Program Information

This program will provide theory and skills to operate, maintain and manage industrial plants that produce steam and power. In every Canadian province and territory, only certified power engineers are permitted to operate such equipment. This program prepares candidates at the 4th Class level in preparation to write their 4th Class inter-provincial examinations. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one co-op placement to gain additional practical time towards their certification. The vast majority of these work experiences in this accelerated program will be out-of-province.

Students will have opportunity to graduate after the 4th Class part of the program with a Power Engineering Technician – Chemical - Accelerated diploma, or to continue with the Power Engineering Technology – Chemical Accelerated program working towards 3rd class certification. This would take an additional year of study (3 terms) and then a work experience placement for 3rd Class.

Please Note: Post-Graduate Work Permit eligibility is determined solely by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Lambton College does not consider the Power Engineering Technician - Accelerated (PTNX) program suitable for students seeking to apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit greater than 1 year in length. A more suitable alternative for students seeking eligibility to apply for a longer Post-Graduate Work Permit are encouraged to explore our Power Engineering Technology - Accelerated (PETX) program.

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Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Technology degree
-and-
Completion of Math, Chemistry and Physics at a post-secondary level (college or university) 

Course List

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.

ELE-1055: Electric Circuits I

This is an introductory course in electricity consisting of fundamental electric principles together with an analysis of simple electric circuits. Emphasis throughout the course is on problem solving. Laboratory exercises complement the material covered in class.

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.

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.

OES-3033: Operating Engineering Studies - HVAC

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

SUS-1003: Introduction to Sustainable Development

This course introduces the concept of sustainable development to a broad audience. Students are presented with the factors that affect the environmental, economic and social sustainability of our communities. The course investigates the development of human populations and how their need for resources (e.g. energy, food, water) has compromised the natural ecosystems. Social and economic factors are explored in the context of social equality and sustainability in the local and global economy. The effects of individual lifestyle changes on the sustainability of communities are also examined.

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.

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.

ICS-3414: Instrumentation for Plant Operations I

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

OES-4304: Mechanical Practicies for Operating Engineers

This course is intended to develop the introductory mechanical skills required by an Operating Engineer and those who work in a process-related position. Certain types of jobs in the field of Operating Engineering will require varying levels of hands-on mechanical skills. Students in this course will develop an understanding of energy isolation, various types of fluid conductors, gasket selection and installation techniques, blank and blind usage, pressure testing, shaft alignment, fire extinguisher usage, compressor fundamentals, and procedures for rigging, hoisting, and proper communication.

HIN-3303: Human Interaction

HIN 3303 offers the learner a practical lesson in working with others in all of life's situations, including family, friends, school and the workplace. It is imperative that we have acceptable and effective interaction skills. Students will study and exercise various workplace practices to ensure that they can be valuable contributors to their workplace environment. Teamwork and many other group dynamics will be studied and practiced.

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.

Co-op Placement

Program Maps

Students are required to follow their prescribed program map and are not allowed to take unscheduled breaks for any reason.

Current Students

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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.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in the power generation industry, industries that include steam generation facilities, co-generation facilities, petrochemical plants, oil and gas upstream and downstream industries, commercial and public heating and cooling plants.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

Toronto
416-485-2098
lambton@cestarcollege.com
Mississauga
905-890-7833 x 222
lambton@queenscollege.ca
Sarnia/Main Campus
international@lambtoncollege.ca
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