Ontario College Certificate | 2 semesters | Barrydowne

A TSSA-registered, on-campus 2nd Class power plant. Curriculum that is endorsed by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). A unique program located in northern Ontario. Just a few of the reasons why Cambrian's Power Engineering Techniques program is in high demand.

Over two semesters, you'll gain knowledge and skills in all aspects of power plant operation and maintenance.  Theoretical concepts discussed in class are further explained and reinforced during practical experience in the College's Power Plant Training Facility.  This facility is where you will operate and maintain working equipment in a safe and efficient manner.

Course subjects 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 certifications as an Operating Engineer. 

The program has been officially recognized and approved by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). This approval will grant a qualifying time reduction to you upon successful completion of the program. After successful completion of the first year of the program, you will be granted an equivalent 9 months of qualifying time towards your 4th Class certification. Students are responsible for completing the TSSA 4A and 4B testing requirements of the Operating Engineer certification.

Program Highlights

  • Program length is 1 year (2 semesters)
  • Program endorsed by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)
  • One of a few colleges in Ontario to offer this program and the only college in northern Ontario
  • Hands-on training in Cambrian's 2nd Class power plant
  • Grads are eligible to challenge the TSSA examinations for 4th 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) or (U)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U) (MCT4C is highly recommended)


  • Any grade 11 (U) or 12 (U) or (C) chemistry or physics 
  • Grade 12 technological design or manufacturing technology course (C) or (U)

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2023

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study for 2022-23 Academic Year

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian.  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.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
PEG 1108 Power Plant Operation I 11
PEG 1225 Electricity & Control Systems I 3
PEG 1115 Applied Science 3
PEG 1007 Boilers & Auxiliaries I 4
PEG 1126 Safety & Administration I 2
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
Semester 2
PEG 1220 Heating, Refrig./Gas Compression I 3
PEG 1231 Power Plant Operations II 11
PEG 1261 Building Systems 3
PEG 1008 Prime Movers I 4
PEG 1215 Applied Chemistry I 2
PEG 1002 Field Placement I 1
One General Education course. 2 3
 Total Credits53


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.

The program will schedule TSSA examination dates at appropriate times during the semesters. This will allow the student to sit the TSSA exam on-site at Cambrian College. A sitting fee will be required to avail yourself of this service. Fee costs and the exam registration process will be provided during orientation.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $2,000. Any voluntary student testing costs, such as the TSSA Operating Engineering certifications, will have additional fees. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Furthering Your Studies

Students successfully completing the Power Engineering Techniques program and obtaining a valid 4th Class Operating Engineering certificate may enter directly into the second year of the Power Engineering Technician or Technology program.  This will be of great assistance to those students considering certification at the third or second class level.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in industrial and non-industrial settings having pressure plants registered by the TSSA and requiring services of a certified operating engineer. These settings may be located in:

  • Manufacturing plants
  • Cogeneration facilities
  • Refrigeration plants
  • Mining operations
  • Pulp and paper mills
  • Hospitals
  • District heating plants

In addition to these traditional employers; non-registered plants located in high rise and commercial buildings provide yet another employment opportunity to power engineers.  Third class operating engineers are also able to find employment in the pressure vessel inspection industry.

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/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.