Power Engineering Technology (PWTY)
Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 7 semesters | Barrydowne and Online
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 Technology program is in high demand.
This program will help you maximize your career opportunities by preparing to challenge the TSSA 2nd Class Operating Engineering exam. It will also prepare you for supervisory and management roles in power plants and other industrial settings.
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, the 3rd Class level in second year, and the 2nd Class level in your final 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.
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.
- 3 years – 7 semesters
- Final year consists of three semesters arranged fall/winter/fall. Entry to the PWTY 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
- 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 eligible to challenge the TSSA examinations for 2nd Class certification as an Operating Engineer
In addition to the qualifying time granted by TSSA upon successful completion of the program, you are required to complete two work placements in order to obtain the qualifying time necessary to obtain 4th and 3rd Class Operating Engineering certification. After the first year, you must complete an approved three month placement toward your 4th Class certification, and after the second year, an approved one month placement toward your 3rd class certification.
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)
- Any grade 11 (U) or 12 (U) or (C) chemistry or physics
- Grade 12 technological design or manufacturing technology course (C) or (U)
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.
This program will be delivered in the following terms:
Fall Term Start
- SEMESTER 1 Fall 2020
- SEMESTER 2 Winter 2021
- SEMESTER 3 Fall 2021
- SEMESTER 4 Winter 2022
- SEMESTER 5 Fall 2022
- SEMESTER 6 Winter 2023
- SEMESTER 7 Fall 2023
For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.
Program of Study
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.
|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|
|PEG 1220||Heating, Refrig./Gas Compression I||3|
|PEG 1231||Power Plant Operations II 1||11|
|PEG 1008||Prime Movers I||4|
|PEG 1215||Applied Chemistry I||2|
|PEG 1002||Field Placement I||1|
|PEG 1261||Building Systems||3|
|One General Education course. 2||3|
|PEG 1003||Credential Validation I||1|
|ENG 1754||Technical Communication||3|
|PEG 2325||Math, Physics & Thermodynamics||4|
|PEG 2330||Power Plant Operation III 1||4|
|PEG 2420||Electricity & Control Systems II||4|
|PEG 2430||Safety & Administration II||4|
|One General Education course. 2||3|
|PEG 2310||Applied Chemistry II||2|
|PEG 2315||Heating, Refrig. & Gas Comp. II||4|
|PEG 2321||Boilers and Auxiliaries II||3|
|PEG 2426||Prime Movers II||3|
|PEG 2442||Power Plant Operation IV 1||4|
|PEG 1004||Field Placement II||1|
|PEG 1006||Nuclear and Alternate Energy||3|
|One General Education course. 2||3|
|PEG 1005||Credential Validation II||1|
|PEG 3541||Power Plant Operations V 1||3|
|PEG 3725||Power Plant Systems & Controls||4|
|PEG 3712||Fuels Combus. & Envir. Protection||4|
|PEG 3715||Refrigeration & Gas Compression||4|
|TEC 3501||Technical Report Research||1|
|PEG 3641||Power Plant Operations VI 1||3|
|PEG 1000||Applied Mechanics||3|
|PEG 3530||Indust. Admin & Code Calculations||4|
|PEG 1001||Metallurgy & Testing of Materials||2|
|TEC 3601||Technical Report||1|
|PEG 3620||Boilers & Auxiliaries III||4|
|PEG 3610||Industrial Water Treatment||4|
|PEG 3625||Prime Movers III||4|
|PEG 3630||Piping Systems & Mechanical Drawing||4|
Course with lab component.
For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.
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.
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
- District heating plants
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.