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Power Engineering Technology - Mechanical

St. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Start dates
Windsor (Ontario, Canada)
September 2023

Windsor (Ontario, Canada)
September 2024

Windsor (Ontario, Canada)
September 2025

About this program

Power Engineering Technology - Mechanical

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.

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.

Other regions (English proficiency test required)

  • High school diploma/graduation certificate and transcript or equivalent in original language and English translation.
  • English proficiency requirement:
    • TOEFL iBT 78 with no band lower than 20, or PBT score of 550, or CBT score of 213 / IELTS 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5, Duolingo score of 100.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website

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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

Semester 7 & 8 (12 week semester)

  • 2nd class steam generators and auxiliaries
  • 2nd class water treatment
  • 2nd class heat engines and prime movers
  • Mechanical drawing, lubrication and piping

Semester 9 & 10 (12 week semester)

  • 2nd class mechanics
  • Industrial administration and code calculations
  • 2nd class thermodynamics
  • Metallurgy & material testing
  • Power engineering practical 4B
  • Power engineering practical 4A

Semester 11 & 12 (12 week semester)

  • Industrial controls
  • Plant systems, combustion and environmental protection
  • Power engineering practical V
  • 2nd class refrigeration and compression systems
  • 2nd class electrical

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


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

  1. Utilize instrumentation and control systems to support the safe and efficient operations of a power plant.
  2. Manage power plant activities such as maintenance and shift schedules for process equipment and electrical systems including boilers, prime movers, refrigeration systems, and associated auxiliaries to ensure safety and efficiency.
  3. Analyze and solve complex technical problems related to power engineering technology 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. Critically self-reflect to determine relevant strategies for ongoing professional development and career advancement in the power engineering field.
  7. Perform tasks related to power engineering and plant administration in accordance with relevant laws, policies, ethical principles, procedures, and industry standards to minimize risk and enhance personal and public safety.
  8. Relate effectively with co-workers and supervisors to build a supportive and purposeful team culture within the organization.
  9. Comply with the theory and accepted principles and practices of metallurgy, welding, and testing of materials as they relate to power engineering.

Career paths

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.

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