Supercharge your career opportunities as a graduate of our power technology program

Maximize your career opportunities with our curriculum accredited by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). Train for operational and supervisory roles in our hands-on TSSA-registered power plant located right on campus. The only program of its kind in northern Ontario, Cambrian produces successful graduates who are in high demand within the industry. 
This program prepares you to successfully challenge all the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) operating engineering exams up to and including the 2nd Class level of qualification. Advanced-level courses covering management and technical reports exceed the Standardized Power Engineers Examination Committee (SOPEEC) 2nd Class syllabus. 

Program highlights

  • Accredited by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) 
  • Hands-on training, including supervisory experience opportunities within Cambrian’s TSSA-registered power plant  
  • Opportunities for industrial work placements and fieldwork 
  • Students are eligible to challenge all TSSA exams up to and including 2nd Class certification as an Operating Engineer 
  • Advanced-level courses exceed the SOPEEC 2nd Class syllabus 
  • Common first and second year with Cambrian’s Power Engineering Technician program 

Program of study for 2024-25 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 3610 2A3 - Industrial Water Treatment 4
PEG 3620 2A3 - Boilers & Auxiliaries III 4
PEG 3625 2B1 - Prime Movers III 4
PEG 3630 2B1 - Piping Systems & Mechanical Drawing 4
Semester 6
PEG 3641 Power Plant Operations VI 1 3
TEC 3601 Technical Report 1
PEG 3712 2B2 - Fuels Combus. & Envir. Protection 4
PEG 3725 2B2 - Power Plant Systems & Controls 4
PEG 3722 2B3 - Electrotechnology 4
PEG 3715 2B3 - Refrigeration & Gas Compression 4
Semester 7
PEG 1000 2A1 - Applied Mechanics 3
PEG 3530 2A1 - Indust. Admin & Code Calculations 4
PEG 3525 2A2 - Thermodynamics 4
PEG 1001 2A2 - Metallurgy & Testing of Materials 2
 Total Credits152

Course with lab component.


For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.

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)

Additional admission requirements


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

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026
SEMESTER 5:  Fall 2026
SEMESTER 6:  Winter 2027
SEMESTER 7:  Fall 2027

Specific program pathways

Graduates of Cambrian's Power Engineering Technician (PWTN) program (OR graduation from an equivalent program) OR the possession of a 3rd Class Certificate of Qualification in good standing with the TSSA may allow a candidate to enter directly into the third year of the Power Engineering Technology (PWTY) program.  

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian's college and university agreement details for further information. 

Employment opportunities

Graduates may find employment in industrial and non-industrial settings operating, maintaining and managing complex energy systems.  These types of systems may be located in:

  • Manufacturing, extractive resource facilities and processing plants
  • Power plants, alternative energy and cogeneration facilities
  • Refrigeration, liquification and gas compression plants
  • Petrochemical facilities, refineries and paper mills
  • Institutional and commercial operations such as hospitals, correctional facilities, research facilities and universities
  • District energy facilities and heating / cooling plants

In addition to these traditional employers, further employment opportunities may be found in related industries such as pressure vessel inspection.

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.