Power Engineering Technology
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Co-op Work Term + 1 Field Placement
Length: 5 Semesters, plus 1 work term
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Summer 2022
Location: Owen Sound
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.
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.
Program Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- work in accordance with occupational safety procedures to minimize risk and enhance personal and public safety;
- evaluate and solve complex technical problems related to power engineering technology and plant systems by applying the principles of mathematics and science;
- perform tasks related to power engineering and plant administration in accordance with relevant laws, policies, ethical principles, procedures and industry standards;
- Communicate information effectively and accurately by evaluating, translating and interpreting relevant drawings and other related documents;
- apply principles of operation for process equipment and electrical systems including boilers, prime movers, refrigeration systems, and associated auxiliaries to ensure safety and efficiency;
- implement strategies that mitigate the effects of power generation on the environment;
- utilize instrument and control systems to support the safe and efficient operations of a power plant;
- outline accepted standards and practices of metallurgy, welding and testing of metals for quality control inspections in power plant operations;
- manage power plant operations, equipment and personnel in a simulated power plant environment;
- relate effectively to co-workers, subordinates and supervisors in the work environment;
- apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.
All co-operative education programs at Georgian contain mandatory work term experiences aligned with program learning outcomes. Co-op work terms are designed to integrate academic learning with work experience, supporting the development of industry specific competencies and employability skills.
Georgian College holds membership with, and endeavours to follow, the co-operative education guidelines set out by the Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) as supported by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.
Co-op is facilitated as a supported, competitive job search process. Students are required to complete a Co-op and Career Preparation course scheduled prior to their first co-op work term. Students engage in an active co-op job search that includes applying to positions posted by Co-op Consultants, and personal networking. Co-op work terms are scheduled according to a formal sequence that alternates academic and co-op semesters as shown in the program progression below.
Programs may have additional requirements such as a valid driver’s license, strong communication skills, industry specific certifications, and ability to travel. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be unable to complete the program progression as shown below. Please refer to Georgian College Academic Regulation 3.2.7: Changes in program, course, section or co-op, for details.
International co-op work terms are supported and encouraged, when aligned with program requirements.
Further information on co-op services can be found at www.GeorgianCollege.ca/co-op
The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.
- Sem 1: Fall 2021
- Sem 2: Winter 2022
- Work Term 1: Summer 2022
- Sem 3: Fall 2022
- Sem 4: Winter 2023
- Sem 5: Summer 2023
- Sem 1: Winter 2022
- Sem 2: Summer 2022
- Work Term 1: Fall 2022
- Sem 3: Winter 2023
- Sem 4: Summer 2023
- Sem 5: Fall 2023
- Sem 1: Summer 2022
- Sem 2: Fall 2022
- Work Term 1: Winter 2023
- Sem 3: Summer 2023
- Sem 4: Fall 2023
- Sem 5: Winter 2024
A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/
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: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/
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:
32 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
1 Field Placement
1 Co-op Work Term
To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.
The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more than one intake is offered contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.
|CHEM 1010||Chemistry and the Environment||42|
|ELEC 1009||Electricity and Controls||70|
|PENG 1007||Introduction to Power Engineering||28|
|PENG 1012||Power Plant Fundamentals||56|
|PENG 1013||Power Plant Communications||28|
|PENG 1014||Power Plant Simulation 1||14|
|PENG 1015||Power Engineering Introductory Math and Sciences||70|
|WETC 1010||Welding Techniques||42|
|PENG 1006||Power Plant Operations||84|
|PENG 1011||Prime Movers and Engines||42|
|PENG 1016||Power Engineering Skills Lab 1||42|
|PENG 1017||Power Engineering Skills Lab 2||28|
|PENG 1018||Power Plant Simulation 2||14|
|HRAC 1001||Refrigeration and Air Conditioning||70|
|Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.||42|
|Select 1 course from the General Education list during registration|
|CHEM 2003||Advanced Chemistry and the Environment||42|
|MATH 2010||Power Engineering Mathematics||42|
|PENG 2011||Fluid Mechanics||42|
|PENG 2012||Power Plant Simulation 3||14|
|PENG 2013||Advanced Power Plant Operations||84|
|PENG 2014||Power Engineering Skills Lab 3||42|
|ELEC 2026||Instrumentation and Control Systems||42|
|ELEC 2027||Power Engineering Electricity||42|
|MENG 2018||Applied Mechanics||42|
|PENG 2015||Project Management and Plant Administration||42|
|PENG 2016||Power Plant Technical Drawings||28|
|PENG 2017||Power Plant Auxiliary Equipment||42|
|Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.||42|
|General Education Courses|
|Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.||42|
|PENG 2018||Advanced Refrigeration and Air Conditioning||50|
|PENG 2019||Advanced Prime Movers and Engines||50|
|PENG 2020||Power Engineering Skills Lab 4||40|
|PENG 2021||Power Plant Simuation 4||20|
|TECR 3007||Power Engineering Technical Report||14|
|PENG 3008||Power Engineering Work Integrated Learning||160|
|Select 1 general education course from standard list (online - 14 weeks)||42|
|Co-op Work Term||Hours|
|COOP 1030||Power Engineering Work Term (occurs after Semester 2)||560|
Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.
Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs.
Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.