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Power the world with a career as an operating engineer

Power Engineering Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op program

Be an operating engineer in only 24 months! TSSA-approved training. Co-op gives you the work experience today’s employers are looking for.

Program code PETY
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Delivery Full-time

Program information

Program description

Students develop the skills and knowledge to operate high-energy processes found in power plants such as steam production and use, refrigeration, and gas compression. These processes are found in many industrial, commercial and institutional facilities to support manufacturing, food production, and electrical power generation, as well as to heat and cool buildings. Students learn to operate and maintain equipment such as high-pressure steam systems, boilers, turbines, compressors, chillers, pumps and condensers. In order to ensure power plant processes are operated safely and efficiently, students acquire strong foundation in equipment theory and the underlying science that explains how these machines work. Additionally, students benefit from experiential learning in an on-campus Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) registered power plant, a power plant simulator, and through co-op learning experiences.

The program follows the Standardized Power Engineers Examination Committee (SOPEEC) 4th and 3rd class syllabus and prepares students to write TSSA examinations required for both the 4th and 3rd Class Power (Operating) Engineer certifications.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Winter 2022 Owen Sound
Summer 2022 Owen Sound
Fall 2022 Owen Sound

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes co-op work term and field placement components where you will gain practical, hands-on work experience in your field to prepare for your future career.

What are the admission requirements for the Power Engineering Technology program?

Power Engineering Technology admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)
  • And one of:
    • Grade 12 Physics (C or U)
    • Grade 12 Chemistry (C or U)
    • Grade 11 Chemistry (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

What career paths can I take as a power or operating engineer?

Your Power Engineering Technology advanced diploma gives you many career opportunities

Graduates of this program may find rewarding careers as power or operating engineers in a wide variety of industries. Graduates may work at electrical power generating plants, as well as heating and cooling plants, schools, hospitals and other commercial buildings. Manufacturing, food processing and natural resources are areas in which students may find employment.

What courses are included in the Power Engineering Technology advanced diploma program?

Course overview

32 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses

3 General Education Courses
1 Field Placement
1 Co-op Work Term

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Power Engineering Technology program outline.

  • CHEM 1010 – Chemistry and the Environment
  • ELEC 1009 – Electricity and Controls
  • PENG 1007 – Introduction to Power Engineering
  • PENG 1012 – Power Plant Fundamentals
  • PENG 1013 – Power Plant Communications
  • PENG 1014 – Power Plant Simulation 1
  • PENG 1015 – Power Engineering Introductory Math and Sciences
  • WETC 1010 – Welding Techniques

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