Power Engineering Technology


Co-op & Placement Information

Securing a Co-op

The job market for co-op is very competitive. Students who have met the co-op eligibility are highly encouraged to actively participate in the recruitment process in the semester prior to their co-op work term. This includes, but is not limited to, attending all recruitment workshops, meeting with your program co-op advisor, regularly searching through the MyCareer Job Posting System and other job posting sites, networking; and contacting potential employers. The MyCareer Centre actively pursues employers, however there may be limited availabilities so students should seek out additional employers to secure their own co-op.

If a co-op position is not secured prior to the start of a co-op semester, students should meet with their program co-op advisor to discuss next steps.  Any student who secures their own position must contact their program co-op advisor prior to the start of employment to determine if this position is considered acceptable as a co-op and to complete the appropriate paperwork to register the co-op.  This is necessary in order for either the insurance to be put in place or for the employer to get a tax credit letter.

Students who are unable to acquire a co-op position will still be allowed to continue through the program starting the next academic semester.

Note: Securing an approved co-op position during one of two available co-op semesters is one of the requirements for obtaining the TSSA 4th Class Certification. As well, 4th Class Certification is required prior to being able to receive 3rd Class steam time reduction in the 4th – 6th academic semesters.(Read TSSA 4th Class Certification Requirements).

For more information on securing a co-op, read the MyCareer Co-Operative Education and Internship Procedures.

TSSA 4th Class Certification Requirements

  • Successful completion of the first 3 academic semesters of the program. This provides students with 9 months of practical steam time reduction.
  • Successful completion of the TSSA administered 4A and 4B exams. These require additional fees paid for by the student.
  • Completion of an approved co-op position that provides the remaining 3 months of required practical steam time.

TSSA 3rd Class Certification Requirements

  • 4th Class Stationary Engineering Certificate (see above is required prior to the 4th academic semester.
  • Completion of the final 3 academic semesters of the program. This provides students with 11 months of practical steam time reduction. Note: TSSA only accepts courses taken on-ground, not on-line.
  • Successful completion of the TSSA 3rd Class exams. These are administered by the TSSA and require additional fees paid for by the student.
  • Additional post-graduation steam time.

Program Outcome Comparison between CPET and PETC

What CPET covers that PETC does NOT:

  • Advanced Process Operations: distillation, refinery theory and operation including catalytic cracking, sulphur recovery, product finishing plants, absorption
  • Unit operations theory and practice in the areas of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, distillation theory, mass balance, thermal balance, reaction kinetics
  • Advanced control applications as related to chemical, distillation and refining processes

What PETC covers that CPET does NOT:

  • Additional hours of advanced theory and experience on steam boilers, steam turbines, generators and refrigeration systems
  • Advanced power plan and steam utility simulators
  • Advanced operating engineering calculations
  • Alternative power production processes
  • Power plan administration

All other aspects of the two programs in the areas of safety, environmental and sustainability, shutdown planning and scheduling, human interactions, mathematics, communications, electrical systems and devices, general chemistry and mechanical practices are identical for both programs.

Common Outcomes for CPET and PETC

  • Analyze and solve complex technical problems to optimize power plan operations.
  • Apply mathematical, physical, electrical and chemical concepts to the performance of assigned tasks and the analysis of problems.
  • Explain design of process equipment and operate various types of equipment found in process plants to: move fluids, facilitiat heat transfer, effect refrigeration, act as engines, generate power and operate building HVAC systems.
  • Analyze and operate instrumentation systems and process control systems.
  • Utilize analyzers to monitor change in process stream composition.
  • Apply knowledge of electrical systems in process stream composition.
  • Apply basic mechanical skills and perform routine maintenance on process equipment and mechanical systems.
  • Apply knowledge of human interaction and team building skills to the shift work environment.
  • Apply computer skills relevant to the power engineering technology field.
  • Perform relevant Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures.
  • Adhere to appropriate acts, standards and codes for personal safety and the protection for employees, the community and the environment.
  • Discuss principles of sustainable development and process plant impact on the environment and community, and how positive effects can be maintained.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of required areas of power engineering and perform procedures on steam producing processes including start-up, shutdown, operation and troubleshooting at the 4th Class level.
  • Describe environmental principles and compliance requirements. Explain the principles in sound environmental management of a plant site.
  • Develop a plan for continued professional growth.

Key Difference in Outcomes between CPET and PETC


      Key Differences in Outcomes between CPET and PETC
       Relate the flow of fluids in a line to the allowable pressure drop throughout a fluid systemDemonstrate knowledge of required areas of power engineering, and perform procedures on steam, turbine and power generation processes including start-up, shutdown, operation and troubleshooting at the 3rd Class level
       Apply engineering principles for sizing of basic plant and process piping and equipmentUtilize the TSSA Act and operating engineers regulations as required
      Relate the rate of heat transfer in a heat exchanger to the flow rates, the area and the temperature differenceDemonstrate academic preparation to write Operating Engineering examinations 2nd and 3rd Class
      Calculate material balances across unit processesApply mathematics to solve power engineering problems in the areas of applied mechanics, ASME code and thermodynamics
      Sketch flow diagrams for and describe the principles of operations for various petrochemical unit processesExplain combustion processes for solid, liquid and gaseous fuels
      Operate and explain the types of multi-variable control systems used to operate plants and various process control schemes in common applicationsExplain design requirements for steam piping systems and boiler installations
      Perform calculations on statistical quality control charts and interpret dataExplain in detail all of the required safety systems for a boiler and steam plan installation
      Explain the theory and operation of distillation plants (operated on live plant and simulator)Operate a power plant simulation of a large scale steam plant for steam utility and power generation
      Explain the theory and operation of a crude oil refining plant (operated on simulator)Explain the thermodynamic principles and operation of co-generation facilities
      Expaling the theory and operation of a catalytic cracking unit and sulphur recover unit (operated on simulator)Explain the fundamentals of other types of power generation including nuclear, wind, solar and biomass
      Explain the operation of various refinery processes to produce the large variety of products 

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