This accelerated program provides a fast-track training opportunity for students having the proper admission requirements. The program introduces the theory, knowledge and practical skills required to operate, maintain and manage steam and power equipment in industrial facilities. Throughout Canada, only certified Power (Operating) Engineers are permitted to operate, maintain and manage equipment such as boilers and refrigeration units.

The first two terms provides the academic curriculum needed to prepare for the TSSA 4th Class Operating Engineers 4A and 4B Certification tests.  Students also receive nine months of steam time reduction towards the same certificate.  Those who complete the third term in an approved co-op position will be credited with the final three months of practical steam time required for the 4th Class Certification.

Students who intend on completing Terms 1-3 are highly recommended to challenge the TSSA 4th Class Operating Engineers 4A and 4B tests.  Combined with the steam time credited, success in these tests allow students to register for their 4th Class Certification and to begin obtaining the 11 months of 3rd Class steam time reduction offered in terms 4-6. Students must have their 4th Class Certification prior to Term 4 in order to receive 3rd Class steam time reduction.

Students have the option to exit the program after the Term 2 or after the co-op work term.  Those who leave after Term 2 will not have the steam time requirement for a 4th Class Certification.  Besides the credentials previously mentioned, students who exit early will be awarded a Power Engineering Technician Diploma.

Students entering this program are entering a Mobile Learning - Class+ Experience program. The Class+ Experience is exclusive to Lambton College, where technology inspires learning. Mobile devices allow students to experience learning both inside and outside the classroom, integrating educational apps and tools into class activities. See device requirements.


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Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering or Technology

Completion of Math, Chemistry and Physics at post-secondary level (college or university)

Employment Opportunities

Credentials in power engineering are in high demand in many industries and types of businesses. Our graduates apply their skills to a wide variety of employment options in: power generation, chemical manufacturing, food processing, electrical generation, breweries, petroleum refining, pulp and paper, recreational facilities and institutions such as schools and hospitals. Power Engineers have the opportunity to increase their credentials throughout their career, progressing all the way to 1st Class Power Engineers.

Educational Pathways

See where you could go within Ontario to complete a degree once you've completed this Lambton College program.