Program Information

The Applied Process Piping Design, Ontario Graduate Certificate program is designed to equip students with the specialized and highly practical skills involving the fundamentals of piping system components, specifications, regulations, and applications. This innovative curriculum will delve into the engineering of complex process facilities, including plant layout planning, piping equipment, design, and related standards.

Students will assess the responsibilities of a piping designer, and determine specific roles that are carried out in an entire piping design project. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to integrate piping design principles and industry codes that will align with engineering practices through hands-on labs.

Successful graduates will be in high demand and may find employment as a member of an engineering team in various sectors including environmental, mineral mining, and process and power facilities. Typical roles for graduates include Process Piping Designer, Piping Design Field Checker, Scheduler, Planner and Estimator.

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Admission Requirements

A university degree in engineering, technology, or equivalent.

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 Requirements

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

  • IELTS of 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT 79
  • 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.

Course List

MEC-1302: Chemical Process Industries in Canada

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 aluminium. 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.

MEC-1603: Instrumentation for Canadian Chemical Process Industries

This course consists of an introduction to some of the fundamentals of process variables such as temperature, pressure, and level measuring instruments. Topics include primary sensing devices, terminology and symbols, and test equipment usage including calibration procedures. The laboratory portion of the course allows the student to become familiar with various types of test equipment, connection of instruments to sense process variation, apply calibration standards, and learn troubleshooting skills.

OHS-1402: Canadian Workplace Health and Safety

In providing an overview of Canadian Labour laws, workplace rules and regulations, and Health and Safety Hazards in the workplace, students gain an understanding of the responsibilities of employers, worker's rights as well as the responsibilities of various organizations in the Canadian labour industry. Awareness and recognition of various health and safety risks arising from a variety of occupations is also covered.

MEC-1723: Canadian Materials Codes and Standards

This course introduces students to the basics of materials and testing techniques for metal, plastic, composite, and ceramics. Students conduct mechanical property testing on various material types and learn to interpret material properties such as strength, elongation, and hardness. Students also perform both destructive and non-destructive testing in the lab environment.

MEC-1913: Metrology for Canadian Chemical Process Industries

This course introduces students to measurement tools and focuses on proper measurement techniques for these tools. Students apply this knowledge during hands on lab courses on the use of basic metrology tools, operation of a Coordinate Measuring Machine and operation of optical measurement systems. Calibration principles and Measurement System Analysis (MSA) are also examined.

COM-3013: Professional Communications

This course is designed for international students with diplomas or degrees. It focuses on polishing communications skills acquired through one's academic career and workplace experience. Through various business writing and speaking scenarios, students learn Canadian business practices and communication styles. Close attention is paid to proper incorporation of the intellectual property of others to ensure academic integrity. Students will practice organized and dynamic speaking and will strive for polished business documents.

MEC-1033: Engineering Drawing

As an introduction to engineering drawing, students will review manual drafting basics, drawing etiquette, engineering document and drawing types including Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P an ID's), general arrangement drawings, isometrics, line lists, tie point schedules, material take-offs and project schedules.

MEC-1103: Computer Aided Design I (AutoCAD)

Students will be introduced and instructed in the hands-on use of the latest version of AutoCAD. Topics will include: drawing setup, construction and modification, the use of layers, dimensioning, cross hatching, the creation and use of blocks, and printing, plotting, with the objective of producing industry standard drawings.

MEC-2203: Computer Aided Design II (Microstation)

Introduction to MicroStation commands and tools to create and edit design files will be introduced to students. Topics will include theory, command entry, 2D geometry placement, element manipulation, and the use of views, grids, text, levels, cells and element symbols.

MEC-3044: Process Piping Drafting I

As an introduction to process piping design, students will begin with the basics of piping components, sizes, ratings, and connection methods. This course will include in-class piping theory and exercises where students will gain hands-on learning of piping components and design.

IMT-1422: Plant Equipment

This course is designed to explore a variety of industrial equipment as to their function, design and basic operating principles. Items of study include pumps, heat exchangers, industrial refrigeration, insulation, gas and air dryers.

MEC-3203: Introduction to Piping Materials

As an introduction to piping materials, students will analyze welding methods and symbols, non-destructive examination methods, testing methods, industry standards and codes relating to process equipment and piping.

Academic Break (May - August)

MEC-5013: 3D Plant Modeling I

This course offers students a hands-on opportunity to learn and practice Autodesk Plant 3D models. Topics will include setup and configuration of a plant 3D project, generation of 3D pipe modelling and developing piping specifications and catalogs. The students will learn how to use advanced piping design modeling techniques and generate reports from Plant 3D.

MEC-5023: 3D Plant Modeling II

MEC-5023 is a seamless transition from MEC-5013. Topics will include integration of process equipment into a process unit area, pipe routing and modelling with references to P@ID and other engineering specifications and requirements, creation of isometrics and spool sheets, orthographic plans, elevations and sections, custom component creation, plant-related civil/ structural modelling basics, and generation of documentation, reports and materials lists.

MEC-3233: 3D Plant modeling III

The students will be introduced to Autodesk Navisworks Manage software and they will learn how to import Plant 3D models, techniques for model navigation, evaluation of results from Collision Detection of multiple discipline models and model reviews.

MEC-4104: Process Piping Drafting II

Student will build upon the basic theory introduced in Process Piping Drafting I. Topics include piping arrangements, plant site development, pipe rack layout considerations, piping flexibility and piping systems. An in-class piping theory and a weekly lab will allow for practical, hands-on-learning.

MEC-4203: Pressure Vessel Drafting

Students will be introduced to pressure vessel terminology. Topics will include internal and external attachments, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Section VIII Code requirements, calculation of vessel wall nozzle reinforcement and weights, outlining and fabrication drawings, and the use of design guides and specifications.

MEC-3012: Fundamentals of Structural Analysis

Structural analysis involves strength of materials and stress analysis of major mechanical and process equipment including columns and towers, horizontal drums, heat exchangers, storage tanks, special flange in the process industry.

MAN-2103: Project Management

This course will provide the student with an overview of the structured processes and knowledge areas of project management within the context of organizations. It will contrast the differences between operational management and project management. It will provide the student with numerous tools and techniques used to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control, and close a project. Students learn the vocabulary, definitions, principles and concepts of project management and working in a project team.

CPL-5559: WIL Project

Work Integrated Learning Project is aimed at enriching student success by connecting different program areas of study, cutting across subject -matter lines, and emphasizing unifying concepts. The focus is on making connections, allowing students to engage in relevant, meaningful activities that are connected and practiced in real life. This will attempt to enhance and strengthen the student's employability prospects post-graduation by exposing them to skills and knowledge in demand from today's employers. Students are required to attend the scheduled shifts in the WIL office, reporting to the WIL Supervisor. Weekly real-world challenges are presented in the WIL office, designed by industry professionals. In addition to the weekly assigned deliverables, students are also offered professional development sessions, and exposed to industry guest speakers, enhancing their opportunity to develop their professional network.

WIL Project Prerequisites (CPL-5559)

In order to continue onto Term 4, the following prerequisites must be met:

  1. Overall GPA of 2.0 or greater
  2. No more than two outstanding courses in addition to WIL Project
    • These courses must be able to fit your WIL schedule conflict free
    • Courses scheduled back-to-back with your WIL shifts are considered in conflict (applies to students studying in Sarnia ONLY)

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Current Students

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

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Employment Opportunities

Graduates may be employed by research and development and quality control laboratories, consulting engineering companies, in chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and a variety of other manufacturing and processing industries, and by utilities, health, education, and government establishments. Career positions may include, but are not limited to:
  • Piping engineer
  • Process piping designer
  • Piping design field checker
  • Mechanical designer
  • Mechanical piping estimator

For information about post-graduate work eligibility for international students, please review the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program information.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

905-890-7833 x 222
Sarnia/Main Campus
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