Program Information

Lambton College is proud to train advanced level operators for the energy, petrochemical and various other industries with its unique Chemical Production & Power Engineering program. Students train in our Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies where they learn on complex lab and pilot plant facilities. This learning is further reinforced with a co-op model that supports students going to employers year-round. Participatory projects emphasize teamwork, communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills that can be used in future workplaces when analyzing operating problems in the plant environment.

Graduates take 4th Class operating engineering certification training and possess certain engineering level skills as a plant operator. Upon successful completion of the first three semesters of this program, students are eligible for a nine-month practical time reduction towards their 4th Class operating engineering certificate.

This program can be taken in an accelerated format.

Please Note: The Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology - Online program is currently under review. Students who apply and are accepted into the Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology program may have an option to take some courses online but the entire program is no longer being offered online in its entirety. For more information about the changes made to the online program, please contact the School of Technology, Energy & Apprenticeship at 519-542-7751 ext 2436.

OACETT recognizes this program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Certified Engineering Technology (CET) category. Students may be required to take certain courses in hybrid or online delivery mode during the program. This career has certain physical requirements.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:
Grade 12 Mathematics C or U
Grade 12 English C or U
Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry C or U or Grade 11 or 12 Physics C or U (both recommended, only one is required)

Please Note: Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology or any grade 12U mathematics is recommended; Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (MAP4C) minimum final grade is 60%. If the program is oversubscribed, students with Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology or any Grade 12U mathematics will be given preference.

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant testing for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The test(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For all other admission requirements applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Employment Opportunities

The majority of graduates will enter into various industries as Operating Engineers and Process Operators. Industries include refining and chemical process, power generation, steel production, pulp and paper, food processing, and other industrial operating or manufacturing industries. Upon completion of the program and necessary work experience, graduates may have the opportunity to move into positions including, but not limited to, unit supervision and shutdown planning.


Upon successful completion of the first three semesters of this program, students will be eligible for a nine-month practical time reduction towards their 4th Class Operating Engineering certification.