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Cambrian's award-winning combination of an on-campus power plant combined with proven, accredited curriculum produces graduates who meet with success in their careers and are in high demand from industry.

Over three years of study, the Power Engineering Technology program will supercharge your career opportunities by preparing you to successfully challenge roles in the operation and supervision of power plants and other industrial settings.

Theoretical / practical knowledge and skills will be honed throughout your three years of study in both classroom and lab settings.

Theoretical concepts introduced in class are more fully explained and illustrated in the College's Power Engineering Training Facility.   This facility is where you will learn 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 of study is available as a combination of online or classroom environments. This delivery alternative provides students the flexibility to learn from the convenience of their home communities. 

Graduates meeting the requirements of this TSSA accredited program will earn three different levels of qualifying time reduction.  These entitlements will significantly reduce the amount of time necessary for our graduates to achieve certification and will dramatically accelerate their careers to the next level.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 7 semesters,
  • Theory subjects offered online to students who are interested in obtaining the utmost of flexibility with their studies,
  • Hands-on training in Cambrian's power plant during each of the three years of instruction,
  • Advanced level courses will introduce the student to the management of power plant operations as well as compiling and producing technical reports and presentations, 
  • Qualifying time entitlements are available at the end of each year of instruction.  


Students in the Power Engineering Technology program will have opportunities to gather further qualifying time during industrial work placements.  These placements are traditionally obtained over the summer period between the end of year one and the start of year two; or during the summer period between the end of year two and the start of year three.   

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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)

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Advanced Standing

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.  


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Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

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

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

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.


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 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.

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.