Power Engineering Technology - Mechanical | St. Clair College
Program Code: T941
Status: Open
Three Year - Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Starts: September
Contact:
Academic Coordinator
Dave Belanger
519-972-2727 ext. 4757
Placements Coordinator

Program Overview

Power Engineering Technologists operate and maintain the energy components of power plants in industrial, commercial and large residential buildings, hospitals and schools. Their work involves monitoring, adjusting, analyzing and solving problems with power boilers, turbines, compressors, refrigeration chillers, pumps and other related equipment. They may also assist Mechanical Engineers in the planning and design of power plant systems and operations. Day to day responsibilities can include conducting visual inspections and tests to ensure safety and optimum performance, ensuring that provincial and federal regulations are adhered to, and respond to emergency situations.

This program will help prepare you to challenge the TSSA 4th, 3rd, and 2nd Class Operating Engineer exams. It will also prepare you for operational, maintenance, supervisory and management roles in industrial settings. You'll gain knowledge and skills of plant operation and maintenance, at the 4th Class level in first year, the 3rd Class level in second year, and the 2nd Class level in your final year. Practical knowledge will be performed in our newly renovated million dollar power plant lab.

Program Highlights

  • At the forefront of offering preparation towards Certification for 2nd Class Operating Engineers under T.S.S.A. (Technical Standards and Safety Authority) and SOPEEC (Standardized Interprovincial certification). The Operating Engineer certification is recognized across Canada.
  • Program is accredited by TSSA for reduced practical time for 4th, 3rd, and 2nd Class certification. This is only 1 of 3 colleges in Canada to be accredited for 2nd Class certification.
  • St. Clair College will find eligible students their 4th Class & 3rd Class steam time. The student must be prepared to go anywhere in Ontario and assume that the work placement is unpaid. 4th Class placement runs during semester 3 for 3 months, and 3rd Class placement runs during semester 5 for 1 month (May-August). Complete information regarding work placement is available from the Program Coordinator.
  • Certified Engineering Technologist designation agreement with OACETT (Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technologists and Technicians) is possible.
  • For the 4th year in a row, St. Clair College has secured 100% of work placements for 3rd and 4th Class students who have met the placement criteria.

Career Opportunities

Excellent job opportunities as 4th, 3rd, & 2nd Class Power Engineers, maintenance technicians, refrigeration operators and plant operators in a wide range of facilities including electrical power generation plants, light and heavy industry, refineries, food processing plants, refrigeration plants, schools, hospitals, commercial buildings, ice rinks and municipal water and wastewater treatment plants. Entry level positions include 4th & 3rd class Power (operating) Engineering technologists, “Operator-In-Training” for water or wastewater treatment plants and the possibility to advance to 2nd Class Power (Operating) Engineer certification within a short time period.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:

  • Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Grade 12 Math (C) or (U)
  • Senior level Physics (C) or (U)

Students must be 18 years of age to write TSSA 4th Class examinations. The first TSSA exam takes place between first and second semester.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
PSE119
Plant Communication And Maintenance
4
MTH143
Mathematics I
3
PSE140
Industrial Legislation & Safety
3
PSE128
Introduction To Boilers
2
PSE124
Chemistry Thermodynamics & Environmental Pollution Control
2
PSE117
Materials And Welding
2
PSE129
Introduction To Electrical Controls And Instrumentation
4
PSE118
Applied Mechanics-4th Class
3
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
PSE445G
Industrial Environmental Awareness
3
MTH243
Mathematics II
3
PSE217
Introduction To Gas & Steam Turbines
3
PSE219
Power Engineering Practical I
6
PSE203
Water Treatment
2
PSE222
Auxillary Building & Heating/Cooling Systems
2
PSE224
Introduction To Refrigeration And HVAC
3
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
PSE315
Work Placement 4th Class
32
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
PSE414
Power Engineering Practical II
4
PSE404
Applied Mathematics/Mechanics - 3rd Class
3
PSE411
Thermodynamics - 3rd Class
3
PSE418
Applied Science - Chemistry And Metallurgy
2
PSE416
Electrotechnology
4
PSE419
Industrial Legislation Combustion And Plant Auxillary Systems
2
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
PSE478
Simulator
3
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
PSE516
Steam Generators & Auxiliaries
5
PSE517
Water & Wastewater Treatment And Plant Administration
3
PSE508
Industrial Refrigeration & Air Comp
3
PSE509
Steam & Gas Turbines Including Cogeneration
3
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
PSE518
Power Engineering Practical III
4
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
PSE611
3rd Class Workplacement
11
Semester 7 & 8 (12 week semester)
Code Title Credits
PSE901
2nd Class Steam Generators And Auxiliaries
4
PSE778
2nd Class Water Treatment
3
PSE1000
2nd Class Heat Engines And Prime Movers
4
PSE1001
Mechanical Drawing Lubrication And Piping
3
Semester 9 & 10 (12 week semester)
Code Title Credits
PSE715
2nd Class Mechanics
4
PSE717
Industrial Administration And Code Calculations
3
PSE800
2nd Class Thermodynamics
4
PSE803
Metallurgy & Material Testing
3
PSE1002
Power Engineering Practical 4B
2
PSE906
Power Engineering Practical 4A
2
Semester 11 & 12 (12 week semester)
Code Title Credits
PSE1003
Industrial Controls
3
PSE1004
Plant Systems Combustion And Environmental Protection
4
PSE1005
Power Engineering Practical V
2
PSE1006
2nd Class Refrigeration And Compression Systems
3
PSE1007
2nd Class Electrical
4

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2020-2021 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Stationary Engineering Technology (Ontario College Advanced Diploma) (MTCU Code 69100)

  1. Work in accordance with occupational safety procedures to minimize risk and enhance personal and public safety.
  2. Analyze and solve complex technical problems related to power engineering technology and plant systems by applying the principles of mathematics, engineering and science.
  3. Perform tasks related to power engineering and plant administration in accordance with relevant laws, policies, ethical principles, procedures, and industry standards.  
  4. Communicate effectively and accurately by evaluating, translating, and applying relevant drawings and other related documents.
  5. Operate, monitor and troubleshoot process equipment and electrical systems including boilers, prime movers, refrigeration systems, and associated auxiliaries to ensure safety and efficiency.
  6. Monitor and control environmental discharges associated with power plant operation adhering to plant procedures and complying with local, provincial and federal legislation.
  7. Utilize instrumentation and control systems to support the safe and efficient operations of a power plant.
  8. Comply with the theory and accepted principles and practices of metallurgy, welding and testing of materials as they relate to power engineering.