Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 7 semesters | Barrydowne and Online

A TSSA-registered, on-campus 2nd Class power plant with a wide variety of industrial-grade, power plant equipment. Curriculum that is endorsed by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). Graduates who meet with success on their exams and careers. Just a few of the reasons why Cambrian's Power Engineering Technology program - and our graduates - are in high demand.

Over three semesters of study, the Power Engineering program will maximize your career opportunities by preparing you to successfully challenge all TSSA Operating Engineering exams up to - and including - the 2nd Class level of qualification.  The program will prepare you for both operational and supervisory roles in power plants and other industrial settings.

You'll gain theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in all aspects of power plant operation and maintenance, at the 4th Class level in first year, the 3rd Class level in second year, and the 2nd Class level in your final year.

Theoretical concepts introduced in class are further explained and illustrated in the College's Power Plant Training Facility – a registered 2nd Class plant where you will operate and maintain working equipment in a safe and efficient manner.

Depending on how the student wishes to proceed with their studies; the third year is available as a combination of online or classroom environments. This delivery alternative gives students the flexibility to learn from the convenience of their home communities. However, it is important to note that the qualifying time reduction will not be available to students who choose the online only version of the third year.

Subjects of instruction closely follow the Standardized Power Engineers Examination Committee (SOPEEC) syllabus and will help prepare you to challenge the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) examinations required for certification as a 2nd Class 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; but only to students who pursue the full-time, day program method of instruction.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 7 semesters
  • Year one consists of two semesters and will focus on the 4th class curriculum
  • Year two consists of two semesters and focuses on the 3rd class curriculum
  • Year three (final year) consists of three semesters delivered fall/winter/fall.  Entry to the final year of the program is possible at the beginning of each of the three semesters.
  • Theory subjects are offered online to students who are interested in obtaining the utmost of flexibility with their studies.
  • Full-time, day program endorsed by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). 
  • Hands-on training in Cambrian's 2nd Class power plant for all three years of instruction
  • Advanced level courses involving management of power plants, technical reports, and aspects which comply and exceed the Standardized Power Engineers Examination Committee (SOPEEC) 2nd Class syllabus
  • Students are able to challenge the TSSA examinations on-campus


There is an industrial experience placement in-between year one and year two.  This placement (in addition to the TSSA Qualifying Time Entitlement and successful completion of the 4A & 4B exam) will provide the qualifying time necessary to obtain 4th Class certification.

Another industrial experience placement is gained in-between year two and year three.  This placement (in addition to the TSSA Qualifying Time Entitlement and successful completion of the 3A1, 3A2, 3B1 & 3B2 exams) will provide the qualifying time necessary to obtain 3rd Class certification.

There is also the possibility to do a single, four-month placement following the completion of year two. 

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Engineering Technology

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSSD): 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)


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

Advanced Standing

Graduates of Cambrian's Power Engineering Technician (PWTN) program or its equivalents who have received their 3rd Class Certificate of Qualification in good standing with the TSSA may apply to enter directly into the third year of the Power Engineering Technology (PWTY) program.  This is a competitive process.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2023
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2023
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2024
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2024
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2025
  7. SEMESTER 7 Fall 2025

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 1 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 1 11
PEG 1261 Building Systems 3
PEG 1008 Prime Movers I 4
PEG 1215 Applied Chemistry I 2
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 3
ENG 1754 Technical Communication 3
PEG 2330 Power Plant Operation III 1 4
PEG 2325 3A1 - Math, Physics & Thermodynamics 4
PEG 2420 3A2 - Electricity & Control Systems II 4
PEG 2430 3A2- Safety & Administration II 4
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 4
PEG 2442 Power Plant Operation IV 1 4
PEG 2410 Power Plant Simulation Operations 3
PEG 2310 3B1 - Applied Chemistry II 2
PEG 2321 3B1 - Boilers and Auxiliaries II 3
PEG 2315 3B2 - Heating, Refrig. & Gas Comp. II 4
PEG 2426 3B2 - Prime Movers II 3
PEG 1006 Nuclear and Alternate Energy 3
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 5
PEG 3541 Power Plant Operations V 1 3
TEC 3501 Technical Report Research 1
PEG 1000 Applied Mechanics (2A1) 3
PEG 3530 2A1 - Indust. Admin & Code Calculations 4
PEG 3525 2A2 - Thermodynamics 4
PEG 1001 Metallurgy & Testing of Materials (2A2) 2
Semester 6
PEG 3641 Power Plant Operations VI 1 3
TEC 3601 Technical Report 1
PEG 3620 2A3 - Boilers & Auxiliaries III 4
PEG 3610 2A3 - Industrial Water Treatment 4
PEG 3625 2B1 - Prime Movers III 4
PEG 3630 2B1 - Piping Systems & Mechanical Drawing 4
Semester 7
PEG 3725 2B2 - Power Plant Systems & Controls 4
PEG 3712 2B2 - Fuels Combus. & Envir. Protection 4
PEG 3722 2B3 - Electrotechnology 4
PEG 3715 2B3 - Refrigeration & Gas Compression 4
 Total Credits152


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

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in industrial and non-industrial settings having power plants, heating plants,  refrigeration plants or attended equipment registered by the Technical Standards & Safety Authority and requiring the services of Certified Operating Engineers. These settings may be located in:

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

In addition to these traditional employers, many non-registered plants located in commercial and institutional buildings employ power engineers to operate and maintain their complex heating and cooling systems. Typically, graduates who have completed studies to this level will find employment as shift engineers or other supervisory positions within the industry.  Further employment opportunities may be found in related industries such as pressure vessel inspection.

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.