratives frame and limit possibilities. You will leave the course with a practical approach to the complex problems of energy transition and achieving net zero targets.

It is not possible for media, celebrities, politicians, economic or social leadership to do the work of changing engineered systems.  Engineers in every business and organisation will learn how to rapidly achieve the perspective shift and implement the straightforward  methodology to start building a sustainable future. This course is designed to enlist and enable EVERY engineer in the mission of re-developing all of the current engineered systems into low-carbon, low impact, high quality future. 


Transition Engineering, Building a Sustainable Future (2019) CRC Press available from Amazon or from the publisher using discount code FLR40 at checkout.

Course Content 

The course explores what carbon transition is and guides students to advance their related capabilities, competencies and strategies. 

Over the last decade of offering this course, we have developed a variety of effective conceptual frameworks and core insights to accelerate the learning process of our students. 

Students taking the course for credit will leave with a deeper experiential knowledge because they are required to complete a project involving a real life actual change agency project of their choice. Students typically find this project to be both deeply rewarding and central to the development of their knowledge and confidence as Transition Engineers, Managers and Policy Developers. 

This course is relevant for people in any profession and for those working in the for profit world the non-profit world and for people engaged in their own communities. It is as relevant for very experienced professions as it is for people just starting out. 

We need an army of skilled transition engineers and leaders in order to navigate the complexity and urgency of our global environmental crisis. In a world lacking adequate political, judicial and media leadership we can and must take leadership where we work and live, transforming our organisations en mass, and co-creating change at all levels of society. This course is designed to empower and prepare anyone that is willing to join in the collective effort to steer their organizations and communities through the carbon transition.

Course Structure

Each module has a set of lectures to watch, reading to do and guided modelling exercises. There are also discussion forums, blogs for you to post on, podcasts to listen to, and weekly zoom discussions of your ideas and analysis. 

You can claim the CPD hours that you spend on the different activities. The suggested credit is for 40 CDP credits

Course Cost

The online course is offered through the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and is administered by the Electricity and Power Engineering Centre (EPECentre). 

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Make credit card payment at the registration page and you will receive an email with instructions to get logged into the on-line educational platform. 


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