Lambton College’s Power Engineering programs now recognized for certification in Alberta

June 17, 2014

Sarnia, ON, June 17, 2014 -- Students enrolled in Lambton College’s Power Engineering programs will now have a seamless opportunity to apply for jobs in the province of Alberta thanks to a recently signed agreement between the College and the Alberta Boiler Safety Association (ABSA).

The new agreement, the first of its kind between ABSA and an Ontario college, means that co-op students and graduates of Lambton College’s Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology (CPET) and Power Engineering Technology – Chemical (PETC) programs will now have their college training and practical time experience recognized in Alberta, allowing for seamless transition into the province’s workforce.

“Lambton College is the only college in Ontario to have this recognition allowing our graduates equal opportunity for practical time reduction in Alberta,” says Ranjan Bhattacharya, Dean, School of Technology, Energy, & Apprenticeship, Lambton College.  “This speaks directly to the high quality of our Power Engineering programs and the training and lab capabilities available at Lambton College.”

Currently, students enrolled in these programs complete their 3rd Class (PETC) and 4th Class (CPET) operating engineering certification training. Until now, the hours logged towards this certification in Ontario weren’t recognized in Alberta. This new agreement confirms that ABSA will now recognize the Lambton College certification, giving students equal opportunity to apply for work in Alberta’s booming oil and chemical industry.

“The benefit of this agreement lies in the fact that our students now get their college training and qualifying time recognized in the province of Alberta,” says Bhattacharya.

Currently, Lambton College students qualify for steam time reduction through an agreement that the College holds in Ontario. Prior to this new agreement, Power Engineering graduates who wanted to work in Alberta needed to complete an additional six months of schooling and six months of practical time before meeting provincial standards.

Bhattacharya says the ABSA agreement is a win/win for everybody involved, opening up opportunities for graduates in a province that is in need of skilled workers.

“It’s a win for our graduates and it’s a win for employers in Alberta,” he says.

Bhattacharya says the quality of Lambton College’s Power Engineering programs combined with some of the unique features of the coursework is what led to this agreement.

The initiative also supports Lambton College’s Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies and supports their commitment to establish distinctive programs, educational and vocational pathways, and applied research initiatives that will benefit both students and the community.  

“At Lambton College we pride ourselves on being very responsive to the needs of industry. Our Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies is home to a number of very sophisticated labs and faculty with strong technical skills,” says Donna Church, Executive Dean, Academic Affairs, Lambton College. “Our work with industry means that students receive cooperative learning experiences that can directly support the students desire to achieve 4th or 3rd Class Operating Engineering certification. With this formal endorsement of ABSA, we have opportunities for our learners to engage in experiential learning and ultimately full-time employment in Alberta.”

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