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ONLINE Short Course
GATE is now offering training for Engineering Professionals in any discipline.
Energy Transition Engineering, Management and Policy
Learn to move your perspective, get un-stuck from the Business-As-Usual, and discover the real value creation in carbon downshift.
Global warming, resource constraints, pollution, environmental destruction, and now the COVID-19 pandemic means a rapidly changing understanding of the role of engineers. This course will prepare you to contribute to the transition of all current systems. There has never been a greater need for engineering to respond to the challenges of mitigation and adaptation.
One business leader explained why they supported their team to take the course:
“We need help with the complex problems of transition to zero carbon while managing all of the pressing demands of our core business and rapidly changing business and social context.”
In times of uncertainty and disruption, policymakers, business managers and communities will need Transition Engineers in all fields to help with the massive transformational changes required.
The course follows the amazing break-out best-seller Transition Engineering, Building a Sustainable Future.
The founder of the Transition Engineering movement, Professor Susan Krumdieck brings you a global community of learners and do-ers. As more and more engineers learn the approach, methodology and tools of Transition Engineering, key novel technologies and systems are emerging. The students in this class also form the community innovating the pathway to the future our children are striking for.
Introduction - What is the role of engineers in changing the future? Can you save the Titanic?
Module 1 - The Mega-Issues of Unsustainability Recast as Engineering Requirements
Accumulation of Greenhouse Gas, Fossil Fuel Supply, but particularly the problem of Peak Oil. The Monkey Trap
Module 2 - Problems of Unsustainability in Complex, Global Systems
Sustainability Principles, Carrying Capacity, Resource Constraints, Population, Water, Lifestyle Expectations - but mostly the problem of Exponential Growth. Bacteria in the Jar
Module 3 - Complexity and Communication - "Show me the numbers"
Numerization is the key to cutting through the emotion and nonsense. Finding good data and making straightforward investigations. Presenting energy data in graphs and figures and exploring future scenarios. A look at Hydroelectric power and geothermal power - the biggest renewable electricity potential by far. The Fox and the Hedgehog and the Bigger Picture
Module 4 - Transition Engineering Methodology (InTIME)
The Interdisciplinary Transition Innovation, Management and Engineering (InTIME) methodology and how to use it for wicked problems. The Wickedest Problem: Transport. Blind Men and the Elephant.
Module 5 - InTIME Models and Tools
Theory of Anthropogenic System Dynamics, Development Vector, Strategic Analysis of Complex Systems. A look at Electricity and the wicked problem of getting what we want. InTIME Example – the City of Dunedin, reduce oil use 50% by 2050.
Module 6 - Economic Decisions, Transition Economics
Cost of Energy, Environmental Externalities and Health Effects. Standard economic
analysis. Emperor's New Clothes. Energy Return on Energy Invested (EROI) and other ways to look at the future. Low-Hanging Fruit. The Matrix Game and taking the red pill - The Big DO
Expectations for the Transition Engineering course
- Start any time, progress at your own pace
- 6 Modules delivered on line with live lectures delivered to a class at Canterbury University and recorded for on-demand viewing
- Companion text, Transition Engineering, Building a Sustainable Future, CRC Press, 2019
- Each Module has 3 lectures, podcasts, examples, and modelling resources
- Participant community discussion forums and tutor support
- Participants will practice the InTIME Methodology on a wicked problem in their own community or company
It is more than a short course - it is a community and a movement
- Weekly Zoom discussion groups discuss current topics and work through wicked problems and InTIME projects.
- The "Investment Ready Shift Projects" developed by the participants will be showcased in a new Transition Mosaic
- In November, the participants will present their projects and hold a Convergence with other Transition Engineers from around the world.
- Participants who successful complete the course and a project can apply for membership in GATE as full members.
- Transition HQ is a new Collaborative Hot Desk where economists, councils and organisations can access Transition Engineering services from a range universities and consultancies.
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If you are a CEO or manager and employ engineers, this course can help your organisation navigate the unprecedented changes to what we used to consider 'normal'. We strongly suggest that you enrol a team of engineers in the course. Sponsors can offer enrolment in the course and innovative freedom to young top talent in your organisation. The learning outcomes include working knowledge of the Interdisciplinary Transition Innovation, Management and Engineering (InTIME) Methodology and key strategic analysis tools. You will gain confidence in the face of what seem like entrenched positions and impossible problems. By the end of the course, you and your organisation will be much more prepared to discover opportunities for transition and to adapt to the future trends in energy and economic downshift.
Enrolment, University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand
The course is hosted and administered by the EPECentre for all engineering disciplines. Register here:
Reviews and Student Feedback
"This course would easily have to be one of the most interesting courses I have taken." Finn 2019
"I have found your lectures very entertaining and it amazes me that every lecture, you seem to touch on something that has been very relevant." Alex 2019
"A big thank you for the transition engineering class that you gave us this semester. It gave me a deep sight into the problems we have, how you can flip your perspective and also how to bust myths ;-)" Philip 2018
"I would like to thank you for the course which as fascinating and that I really appreciated." Charlie 2018
"The principles in TE have really opened up new doors and have been helpful in cracking the tough nut of our steam generators." Mike 2018
"I get and very much agree with what was presented in the course. Brilliant. What you highlight is how big the task we're facing is. I'll ponder what you advocate here, discuss it with some of my cohorts, and keep in touch. I envisage us working towards listing the most important issues facing us in our organisation, where our strengths lie, what's sustainable, what's not, and so on. It would be very good if we could emerge as a region as a place where the majority of the citizenry 'get it' and are determined to change course accordingly." Brian 2017