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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne | Capped Enrolment

A registered 2nd Class power plant training facility on campus. Curriculum that is endorsed by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). The only program of its kind in northern Ontario. Just a few of the reasons Cambrian's Power Engineering Technician program is in high demand.

You'll gain knowledge and skills in all aspects of power plant operation and maintenance, both theoretical and practical, at the 4th Class level in first year and at the 3rd Class level in second year. Theoretical concepts discussed in class are further explained and illustrated in the College's Power Plant Training Facility – a registered 2nd Class plant where you will help to operate and maintain working equipment in a safe and efficient manner.

Subjects of instruction closely follow the Standardized Power Engineers Examination Committee (SOPEEC) syllabus and help prepare you to challenge the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) examinations required for 4th Class and 3rd Class certifications as an Operating Engineer.

This program has been officially recognized and approved by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority. This will grant a qualifying time reduction to you upon successful completion of the program.

Program Highlights
  • 2 years – 4 semesters
  • Program endorsed by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)
  • One of only four colleges in Ontario to offer this program (only college in northern Ontario)
  • Hands-on training in Cambrian's 2nd Class power plant
  • Grads are eligible to challenge the TSSA examinations for 3rd Class certification as an Operating Engineer
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How to Apply

Engineering Technology

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U) (MCT4C is highly recommended)


  • Any grade 11 science or technical course (C), (U), or (M)
Advanced Standing

Graduates of Cambrian's Power Engineering Techniques (PETQ) program or its equivalent who also received their 4th Class Certificate of Qualification in good standing with the TSSA may apply to enter directly into Semester 3 of the Power Engineering Technician (PWTN) program.  This is a competitive process.


Program Delivery

This program will be delivered in the following terms:


Fall Term Start

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the 2017-18 Academic Schedule which will be posted on our website in early 2017.

Program of Study

Every academic year, students are required to successfully complete an online Student Safety Regulations and General Safety Standards course.  This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Semester 1Credits
PEG 1108Power Plant Operation I 111
PEG 1115Applied Science 3
PEG 1121Boilers Auxiliaries I 2
PEG 1126Safety Administration I 2
PEG 1215Applied Chemistry I 2
PEG 1225Electricity Control Systems I 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 2
ENG 1002College Communications 3
PEG 1220Heating, Refrig./Gas Compression I 3
PEG 1231Power Plant Operations II 111
PEG 1235Prime Movers I 3
PEG 1002Field Placement I 1
The following General Education course:  3
Personal Finance 3
 Term Credits: 24
Semester 3
ENG 1780Applied Communication II 2
PEG 2325Math, Physics Thermodynamics 4
PEG 2330Power Plant Operation III 14
PEG 2420Electricity Control Systems II 4
PEG 2430Safety Administration II 4
PEG 1003Credential Validation I 1
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Cybernation 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Psychology of Evil 3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 4
PEG 2310Applied Chemistry II 2
PEG 2315Heating, Refrig. Gas Comp. II 4
PEG 2321Boilers and Auxiliaries II 3
PEG 2426Prime Movers II 3
PEG 2442Power Plant Operation IV 14
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Cybernation 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Psychology of Evil 3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
 Term Credits: 19
 Total Credits: 88

 Course with Lab Component

Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 for the 2016-2017 Academic year is approximately $2,000. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Furthering Your Studies

Students successfully completing the Power Engineering Technician program and obtaining a valid 3rd Class Operating Engineering certificate may enter directly into the Power Engineering Technology program.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in industrial and non-industrial settings having power plants or boiler rooms registered by the government and requiring services of a certified operating engineer. These settings may be located in:

  • Manufacturing plants
  • Cogeneration facilities
  • Mining operations
  • Pulp and paper mills
  • Hospitals
  • District heating plants
University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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