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Program overview
2 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Start dates
Windsor (Ontario, Canada)
September 2022

Windsor (Ontario, Canada)
January 2023

Windsor (Ontario, Canada)
September 2023

Windsor (Ontario, Canada)
January 2024

About this program

Power Engineering Technician

This program has been developed for those seeking employment as a power engineering technician who operates and troubleshoots the energy components in 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. The work may involve system monitoring and work with boilers, turbines, and condensers in steam power plants as well as internal combustion engines. 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 after 2 years as an operator. This program features co-operative training and use of a state-of-the-art power systems control room simulator.

Admission requirements

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

  • Grade 11 or 12 Physics
  • Grade 12 English (C or U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)
  • Grade 12 College Mathematics (MAP4C or MCT4C) or any Grade 12 University Mathematics, or equivalent

Recommended subjects include:

  • Physics: Grade 12 College or University (SPH 4C, SPH 4U); OR
  • Chemistry: Grade 12 Chemistry College or Grade 11 or 12 University (SCH 4C, SCH 4U, SCH 3U).

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

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Plant communication and maintenance
  • Mathematics I
  • Industrial legislation & safety
  • Introduction to boilers
  • Chemistry, thermodynamics & environmental pollution control
  • Materials and welding
  • Introduction to electrical controls and instrumentation
  • Applied mechanics - 4th class

Semester 2

  • Industrial environmental awareness
  • Mathematics II
  • Introduction to gas & steam turbines
  • Power engineering practical I
  • Water treatment
  • Auxillary building & heating/cooling systems
  • Introduction to refrigeration and hvac

Semester 3

  • Work placement 4th class
  • Co-op placement 4th class

Semester 4

  • Power engineering practical II
  • Applied mathematics/mechanics - 3rd class
  • Thermodynamics - 3rd class
  • Applied science - chemistry and metallurgy
  • Electrotechnology
  • Industrial legislation, combustion and plant auxillary systems
  • Simulator

Semester 5

  • Steam generators & auxiliaries
  • Water & wastewater treatment and plant administration
  • Industrial refrigeration & air comp
  • Steam & gas turbines including cogeneration
  • Power engineering practical III

Semester 6

  • 3rd class workplacement
  • Co-op placement 3rd class

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the institute website


  • Total Tuition Fee for Domestic Students: $4,194.57
  • Total Tuition Fee for International Students: $15,552.71


The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Examine the operation of typical power plant components including prime movers, heat engines, refrigeration, HVAC, and electrical according to industry standards.
  2. Operate, diagnose, troubleshoot, test and service power plant components in compliance with manufacturers recommendations, industry standard power engineering technology, and Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).
  3. Analyze and solve technical problems related to power engineering and plant systems by applying the principles of mathematics, engineering, and science.
  4. Communicate effectively and accurately by evaluating, translating, and applying relevant drawings and other related documents.
  5. Monitor and control environmental discharges associated with power plant operation adhering to plant procedures and complying with local, provincial, and federal legislation.
  6. Select strategies for ongoing professional development and career advancement in the power engineering field.
  7. Execute power plant operation duties and other assigned work in a professional manner in accordance with Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) regulations, occupational, environmental, health, and fire safety procedures, ethical practices, and laws applicable to the power engineering industry.
  8. Relate effectively to co-workers and supervisors in the work environment through various modes of communication, and by accurately documenting projects and daily tasks.

Career paths

Graduates of this program will find employment opportunities in power generation plants, hospitals, municipalities, schools, process refineries, steel mills, heating and cooling plants. Job titles include apprentice power dispatcher, auxiliary plant operator, building systems technician, control room operator - electrical power systems, distribution control operator - electrical power systems, electrical power systems operator, power dispatcher - generating station, power engineer, power plant operator power plant stationary engineer, stationary engineer and system controller - electrical power systems.

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St. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology

St. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology
2000 Talbot Rd West
N9A 6S4 Windsor

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