Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology
Program Code: CPET (Full-Time) Length of Program: Three-Year Co-op Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Advanced Diploma Starts: Sep (Open)
Term 1 CHM-1106 General Chemistry I COM-1013 Critical Thinking and Writing JSS-1001 Job Search and Success MTH-1904 Mathematics I OES-1013 Operating Engineering Studies I OES-2123 Operating Engineering Calculations Term 2 CHM-2106 General Chemistry II OES-2115 Operating Engineering Studies - Boilers MTH-2904 Mathematics II OHS-2012 Health and Safety for Industrial Processes ELE-1065 Electric Circuits I GED-XXX3 General Education Elective* Co-op Term 1 Group A (July - December) CPL-1069 Co-op Work Term - Eight Months Term 3 OES-3113 Refrigeration Theory and Systems I OES-3124 Operating Engineering Studies - Equipment OES-4504 Mechanical Practices for Operating Engineers ICS-3414 Instrumentation for Plant Operations I OES-3033 Operating Engineering Studies - HVAC GED-XXX3 General Education Elective* GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Co-op Term 2 Group B (January - June) CPL-1069 Co-op Work Term - Eight Months Term 4 CHM-2822 Introduction to Industrial Chemical Processes OES-4014 Operating Engineering Studies - Electrical BIO-4614 Introduction to Biofuels and Bio-Based Chemicals COM-2043 Communications for Technology OES-4114 Piping and Mechanical Systems OES-4414 Advanced Process Operations I STA-4902 Statistics for Technology Co-op Term 3 Group A (January - June) CPL-2069 Co-op Work Term - Eight Months Term 5 OES-5814 Chemical Engineering Operations and Calculations I ICS-5315 Process Control Systems ICS-6505 Process Stream Analysis OES-5016 Advanced Process Operations II BIO-5713 Production of Biofuels and Bio-Based Chemicals Co-op Term 4 Group B (July - December) CPL-2069 Co-op Work Term - Eight Months Term 6 OES-6844 Chemical Engineering Operations and Calculations II ICS-6316 Advanced Control Applications OES-6015 Advanced Process Operations III ENV-6114 Environmental Management CAP-6004 Capstone Project

Lambton College’s Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology (CPET) program has gained national recognition for its ability to train advanced level operators for various industrial sectors, most notably in the petrochemical and energy streams.

Students enrolled in this program will train in Lambton College’s newly renovated Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies which contains complex lab and pilot plant facilities. The Centre duplicates a real-life manufacturing environment and the technologies developed can easily be scaled-up and transferred to an actual operating unit. The Centre offers state-of-practice technology laboratories and infrastructure to support learning and research in next-generation technologies in collaboration with industry.

Experiential learning is emphasized through the program’s unique co-op model, which is designed to support the employment needs of industry year-round. Additionally, students will participate in ongoing projects designed to cultivate teamwork, communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills that can be used in future workplace scenarios when analyzing operating problems in a plant environment.

The program prepares students to write the 4A and 4B TSSA 4th Class Operating Engineers Certification exams. This is an industry accepted certification that can lead graduates to a variety of career opportunities. Upon successful completion of the first three academic terms, students can apply to the TSSA to receive a nine-month steam time reduction towards their 4th Class Operating Engineers Certificate. TSSA registration eligibility requirements and fees are controlled by the TSSA and are in addition to the CPET program requirements and fees.

This program is also available in an accelerated format for students with university degrees in related programs.

Please Note: Students must complete all core courses in academic terms 1-3 through traditional on-ground class delivery to be eligible for the nine-month steam time reduction towards their 4th Class certificate. 

OACETT recognizes this program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Certified Engineering Technology (CET) category. Students may be required to take certain courses in hybrid or online delivery mode during the program. This career has certain physical requirements

Program Capabilities outline what skills students should possess as they progress through each term/year of their program.

Co-op students and employers will find this information most useful and can reference this capabilities document to ensure students are gaining the experience they need to fulfull the program requirements.

The student will be capable of the following skills by the end of the term indicated:

Co-op Term 1 (Group A)

  • Discuss principles of W.H.M.I.S.and standard personal protective equipment
  • Familiar with key components of Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Familiar with the construction and use of relief valves and rupture discs
  • Identifying process piping, flanges, fittings and their uses
  • Perform 4th Class level operating engineering calculations
  • Comply with procedures for safe vessel entry, red tag lockout, and other safety issues
  • Apply principles of general mathematics and chemistry applicable to process industries
  • Describe typical steam boiler configurations
  • Operate and troubleshoot package fire-tube and water-tube boiler installations
  • Perform basic steam thermodynamic calculations relevant to power plants
  • Perform boiler feed water testing and treatment
  • Perform calculations and analysis of basic electrical circuits
  • Exhibit effective written and verbal workplace communications skills
  • Demonstrate academic preparation to write 4A exam of 4th Class Operating Engineering
  • Demonstrate decision making, problem solving, and effective team work skillsDiscuss principles of W.H.M.I.S., TDG, and standard personal protective equipment

Co-op Term 1 (Group B)

  • Application and construction of dynamic and positive displacement pumps and seals
  • Application and construction of compressors, steam and gas turbines
  • Explain construction and types of heat exchangers, process distillation and absorber towers and other common process equipment
  • Perform start-up procedures on rotating equipment
  • Apply knowledge of refrigeration systems to operating vapour compression units
  • Perform basic thermodynamic calculations as pertaining to refrigeration units
  • Application of temperature, flow, level and pressure devices and signal transmission
  • Application of control valves and other final control elements
  • Perform basic maintenance on equipment
  • Demonstrate basic mechanical skills in the areas of piping, equipment seals and packing, welding, gas cutting, valve repair
  • Describe building services and HVAC systems for commercial and industrial buildings
  • Have academic preparation to write 4B exam of 4th Class Operating Engineering
  • Knowledge of the principles of sustainable development in a community
  • TSSA has approved 9 months practical steam time reduction toward 4th Class Operating Engineering

Co-op Term 2 (Group A)

  • Knowledge of operating principles of AC and DC electric motors and generators and describe various types and applications of each
  • Familiar with the operation of transformers and variable frequency drive units
  • Explain the construction and application of common process equipment at advanced level
  • Define fluid properties and perform basic fluid flow calculations
  • Analyze instrumentation systems and loop wiring diagrams
  • Perform sizing of basic instrumentation equipment and control valves
  • Explain various types of industrial processes
  • Perform basic mathematical calculus computations
  • Write technical paper to APA standard
  • After 3rd academic term, TSSA has approved 9 months practical steam time reduction toward 4th Class Operating Engineering


Co-op Term 2 (Group B)

  • Knowledge of analytical process variables
  • Operate and interpret data from online gas chromatographs and other process analyzers
  • Calculate variables in the field of fluid mechanics and heat transfer process units
  • Apply knowledge of types of control variables, loop tuning, and control systems
  • Knowledge of the operation of various distillation plant and refinery processes
  • Perform operation of distillation and refining systems via laboratory and simulations
  • Analyze piping systems and pressure vessels for appropriate code requirements

Upon Graduation

  • Knowledge of environmental and pollution control strategies for air, water, and solid waste
  • Perform operation of catalytic cracking and other complex processes via simulation
  • Knowledge of chemical reactions in chemical production processes
  • Mass transfer and thermodynamics knowledge for typical industrial processes
  • Perform calculations involving distillation processes and variables
  • Apply principles of wastewater treatment to industrial processes
  • Comply with Responsible Care, ISO, and other environmental and safety protocols
  • Apply knowledge of shutdown planning and scheduling methodology
  • Application of advanced process control strategies

For co-op information, contact:
Co-op & Career Services
519-542-7751 x 3455