Advanced Power Engineering Technology (2nd Class)


Program Information

The Advanced Power Engineering program provides 3rd Class Operating Engineers with the knowledge and skills necessary to challenge their 2nd Class operating (stationary) engineering exams.* The 2nd Class level curriculum is considered significantly more challenging than the 4th and 3rd Class levels with 32% of 2nd Class examinations in Ontario resulting in failure (Technical Safety Standards Authority, 2016).

In Ontario, there are a large number of employers who require 2nd Class Power Engineers due to the size of the power equipment that they operate. The average age of an Ontario 2nd Class Power Engineer is 57, and there is an urgent need for new 2nd Class Power Engineers to replace this retiring workforce (Technical Safety Standards Authority, 2016).

The Advanced Power Engineering program is unique in Ontario. It is comprised of six instructor-led online courses, each covering the material necessary to prepare for one of the TSSA 2nd Class exams. The courses are aligned with the PanGlobal Power Engineering 2nd Class textbooks and are designed so that 3rd Class Operating Engineers can complete the weekly readings and assignments around their work schedule.

This program provides both theoretical and practical education in advanced power plant systems and operations with an emphasis on safety and environmental best practices. There is a focus on supervisory and management of power plant systems and personnel, which is often required at the 2nd Class level.

Courses are offered on a rotating basis. Students who complete all six courses can apply to graduate with an Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Advanced Power Engineering.

*Please Note: In Ontario the official title is Operating (Stationary) Engineer. There is a movement initiated by the Technical Safety Standards Authority (TSSA) to change the title to Power Engineer to align with the other provinces.

Admission Requirements

Diploma, Degree or Equivalent Experience.

As per industry certifications regulations, candidates must possess a valid Canadian 3rd Class Operating (Power) Engineering Certificate of Qualification to be admitted to the program. A scanned copy of your certificate must be submitted to Margaret Carter at

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If you are taking part-time courses with the intention of completing a program and earning a credential, you must meet Admission Requirements outlined on the program page. It is the student's responsibility to supply proof of admission requirements to the Office of the Registrar before he/she has completed three courses in the program.

If you do complete the program and do not have the appropriate admission requirements, you will be ineligible to receive your certificate or diploma.

If you believe you have an equivalent level of knowledge and would like credit for Prior Learning Assessment, please contact Counselling at 519-542-7751 ext 3412 at least two weeks before classes begin.

Employment Opportunities

There are approximately 10,000 Power Engineers working in Ontario and of which less than 30% are 2nd Class Engineers.

- The Power Engineering Profession and its Personnel Future - Version 3 (Technical Safety Standards Authority, 2010)

The average age of a 2nd Class Power Engineer in Ontario is 57 and there is an urgent need to train new 2nd Class Power Engineers to replace this retiring workforce (Technical Safety Standards Authority, 2016).

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