Power Engineering Techniques
- Ontario College Certificate
- College Code:
- Engineering & Information Technology
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2017 / 2018
About the ProgramThis program is designed to introduce students to all aspects of power generation and maintenance operation, both theoretical and practical, at the 4th class level. 4th class power engineers may operate and maintain the machinery and equipment that provides power, heat, refrigeration and other industrial services. This may include boilers, steam and gas turbines, generators, gas and diesel engines, pumps, condensers, compressors and pressure vessels in large facilities, buildings, industrial power and process plants and thermal electric generating stations. Subjects of instruction will follow the Standardized Power Engineers Examination Committee (SOPECC) syllabus and help prepare the student to challenge the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) examinations required for 4th class certification as a power engineer.
Program InformationLength: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 - Fall | Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 39
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
- Grade 12 Mathematics, C or U, or equivalent OR Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics for Trades (MATH1420)
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- A sound mathematical background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cut-offs apply.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
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Graduate OpportunitiesUpon successful completion of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) examinations required for 4th class certification as an operating engineer, graduates may find employment in industrial and non-industrial settings having power plants and other industrial equipment requiring a certified operating engineer.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
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|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
Description: This course will describe the environmental impacts and control methods for solid, liquid, gaseous & noise pollutants in a power plant. Students will explain the impact of liquid waste, gases & vapours on the environment and will describe the impacts operating facilities have on the environment and how to deal with these impacts.
|DRWG1990||Sketching and Communication
Description: Students will learn the different types, and proper use of plant communication systems. Students will plan, write and edit routine work-related messages practicing writing fundamentals and sentence, paragraph and memo composition. Students will describe how to set up plant and equipment sketches as well as line tracing diagrams. Mechanical drawing fundamentals with various views and use of drawing instruments to make basic engineering sketches of plant equipment will be practiced.
|MATH1480||Applied Math and Elementary Mechanics
Description: This Course will cover basic mathematical operations involving fractions, decimals and percentages using SI and Imperial units. Student will be able to describe ratios and proportion, transpose equations to find values for different variables in a formula, describe and calculate various types of measurement and volumes and perform simple calculations involving SI and imperial units. The course also covers terms used in the study of mechanics and the mathematical relations pertaining to mechanics.
|MECH1300||Elementary Chemistry and Thermodynamics
Description: In this course students will be able to explain basic chemistry principles, basic types of matter and their properties, the principles of thermodynamics including the laws of thermodynamics and the modes of heat transfer, temperature and thermal expansion, specific, sensible and latent heat, thermodynamics of steam, steam tables, interpolation. Students will also perform heat calculations in metric and imperial measurement systems.
Description: In this course students will discuss the basic types of piping, piping connections, supports, drainage devices and insulation. Students will learn to sketch and describe standard valve designs, piping arrangements and steam system pressure-reducing valves. Student will apply skills of typical valve maintenance requirements and the operation of specialized boiler valves.
|MECH1325||High Pressure Boiler Design, Combustion, Operation Feedwater
Description: This course covers development of boiler design, terminology, firetube, watertube and electric boiler construction, support, suspension and refractory. Included is definition of natural, forced, induced and balanced methods of mechanical draft and combustion including oil, gas and coal burners and safety, fuel composition and heating value. Fluidized bed, grate systems, safety and relief valves, steam drum, superheaters, reheaters, economizers, air heaters and insulation are included. Operations such as boiler startup, operation, shutdown and emergency. Operation of soot blowers, blowdown, chemical and mechanical cleaning, boil out and layup and hydrostatic testing, safety and inspection are addressed. Cause and prevention of boiler explosion are explored. Feedwater treatment, testing and deaeration are covered in detail. Students will study in depth the purpose and content of relevant ASME and CSA Codes and Provincial Acts and Regulations pertaining to boilers and pressure vessels. Students will apply these skills in a steam lab environment.
|OHS1115||Power Plant/Heating Plant Safety
Description: Students will learn the general plant safety and common safety programs implemented in Power, Heating, Pressure, and Industrial plants employ Power Engineers including the significance of the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) for classification and labeling of controlled products, and use of Material Safety Data Sheets. Plant safety will be explored including the costs and effects of workplace injuries and personal protective equipment. Isolation of mechanical and electrical equipment will be applied as well as confined space entry. First aid, CPR and artificial respiration will be practiced and the role of safety committees described. Fire fundamentals and procedures, classification of fires and the types of extinguishing methods including use of potable fire extinguishers, their construction and operation are covered.
|OHS1320||Safety in the Workplace
Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.
Description: This course is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the mechanical properties and selection of ferrous and non-ferrous materials, plus the effects and purposes of various alloys. Heat treating, case hardenings are described. The methods, equipment and safe applications for oxy- acetylene and MIG/TIG welding and brazing will be covered. Students will also define welding terms and apply methods of weld inspection and describe welder qualifications.
|FPLT1175||Field Placement (Power Engineering Techniques)
Description: This three month field placement provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills in a work situation. The student will apply the skills taught in the in-class component of the program and will demonstrate effective work habits.
|CNTR1010||Controls and Instrumentation
Description: This course covers plant instrumentation terms and definitions and methods for process measurement. Electrical and electronic control loop components, instrumentation, gauges and control systems and programming, the construction and operation of commonly used devices for measuring pressure, level, temperature, flow and composition, the functions of transmitters, recorders, controllers and control valves are all explored. Types of computers, principles, software, languages, applications and components are reviewed. The design, operation and testing of low water fuel cutoffs, mercury switches and thermocouples are also covered. The operation of equipment used to automatically start-up and shut down boilers and the proper testing and maintenance procedures will be examined.
Description: In this course students will learn the concepts of basic electricity and simple calculations using voltage, current, resistance and power. Ohm's law, basic principles of magnetism, the use of electrical metering devices, the operating principles of the various types of AC and DC motors and generators, and the operating principles, construction and maintenance of transformers will also be covered. Safe operation of all electrical equipment is also covered.
|ETR1115||Employment and Job Search Skills
Description: The student will examine the skills that employers need in today's workplace: teamwork, problem solving, decision making, ability to organize and goal setting. In addition, the student will learn strategies for accessing the job market as well as resume creation, interview and negotiation skills.
|MECH1330||Prime Movers and Engines, Pumps and Compressors, Lubrication
Description: This course will introduce students to the conversion of heat into mechanical energy including the construction and operation of the simple steam engine, steam turbines, internal combustion engines as well as prime mover terminology and application of cooling towers and condensers. Students will learn about various types of pumps, their theory, operation and maintenance. Air compression is explored including theory, altitude, barometers as well as reciprocating and axial compressors construction, equipment, systems, lubrication and operation. Principles of lubrication, classes, viscosities, applications and systems, the application of lubricants and other maintenance procedures are addressed as well as bearing lubrication, maintenance and failure.
|MECH1345||Heating Boiler and Heating Systems Controls
Description: This course will allow the student to identify the types of watertube, tubular & firetube boilers used in heating systems, explain the uses of cast iron boilers, and identify the various oil burners & gas burners used on heating boilers. The operating principles of pressure gauges, safety valves, and boiler fittings on low pressure steam boilers will be examined. Students will explain the operating principles of basic boiler fittings on hot water boilers and identify the operational procedures that relate to automatically-fired, low-pressure hot water and steam heating boilers. The principles of steam heating systems, equipment and components and the various designs, accessories, operation and troubleshooting of hot water heating systems will be covered. The principles of warm air heating sources, the components and maintenance requirements of typical warm air heating & ventilation systems, and the various ventilation systems in buildings and infrared and electric heating systems will be studied. Feedwater control methods, devices used on low-pressure steam boilers, the various operating controls on low-pressure heating boilers, and the design and operation of various combustion controls on heating boilers and the components in a pneumatic control system, electric and electronic control circuit will also be covered.
|MECH1350||Auxiliary Building Systems
Description: This course covers various building systems including lighting systems and principles including types of units including incandescent and fluorescent. Building water supply systems operation and maintenance, including hot water heaters, controls and protection and trouble-shooting are studied. Sanitary drainage systems and maintenance are examined, as well as options for snow melt systems.
|MECH1360||Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Description: This course will cover vapour compression systems including safety, application of CSA B.52 code, thermodynamics of refrigeration and properties of refrigerants, compression refrigeration systems and compressor components. Heat exchangers for refrigeration systems, metering devices and capacity controls, cycle controls, and system accessories are studied. Compression refrigeration operation, maintenance and troubleshooting are applied. Absorption refrigeration systems, components, auxiliaries, operation and maintenance are reviewed. Air conditioning is explored through the psychometric properties of air, applications of the psychometric chart for comfort, fans for distribution, ducting, coil types and operation as well as humidification and dehumidification. Air conditioning systems are addressed including unitary and central systems, combined systems components, auxiliaries, operation and maintenance, heat recovery systems, controls, as well as heat gains and losses in buildings, system components and auxiliaries.
Description: This course will cover power plant maintenance from the perspective of the safe use of common hand and power tools, safe and proper setup of equipment for climbing, hoisting & rigging such as scaffolds, ladders, ropes, cables and fasteners. The general servicing and maintenance required for all boiler types including refractory, tubes, stays, safety valves and preparation of a boiler for inspection, cleaning, testing, lay up, and welder qualifications are covered
|MECH1380||Types of Plants
Description: This course will explain the basic design of hot oil systems, components, auxiliaries, operation and maintenance, including the safety requirements of the direct-fired heater. The basic equipment and processes used in refining of natural gas and the production of pulp mill processes, equipment, operation and safety will be studied as well as steam-related processes in food processing plants, sawmills and oil refineries.
- Disassemble and assemble components to required specifications by applying workshop skills and knowledge of basic shop practices.
- Select and use a variety of troubleshooting techniques and test equipment to assess and control fuels and combustion, electronic circuits, boiler control systems, feed water treatment, pumps, piping, power systems, and subsystems.
- Apply knowledge of electrical calculations, applied mechanics, thermodynamics, and applied science to the code calculation, testing and analysis of power systems and subsystems.
- Communicate information, using electronic resources as necessary, to effectively and accurately document, manage and control projects to a critical path in a power operating environment to appropriate standards.
- Apply safe working practices to maintain and operate plants effectively, including fire protection systems, responsibly and with accountability to appropriate standards and in compliance with Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) regulations.
- Manage quality-control procedures.
- Develop and use strategies and plans to manage professional growth, job performance, and work relationships.
- Complete all assigned work in compliance with occupational, health, safety, and environmental law; established policies and procedures; codes and regulations and industrial legislation; and in accordance with ethical principles.
- Troubleshoot various power operating system problems by using problem-solving and critical thinking skills and strategies and by applying fundamental knowledge of power operation, components, and their interrelationships.
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