Students in this program will acquire the skills, knowledge and theory to successfully operate, maintain and manage steam and power equipment at industrial plants. Power engineers operate, maintain, and manage industrial plants that use equipment such as boilers and refrigeration units. In every Canadian province and territory, only certified power engineers are permitted to operate such equipment. This career has certain physical requirements.

In 2011, Lambton College was approved by the TSSA to offer the 3rd Class practical time reduction in addition to the 4th Class previously attained. This will provide widespread career opportunities for Power Engineering Technology graduates.

Students could potentially select an option to exit the program after taking the 4th Class curriculum, which occurs in the first three terms of the Power Engineering Technology program. It is necessary to have the 4th Class practical time completed as well, to receive a technician diploma upon exit. As per TSSA requirements, students must also obtain 4th Class certification prior to progressing to the 3rd Class portion of the program. For further assistance, please contact the program coordinator.

Students entering this program are entering a Mobile Learning program. See technology requirements.


Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:
Grade 12 Mathematics C or U
Grade 12 English C or U
Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry C or U OR Grade 11 or 12 Physics C or U (both recommended, only one is required)

Please Note: Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology or any Grade 12 U Mathematics is recommended. Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (MAP4C) minimum final grade of 60%. If the program is oversubscribed, students with Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology or any Grade 12 U Mathematics will be given preference.

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For all other admission requirements applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Employment Opportunities

Skills in power engineering are in high demand in many industries and types of businesses. Graduates will be able to apply their skills to a wide variety of employment options in: power generation, chemical manufacturing, food processing, electrical generation, breweries, petroleum refining, pulp and paper, recreational facilities and institutions such as schools and hospitals. Power Engineers have the opportunity to increase their credentials throughout their career, progressing all the way to 1st Class Power Engineers.

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Power Engineering is not an apprenticeship trade; however, like apprenticeship trades, it is divided into levels of skill and training. The levels are referred to as classes with First Class being the highest level and Fourth Class being the lowest level. A combination of work experience and course completions followed by rigorous interprovincial examinations allows a power engineer to progress from one class to another. This program provides the background to complete the exams for inter-provincial certification as a Third Class Power Engineer.