Power Engineering Technology

Program: PETY
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Co-op Work Term + 1 Field Placement
Length: 5 Semesters, plus 1 work term
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017, Winter 2018
Location: Owen Sound


This program has been developed for those seeking employment as power engineering technologists who operate and troubleshoot the energy components in such industries as industrial power plants (chemical, food, pulp and paper etc.), electrical power plants (coal, gas, nuclear, wind, solar, methane, cogeneration, flex fuel etc.), or commercial buildings. Operating (Power) Engineers are certified professionals who apply technologies and operate and maintain equipment such as boilers, steam turbines, refrigeration, and gas compression. Subjects of instruction will follow the Standardized Power Engineers Examination Committee (SOPEEC) syllabus and prepare the students to write the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) examinations for 4th and 3rd class certification. This program features co-operative training and use of a state-of-the art power systems control room simulator.

Career Opportunities

The graduate of this program may find a rewarding career as a power or operating engineer in a wide variety of industries including electrical power generating plants, heavy and lighter industries, schools, hospitals and other commercial buildings. This may include operation of a small scale power plant such as those that exist in remote northern aboriginal communities.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • work in accordance with practices and procedures that minimize risk and enhance personal and public safety;
  • operate the components of a power plant including boilers, steam turbines, refrigeration systems, gas compression, electrical generators, and other auxiliary equipment;
  • use industry standard power engineering technology in the performance of work and be able to adapt to changes in the industry;
  • relate effectively to coworkers, subordinates, and supervisors in the work environment;
  • perform duties in accordance with established codes, regulations, and legislation;
  • work in a professional manner and employ ethical practices;
  • use strategies that mitigate the effects of power generation on the environment;
  • identify problems with power plant systems and equipment;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website:

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Work Term 1: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019
  • Sem 5: Summer 2019

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Work Term 1: Fall 2018
  • Sem 3: Winter 2019
  • Sem 4: Summer 2019
  • Sem 5: Fall 2019


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/

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (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:

Graduation Requirements

23 Mandatory Courses
1 Work Integrated Learning

2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
1 Co-op Work Term

Graduation Eligibility

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.


Mandatory Courses
CHEM 1010Chemistry and the Environment
CHEM 2003Advanced Chemistry and the Environment
ELEC 1009Electricity and Controls
ELEC 3011Instrumentation and Control Systems
ELEC 3012Power Engineering Electricity
HRAC 1000Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
HRAC 3006Advanced Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
MATH 2010Power Engineering Mathematics
MENG 2018Applied Mechanics
PENG 1005Power Plant Simulation
PENG 1006Power Plant Operations
PENG 1007Introduction to Power Engineering
PENG 1008Power Engineering Sciences
PENG 1009Power Engineering Skills Lab
PENG 1010Heating Systems
PENG 1011Prime Movers and Engines
PENG 2005Power Engineering Skills Lab 2
PENG 2006Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics
PENG 2007Advanced Power Plant Operations
PENG 2008Advanced Prime Movers and Engines
PENG 2009Power Plant Management
PENG 3007Piping and Auxiliaries
WETC 1012Welding and Metallurgy
Work Integrated Learning
PENG 3008Power Engineering Work Integrated Learning
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.
Co-op Work Term
COOP 1030Power Engineering Work Term

Information contained in College documents respecting programs 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. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.