Faculty Researcher – Mechanical Engineering (HVAC) and Energy Recovery in Forestry and Agriculture

College of the North Atlantic Published: August 27, 2019
St. John's,
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Project Description

Agriculture and Forestry are two key industries on the West Coast of Newfoundland and Labrador that demonstrate a strong need for Clean Tech research and development. In fact, College of the North Atlantic’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation has received requests for four (4) applied research projects from various companies in the region, all of which require the design and assessment of energy efficient heating and ventilation systems in agricultural structures, lumber product production, and pulp and paper production waste management.

Project Overviews:

Project #1: Design calculations and experimental assessment protocol development for a ventilation and climate control system for a potato bulk storage facility.

Project #2: A cost-benefit comparison between a high efficiency wood furnace system and a geothermal heat pump for heating of commercial vegetable greenhouses.

Project #3: Exploring the feasibility of greenhouse heating using waste heat generated by a kiln during lumber production.

Project #4: Exploring opportunities to reduce or reuse wasted energy in effluent treatment at a pulp and paper mill

Duties and responsibilities

  • Site and infrastructure assessments to determine system requirements
  • Calculation of design parameters (flow rates, pressure drops etc.)
  • Production of design blueprints or design specifications
  • Analysis capital, fuel and other operating costs
  • Determination of performance measurements required
  • Discuss and evaluate alternative applications for waste heat and ventilation systems

Knowledge and skills

  • Knowledge of mechanical HVAC systems
  • Knowledge of effective energy consumption, reduction of waste heat
  • Knowledge of challenges and opportunities in both agriculture and forestry
  • Experience working on agricultural structures
  • Candidate must be an effective communicator and have strong time management skills

Education required

Minimum 3-year Mechanical Engineering Technology (HVAC) diploma or bachelor’s degree in an area that focuses on Mechanical Systems Assessment and Design


Certification required

Power engineering certification would be considered a strong asset


Eligibility criteria

Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.


Qualified interns are:

  • Post-secondary students and graduates
  • No more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Not receiving employment insurance during their internship
  • Available to work for at least six months
  • Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns)

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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