Power Engineering Technology


Course List

Term 1

SDV-1001: College Orientation

This course surveys the ideas, strategies, and skills that a beginning student can use to be successful in college. Personal organization and study skills are discussed together with a description of college resources and services that are useful to the student. This course is offered via Learning Management System (LMS) or via iPad app.

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, basics process equipment such as steam traps, relief valves, piping systems, and lubrication systems will be studied.

MTH-1105: Mathematics I

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

CHM-1106: General Chemistry I

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry through the integration of chemical theory and laboratory experiments. The theory portion includes the mole concept, gas laws, and electronic structure of atoms, the Periodic Table, chemical bonding and molecular structure. The laboratory portion is designed to apply the above theoretical concepts while developing basic skills of manipulation and careful observation through experiments in quantitative and qualitative analysis. Students taking this course on-line will be required to complete a selected number of labs of the laboratory component on site.

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.

ENG-1173: Communications for Technology I

This course is designed to improve students' writing skills by focusing on mechanics, sentence structure, spelling, technical writing style, and lab report writing. This course is also designed to develop students oral communication skills.

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.

Term 2

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 how industrial hygiene issues affect health and safety.

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.

MTH-2105: Mathematics II

This course surveys elementary functions and their graphs, regression, basic probability and descriptive statistics. A major focus is differential calculus, providing the foundation for further technology courses.

CHM-2106: General Chemistry II

This course will provide an introduction to organic chemistry and selected common functional groups in that field, some of which are important monomers in biological polymers and plastics. Students will also explore physicochemical properties of solutions, such as gas solubility, colligative properties, acidity and osmotic pressure. A large portion of the course investigates the chemistry of reaction processes, including chemical equilibria and the energy balance of chemical reactions as it relates to the flow of heat energy (calorimetry) and electric energy (electrochemistry). Fundamental processes involving nuclear chemistry and the chemistry and control of process water are introduced. Many of these concepts are supported and reinforced in the laboratory portion of the course.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective**

ELE-1065: Electric Circuits I

It is an introductory course in electricity consisting of fundamental electric principles together with an analysis of simple electric circuits. Emphasis throughout the course is on problem solving. Laboratory exercises complement the material covered in class.

Co-op Term Option 1 (May - August)

CPL-1049: Co-op Work Term (Option 1)*

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 to find permanent employment after graduation. For further information regarding Co-op, please refer to www.lambtoncollege.ca/mycareer

Term 3

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.

OES-3124: Operating Engineering Studies - Equipment

Operating equipment pertaining to various types of industries will be discussed. This course contains a practical approach to pumps, air compressors, steam turbines and engines, gas turbines, and internal combustion engines. The principles of operation, types, parts, operation and basic maintenance of these types of rotating equipment are covered. An overview of rotating electrical motors and generators is also included.

OES-3033: Operating Engineering Studies - HVAC

This course focuses on heating boilers, 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-4304: Mechanical Practices for Operating Engineers

This course is intended to develop the introductory mechanical skills required by an Operating Engineer for the 4th Class level. Certain types of jobs in the field of Operating Engineering will require varying levels of hands-on mechanical skills, as specified by the TSSA. Students in this course will develop an understanding of mechanical trades, and also receive hands-on practice of certain mechanical skills.

ICS-3414: Instrumentation for Plant Operations I

This is an intensive introductory course in instrumentation for those going into the plant operations or power engineering fields. Students will develop an understanding of instrumentation terminology, symbology, and elements of instrument systems. Methods of measurement and installation aspects of devices for pressure, level, flow, and temperature measurement will be covered in detail. Boiler instrumentation and introductory controls are highlighted for the Operating Engineering curriculum. A series of laboratory experiments will illustrate the operation and the principles of calibration of conventional and ?smart? field instrumentation.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective**

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

Co-op Term Option 2 (January - April)

CPL-1049: Co-op Work Term (Option 2)*

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 to find permanent employment after graduation. For further information regarding Co-op, please refer to www.lambtoncollege.ca/mycareer

Term 4

OES-4015: Operating Engineering Studies - Electrical

This course will introduce the learner to the use of electric machines and power transformers in process and manufacturing industries. Topics will include power measurement, magnetic principles and circuits, direct current machines, alternating current machines, power transformers, and control of power system machines such as generators in industrial power plants. This course is intended for preparation for the 3rd class and higher SOPEEC examinations for the electrical systems content. This course will provide the Chemical Production Engineering Technology learner with sufficient comprehension of electrical power systems devices, such that the learner can function with confidence when working in this environment.

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.

ICS-4414: Instrumentation for Plant Operations II

This course is an intensive course in instrumentation for those going into the plant operations or power engineering fields and is a continuation of ICS 3414. Students will develop an understanding of instrumentation terminology, symbology, and elements of instrument systems. Methods of measurement and installation aspects of devices for pressure, level, flow, and temperature measurement will be reviewed. Control valves, hazardous area classifications, instrument wiring systems and pneumatic systems will be covered. A series of laboratory experiments will illustrate the operation and the principles of calibration of conventional and ?smart? field instrumentation and control valves.

CHM-2822: Introduction to Industrial Chemical Processes

This course, specifically designed to support students involved in Process Technology and related technology programs, examines the development of industrial complexes, refining and petrochemical and petroleum products, plastics and rubbers (polymers), and the manufacture of ammonia, steel and aluminum. Basic principles of industrial chemistry process units, and energy production, with particular focus on nuclear power, are reviewed and applied to typical processes drawn from a variety of industry sectors. This course also includes a brief overview of the general factors which lead to the development of a petrochemical complex, with particular emphasis on the history and subsequent development of the Sarnia-Lambton industrial complex.

ENG-2173: Communications for Technology II

This course enhances students' understanding of technical communication including style, research, visuals, report writing, and presentation. Technical writing differs from most writing students have completed in their studies; therefore, it is necessary for students to learn the structure and style of technical writing to be successful in completing assignments such as labs, summaries, and reports. Also, research writing and APA formatting are important transferable skills. As well, students need to present technical information orally in an effective manner. All of these skills will give students the basis for technical communication required in their other coursework and the workplace.

MTH-3103: Mathematics III

This course introduces integral calculus and applies it to the technical problems. The study of probability is extended to cover the binomial and normal distributions, and the statistical ideas of sampling, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing are introduced.

Term 5

OES-4114: Piping and Mechanical Systems

This is a 3rd class level course in materials and mechanical systems. Metals and non-metals materials are studied and the science of corrosion, including corrosion 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 Auxiliaries

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.

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.

ICS-5315: Process Control Systems

This course consists of an introduction to process control and control systems. Topics include process characteristics, PID modes of control, On/Off control, PID tuning, batch/continuous control, multivariable control and non-linear control. Applications are presented in each case. The laboratory portion of the course allows the student to operate many types of single loop and multi-loop control systems, with the primary emphasis on controller tuning. The project portion of the course is designed to enable the student to use all of the above topical material in a group presentation to the class. It will focus on the related process control functions required to produce a given product. Many Chemical Production graduates find employment in the unit operations area of process plants, while others will need to have an understanding of process control to make effective decisions with respect to various analytical or research problems. This course is designed to introduce these students to process control problems, and the various types of control configurations they will encounter in the process industries. Methods of controller tuning will also be studied.

Term 6

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.

OES-6124: Advanced Power Plant Simulator

Students will study a complex power plant simulation which includes a steam utility plant and a full power plant 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.

ICS-6505: Process Stream Analysis

This course introduces the student to process analyzers, concentrating on the application, operation, calibration and routine maintenance of analyzer systems. Chemical production personnel are responsible for the monitoring and control of industrial processes. Production personnel rely on on-line process analyzers to ensure and confirm that product quality targets are being met and maximum process efficiencies are achieved. Environmental analyzers are also utilized to ensure worker safety is secured and governmental regulations are met. Increasingly, production personnel are expected to perform general maintenance on analytical systems as well as perform routine calibration checks.

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-6043: Shutdown Planning and Scheduling***

This course introduces Shutdown Planning and Scheduling practices in the petrochemical/refinery environment while developing other essential operating practices such as the use of technical drawings, and the learning of unit-specific knowledge. A detailed understanding of Process and Instrument Drawings, PFD's and Plot Plan drawings for the purpose of creating shutdown/start-up procedures will be developed. For shutdown/startup planning, this course will introduce the student to the major steps involved in the Unit Turnaround process. Some topics that will be covered include shutdown and start up procedures, Health Safety and Environmental procedures associated with Turnarounds, and the use of (Microsoft) Project software to introduce Critical Path, and scheduling and cost tracking of manpower and equipment. Finally, the student is led to appreciate the required level of unit-specific knowledge required to operate (and start up and shut down) an operating unit by studying portions of the related operating manual and technical drawings. Testing his or her understanding of this material is intended to simulate the kind of testing and knowledge expected of a qualified operator.


CAP-6004: Capstone Project***

*Students are only eligible for one of the two co-op options.
**HIN-3303 and SUS-1003 are recommended general education electives in terms two and three.
***Students must choose either OES-6043 or CAP-6004.

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