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 and the 3rd Class level in year two.

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. The first two years of Lambton College’s Power Engineering curriculum will make up the Power Engineering Technician, or PETN program. This program follows the curriculum of the standardized Power Engineer’s examination committee (SOPEEC) and prepares students to write the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) examinations for 4th, 3rd class certification.

Qualifying Experience Time Reduction

Importantly, successful completion of our unique curriculum will allow students to qualify for steam time reduction. Qualifying Experience Time reduction decreases the time required working in industry to qualify for their Power Engineering certification. Students who successfully pass their first and second term courses qualify for a nine-month steam time reduction. Students who successfully complete the 4th Class Power Engineering instruction will qualify for 11 months of 3rd Class steam time reduction. Successful completion of the PETN program along with the co-op will result in a reduction of 20 months of Qualifying Experience Time towards certification.

Fall 2023 Delivery Format

Term 1 classes will be delivered in person and students will be required to be on campus for the duration of the term. The 2023 Fall term begins on September 6. Students must be on campus to join in-person classes starting September 6, 2023. No exceptions will be made.

See Course List

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

The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency by submitting one of the following scores:

  • IELTS of 6.0;
  • TOEFL iBT 69; or
  • Passed Lambton Institute of English placement test.

Please Note: IELTS is the only proficiency score accepted by the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program. Additional country-specific requirements may also be applicable.

Meeting the minimum English requirements does not guarantee admission. Students with higher English proficiency scores will receive priority in the admission assessment process.

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, it is mandatory to own a reliable laptop to complete tests and assignments.

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

This is an introductory course in instrumentation for those going into the power engineering fields. Students will develop an understanding of instrumentation terminology, symbology, and elements of instrument systems. Methods of measurement 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 of conventional and smart field instrumentation.

COM-1013: Critical Thinking and Writing

In this writing course, students respond to current issues and news articles via various styles of paragraphs and essays. Students strive for clarity of message and diplomatic expression of opinion based on fact. Students practice thinking critically and 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

This course introduces students to relevant chemical aspects. It includes a review of fundamental chemical principles including atomic structure,chemical bonding and stoichiometry. Based on these foundations, the course focuses on developing an understanding of aqueous solutions and the treatment of water and wastewater. The course is delivered as two lecture hours per week and an associated two-hour biweekly lab. The laboratory portion applies theoretical concepts to a selection of physicochemical processes and allows students to develop skills of careful manipulation and observation.

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-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. This course also offers an overview of an array of process systems, such as flares and different utility systems, which rely on industrial equipment to operate.

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-3033: Operating Engineering Studies - HVAC

This course focuses on heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems, and building services. Low pressure steam and hot water heating systems, including their operations, 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.

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 Term

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:

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 curriculum. This includes 3rd Class basic chemistry, metallurgy and materials, Cogeneration, Wastewater treatment, and the study of fuels and combustion technology. Industrial safety and fire protection will also be reinforced.

OES-3314: Electrotechnology for Power Engineers

Students will study electrical technology, 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 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.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

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.

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 second refrigeration course reinforces and advances previous knowledge of vapour compression and absorption refrigeration by looking at higher levels of refrigeration concepts. An introduction to thermodynamic calculations related to gas compression and refrigeration systems will also be addressed. The operation, maintenance and trouble shooting of refrigeration systems are covered, along with an examination of refrigeration system measurement and control hardware and software. Refrigeration safety concerns and regulations will also be 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

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

CPL-1049: Co-Op Term

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:

*Students are eligible to complete either Co-Op term 1A or 1B only.

Program Maps

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

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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: 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.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

Sarnia Campus
905-890-7833 x 222
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