Power Engineering Techniques


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The Lambton College Power Engineering Techniques program introduces students to the theory, knowledge and practical skills required to operate, maintain and manage steam and power equipment in industrial facilities at the 4th Class level. Throughout Canada, only certified Power (Operating) Engineers are permitted to operate, maintain and manage rated equipment, such as boilers and refrigeration units.

The two terms provide the academic curriculum needed to prepare for the TSSA 4th Class Operating Engineers 4A and 4B Certification exams. Students who successfully complete the program also receive nine months of steam time reduction towards the same certificate. Those who are eligible and complete an approved co-op position will be credited with the final three months of practical time required for the 4th Class certification.

With a co-op and successful completion of the TSSA 4A and 4B exams these students upon accepted application to the TSSA, will be 4th Class Power Engineers and will be awarded a Power Engineering Techniques certificate. Students who leave the program after academic Term 2 without the co-op term completion will have a Power Engineering Techniques certificate, but will not have completed the requirements to be a certified 4th Class Power Engineer.

Students may choose to continue their studies in the Power Engineering Technician, Ontario College Diploma program. With 4th Class certification received, students can begin to work towards obtaining the 11 months of 3rd Class steam time reduction offered in the Technician program. After completion of the Technician program, students again have the option to exit the program with a Technician Diploma, or to continue their studies in the Power Engineering Technology, Ontario College Advanced Diploma where students can increase career opportunities by preparing to challenge the TSSA 2nd Class Operating Engineering examinations. 

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 required)

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

Career positions may include, but are not limited to: auxiliary plant operator, building systems technician, control room operator - electrical power systems, distribution control operator - electrical power systems, electrical power systems operator, energy from waste plant operator, load dispatcher apprentice - electrical power systems, nuclear generating station field operator, nuclear reactor operator - electrical power systems, power dispatcher - generating stations, power engineer, power plant operator, power plant stationary engineer, stationary engineer

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519-542-7751 ext 2436


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