Program Information

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Throughout Canada only certified Power Engineers are permitted to operate, maintain and manage equipment such as boilers, compressors, turbines and refrigeration units.  Lambton College's newly renovated closed loop 107 KW power generation plant operates exclusively as a training facility and is located in Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies. This is the only training unit of its kind in Ontario and students work collaboratively to generate and operate the power plant. In addition, the Centre also offers many other state-of-practice laboratories including distillation pilot plants, water treatment facilities, computer simulators, electrical and control systems and much more.

You will gain knowledge and skills of plant operations and maintenance focusing on the 4th Class level in year one, the 3rd Class level in year two, and the 2nd Class level in the final year. 

There are 4 different levels of Operating Engineer status granted by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), each level involving more complex tasks which qualify individuals for higher level employment.  Lambton College's Power Engineering Technology program follows the curriculum of the standardized Power Engineer's examination committee (SOPEEC) and prepares students to write the TSSA examinations for 4th, 3rd and 2nd class certification.  

2nd Class Power Engineering certification is the highest level of power engineering training within the Ontario College system ensuring that Lambton College's Power Engineering Technology program offers employers highly trained and skilled graduates. Importantly, successful completion of our unique curriculum will allow students to qualify for steam time reduction.  

Steam Time Reduction

Steam time reduction decreases the time required working in industry to qualify for their Power Engineering certification. Students who successfully pass their 1st and 2nd term courses qualify for a 9 month steam time reduction. Students who complete the 4th Class Power Engineering certification prior to the 3rd and 4th academic terms will qualify for 11 months of 3rd Class steam time reduction.

Students who are successful in completing and obtaining their 3rd Class certification by the 5th academic term will qualify for 5 months of steam time reduction towards their 2nd Class certification after graduation.  Successful completion of the PETC program along with the previously mentioned CO-OP will result in a reduction of 25 months of steam time towards 2nd class certification.

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Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U
  • Grade 12 Mathematics C or U
  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry C or U
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    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 highly competitive, 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.

Course List

JSS-1001: Job Search and Success

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of how to conduct a job search and how to succeed in the work place. This includes self-reflection, effectively designing a cover letter and resume, online job searches utilizing social media, behavioural based interviewing as well as marketing oneself effectively in a job interview. Job safety, successful work strategies and harassment and discrimination plan of action is also discussed.

OES-1013: Operating Engineering Studies I

This is an introductory course in Operating Engineering, which will give a general overview of process equipment, systems, and techniques. The codes and regulations that apply to Operating Engineering will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on safety concerns such as WHMIS, plant safety, protective equipment, fire protection and extinguishing equipment, and environmental impacts. Process drawing fundamentals, basic process equipment such as steam traps, relief valves, piping systems, and lubrication systems will be studied.

OES-2123: Operating Engineering Calculations

This course aims to provide students of engineering technology disciplines with a solid foundation in mechanics for process operation and thermodynamics for steam plant operation, to the level required for 4th Class Operating Engineer Certification by Technical Standards & Safety Authority. The emphasis is on the understanding of the theory and applying it to solve practical problems of processes and plant.

MTH-1904: Mathematics for Technology I

This course reviews and develops concepts in algebra, trigonometry, complex numbers, and vectors with technical applications.

ICS-1203: Instrumentation for Power Engineers

COM-1013: Critical Thinking and Writing

In this writing course, students will respond to current issues and news articles via various styles of paragraphs and essays. Students will strive for clarity of message and diplomatic expression of opinion based on fact. Students will practice thinking critically and will organize and hone their writing to ensure clarity and correctness in their messages. Critical Thinking and Writing lays the foundation for a subsequent research- writing course.

CHM-1753: Chemistry for Power Engineers

OHS-2012: Health and Safety for Industrial Processes

The graduate of this course will have a good understanding of safety aspects of the law, the legal responsibilities of the workplace, and his/her own legal rights and responsibilities, as well as work processes and procedures being used in present-day industry. This course will give them a basic understanding of the Occupational Health & Safety Act and its associated Regulations, and an understanding of health and safety issues in an industrial setting.

OES-2115: Operating Engineering Studies - Boilers

This course covers theoretical knowledge required to understand the systems, processes and operation of various types of power plants, and helps prepares the student for the Power Engineering Certification Examinations. Topics covered include; combustion; piping; types of plants; instrumentation; boiler construction, parts and fittings; boiler operation and control, including legislation and regulations.

OES-3033: Operating Engineering Studies - HVAC

This course focuses on heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems, and building services. Low pressure steam and water heating systems including their operation, controls and basic maintenance are explored. Various HVAC layouts are examined, as well as humidification systems, heat recovery, and heat gain/loss by buildings. An introduction to building lighting, water, and sanitary sewer systems is included.

OES-3124: Operating Engineering Studies - Equipment

Operating equipment pertaining to various types of Industries will be discussed throughout this course. It offers a practical approach to pumps, air compressors, steam turbines and engines, gas turbines, and internal combustions engines. Their principles of operation, classifications, components, basic maintenance and troubleshooting will be explored and investigated through both theory and hands-on applications.

OES-3113: Refrigeration Theory and Systems I

This course covers the thermodynamics of refrigeration systems, classes of refrigerants and a thorough understanding of both vapour compression and absorption refrigeration systems. Compressors and heat transfer equipment as applied to refrigeration systems are covered. The operation, safety, controls, and maintenance of these systems are included, and applied to refrigeration trainer systems on site.

MEC-2212: Power Plant Maintenance

Students will gain knowledge of application of common hand tools, mechanical fasteners, hoisting equipment and power tools. There will be opportunity to work in the shop to gain practical experience with related tools and equipment. Equipment applied for hands-on experience includes pumps, compressors, and piping.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

CPL-1049: Co-op

Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to: https://www.lambtoncollege.ca/co-op_and_career/

OES-3202: 3rd Class Power Engineering A

Topics included in this course will coincide with other term courses to provide the complete picture of the 3rd Class Part A curriculum. This includes 3rd Class basic chemistry, metallurgy and materials, industrial drawings, and the study of fuels and combustion technology. Industrial safety and fire protection will also be reinforced.

OES-3314: Electro-Technology for Power Engineers

Students will study electrical technology and machines, and control systems as applicable to the 3rd Class power engineering requirements. AC and DC theory, magnetism, and application to motors and generators will be covered, as well as systems and switchgear. Electrical calculations related to this discipline are included. In addition, students will study pneumatic, electrical, and digital control loops and control schemes including and introduction to programmable logic controls and data acquisition systems.

OES-4114: Piping and Mechanical Systems

This is an advanced level course in materials and mechanical systems. Metals and non-metals materials are studied and the science of corrosion, including protection methods. Piping and pressure vessel materials, codes and calculations, connections, supports and insulation designs and methods are covered. A study of steam traps and piping systems to reduce water hammer is made. Welding processes, techniques, certification and testing are studied.

OES-5117: High Pressure Boilers and Auxilarie

This is a 3rd class level course in boiler operation, control, and basic maintenance of packaged boilers and high pressure boiler systems. A thorough understanding of the codes and standards pertaining to boilers will be gained. The various designs of boilers, ratings, internals, auxiliaries, and fittings are a part of this study, as well fuel systems, draft systems, internal water treatment and water pre-treatment. Operating experience will be gaining in our 3rd class boiler and steam turbine laboratory facility to reinforce this material.

STA-4902: Statistics for Technology

This course contains descriptive statistics, basic probability, regression analysis, and probability distributions, including the binomial distribution and normal distribution. The statistical ideas of sampling and confidence intervals are introduced, and applications of probability and statistics are studied, such as reliability and statistical process control.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

OES-4124: Operating Engineering Studies - Advanced Equipment

This course expands upon previous material to look in detail at pump theory including pump head calculations, pipe friction, net positive suction head, and pump sizing and installation considerations. Coverage of fluid statics and dynamics are integral to this fluids theory. Gas compressor theory of isothermal, polytropic, and adiabatic compression will be studied as well as the study of various types of compressors and control devices. Steam turbine systems and thermodynamics as well as gas turbine systems will be covered. Emphasis on heat exchangers and other common process equipment will be made so that the student has a deeper understanding of the theory and operation of most common process equipment.

OES-5123: Operating Engineering Calculations II

This course is to further develop the skills and knowledge in applied mechanics and applied thermodynamics obtained in OES 2123 (Operating Engineering Calculations I), which are of 4th class level of the Ontario Operating Engineer Certification. This course covers the advanced parts of applied mechanics, heat, thermal expansions and contractions, calorimetry, applied thermodynamics, and combustion, to the 3rd and 2nd class levels. Calculations are performed towards problem solving in these subject areas as preparation for higher level Operating Engineers examinations

OES-5214: Refrigeration Theory and Systems II

This course reinforces and advances previous knowledge of vapor compression and absorption refrigeration by looking at higher levels of refrigeration theory. An introduction to thermodynamic calculations related to gas compression and refrigeration systems will also be addressed. The operation, maintenance and trouble shooting of these systems are covered, along with a detailed study of refrigeration system measurement and control systems. Safety concerns and regulations will also be thoroughly examined.

OES-6052: Plant Administration, Safety and Fire Protection

Topics of this plant management centered course include a management level understanding of legislation, codes and standards that affect the work place. Responsibilities and duties of all levels of engineers and managers in a production facility are emphasized. Also included are legislation and programs for safety in plants, a thorough understanding of fire protection systems, and plant engineering drawings. The course first examines various codes, regulations, acts and legislations from a safety and management perspective. Students then work towards a more complete understanding of industrial drawings and plant maintenance procedures. Also covered are typical requirements for emergency response and incident investigation and typical fire systems used in industrial plants.

COM-2043: Communications for Technology II

Technical writing differs from most student writing; therefore, it is necessary for students to learn the structure, nuances, and style of technical writing to be successful in completing labs, summaries, and reports. Through research writing and documentation, and through oral presentations, successful students will gain important transferrable skills that provide the basis for technical communication required in their other coursework and the workplace.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

OES-5033: Alternative Power Processes

This course is a study of electricity generation using renewable resources such as solar, wind and biomass energy. Power Engineering Technology students need to be familiar with renewable electricity generation, as it is becoming more common due to environmental reasons and the subsidies available.

OES-7014: Plant Administration and Applied Mechanics

The Plant Administration and Applied Mechanics course has been designed based on the SOPEEC syllabus to prepare students for TSSA exam 2A-1. The course aligns with the PanGlobal Power Engineering 2nd Class - A1 textbook and is designed so that students can complete the weekly readings and assignments around their work schedule. Topics of study include calculations of ASME vessel component thicknesses, reinforcement compensation of openings, firetube boiler components and stays. Applied Mechanics calculations are also covered in areas of statics and dynamics. Students must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the Act and Regulations, and apply the knowledge to management principles for a typical plant including maintenance and safety administration. The final exam in this course is modelled on the format and question type of the SOPEEC exam to further help students prepare for the 2A-1 exam. This course is for 3rd Class Stationary Engineers preparing to take the TSSA 2nd Class Stationary Engineering Qualification. Students are responsible for ensuring they meet TSSA eligibility requirements for challenging the exam.

MTH-2904: Mathematics for Technology II

This course contains elements of algebra, and introduces the concept of functions including graphing. It also introduces differential and integral calculus with basic applications.

OES-7024: Advanced Thermodynamics and Material Science

The Advanced Thermodynamics and Material Science course has been designed based on the SOPEEC syllabus to prepare students for TSSA exam 2A-2. The course aligns with the PanGlobal Power Engineering 2nd Class - A2 textbook and is designed so that students can complete the weekly readings and assignments around their work schedule. Topics of study include calculations of thermal expansion in solids, liquids and gases. Gas laws and problems involving expansion or compression of gases are covered in detail. Thermodynamics of steam including entropy lead into calculations of steam cycles in a power plant setting. Heat engine cycles for various types of engines are detailed. Candidates will demonstrate a thorough understanding of material properties, composition, treatments and uses. Corrosion principles and control methods are covered. Mechanical testing of materials for both destructive and NDE methods are detailed. The course includes a final exam modelled on the format and question type of the SOPEEC exam to further help students prepare for the 2A-2 exam. This course is for 3rd Class Stationary Engineers preparing to take the TSSA 2nd Class Stationary Engineering Qualification. Students are responsible for ensuring they meet TSS eligibility requirements for challenging the exam.

OES-7034: Advanced Boiler Systems and Pumps

The Advanced Boiler Systems and Pumps course has been designed based on the SOPEEC syllabus to prepare students for TSSA exam 2A-3. The course aligns with the PanGlobal Power Engineering 2nd Class - A3 textbook and is designed so that students can complete the weekly readings and assignments around their work schedule. Topics of study include an advanced study of steam generator design, applications, installation, and components. Advanced operations including water treatment and maintenance procedures are emphasized. A more detailed investigation of pumps included theory, and control methodology is also covered. The course includes a final exam modelled on the format and question type of the SOPEEC exam to further help students prepare for the 2A-3 exam. This course is for 3rd Class Stationary Engineers preparing to take the TSSA 2nd Class Stationary Engineering Qualification. Students are responsible for ensuring they meet TSSA eligibility requirements for challenging the exam.

OES-6124: Advanced Power Plant Simulator

Students will study a Combined Cycle power plant simulation which includes a Gas Turbine & Generator, Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG), three stage Steam Turbine & Generator, Condenser & Hot Well, Cooling Tower, and steam utility plant auxiliary equipment, through to the electrical power generation. Proper operating procedures are stressed, and the students are required to perform a full start-up and shutdown of the unit in a safe yet timely manner. The simulator allows for the introduction of process and equipment malfunctions that will require student response of appropriate nature.

ENV-6114: Environmental Management

Leading-edge process operations are successful when the end product is produced safely and in an environmentally sound way. Modern technologists in the process industry are called on to carry out a wide range of tasks including environmental source control. This course is designed to develop a basic understanding of industrial process impact on environment, strategies of environmental protection as well as to appreciate responsibilities of process operators towards environment. The course emphasizes the importance of ecosystem concepts, societal demands, communication and environmental laws as they apply to chemical production facilities.

OES-7044: Heat Engine, Piping and Plant Documentation

The Heat Engines, Piping and Plant Documentation course has been designed based on the SOPEEC syllabus to prepare students for TSSA exam 2B-1. The course aligns with the PanGlobal Power Engineering 2nd Class - B1 textbook and is designed so that students can complete the weekly readings and assignments around their work schedule. Students are introduced to the theoretical principles, mechanical details, maintenance, lubrication and operation of various heat cycle engines including steam turbines, internal combustion engines, and gas turbines. A high level study of piping installations including code requirements is included. Students learn to interpret and comprehend the various types of plant drawings encountered including orthographic, P & IDs and flow diagrams, and other related documentation. The course includes a final exam modelled on the format and question type of the SOPEEC exam to further help students prepare for the 2B-1 exam. This course is for 3rd Class Stationary Engineers preparing to take the TSSA 2nd Class Stationary Engineering Qualification. Students are responsible for ensuring they meet TSSA eligibility requirements for challenging the exam.

OES-7054: Power Plant Systems, Combustion, and Environment

The Power Plant Systems, Combustion and Environment course has been designed based on the SOPEEC syllabus to prepare students for TSSA exam 2B-2. The course aligns with the PanGlobal Power Engineering 2nd Class - B2 textbook and is designed so that students can complete the weekly readings and assignments around their work schedule. A complete overview of complex power plant systems is a major topic of study. A detailed look at plant instrumentation and control systems is studied. Detailed theory and controls of combustion systems for steam plants is included, with emphasis on environmental protection systems and operations requirement from air, water, and solids perspectives. The course includes a final exam modelled on the format and question type of the SOPEEC exam to further help students prepare for the 2B-2 exam. This course is for 3rd Class Stationary Engineers preparing to take the TSSA 2nd Class Stationary Engineering Qualification. Students are responsible for ensuring they meet TSSA eligibility requirements for challenging the exam.

OES-7064: Electro-Technology, Compression, and Refrigeration

The Electrotechnology, Compression and Refrigeration course has been designed based on the SOPEEC syllabus to prepare students for TSSA exam 2B-3. The course aligns with the PanGlobal Power Engineering 2nd Class - B3 textbook and is designed so that students can complete the weekly readings and assignments around their work schedule. The course includes a more advanced study of the theory of operation of electrical machines and electrical distribution systems, leading into a detailed look at the construction and characteristics of AC and DC motors, generators, and other electrical equipment. The other major areas of study are principles, equipment and auxiliary systems with respect to gas compression systems and large scale refrigeration plants. Safety and code requirements are emphasized. The course includes a final exam modelled on the format and question type of the SOPEEC exam to further help students prepare for the 2B-3 exam. This course is for 3rd Class Stationary Engineers preparing to take the TSSA 2nd Class Stationary Engineering Qualification. Students are responsible for ensuring they meet TSSA eligibility requirements for challenging the exam.

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Technology Requirements

This program requires a laptop.

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Employment Opportunities

With fewer graduates than job vacancies in the industry there are positions available at every class level across Canada and the demand is only expected to increase.  

  • The Institute of Power Engineers (IPE) reports that an entry level power engineer (4th Class) can expect to make $25-$30 per hour.  
  • Top 1st Class Engineers can make upwards of $200,000 after years or even decades of training and experience. 

Our graduates apply their skills to a wide variety of employment options in: electric power generation, chemical manufacturing, food processing, 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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