Power Engineering Technology


Program Information

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.

Device Requirements

This program requires a mobile device (laptop or tablet).

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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 OR Grade 11 or 12 Physics C or U (both recommended, only one is required)

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.

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.

Educational Pathways

See where you could go within Ontario to complete a degree once you've completed this Lambton College program.


TSSA 4th Class Certification Requirements

  • TSSA administered 4A and 4B exams (requires additional fees paid by the student)
  • The requisite amount of steam time as defined by the TSSA. 

TSSA 3rd Class Certification Requirement

  • 4th Class Stationary Engineering Certificate (see above) is required prior to the 3rd academic term to be eligible for 3rd class steam time reduction.
  • Successful completion of the TSSA 3rd Class exams. These are administered by the TSSA and require additional fees paid for by the student.
  • The requisite amount of steam time as defined by the TSSA. 

TSSA 2nd Class Certification Requirements

  • 3rd Class Stationary Engineering Certificate (see above) 
  • Successful completion of the TSSA 2nd Class exams. These are administered by the TSSA and require additional fees paid for by the student.
  • The requisite amount of steam time as defined by the TSSA



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