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Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology

Program Code: CPET
Credential Type: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Length: Three-Year Co-op
Intake(s): September
Intake Status: Waitlisted
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Lambton is proud to train advanced level operators for petrochemical and various other industries with this Chemical Production and Power Engineering Technology program, which is unique to Ontario. Students train in Lambton College’s Centre of Excellence for Process Manufacturing which contains many complex lab and pilot plant facilities. In-school training is reinforced though a unique co-op placement model that supports students going to employers year-round.

Students have the benefit of participatory projects that emphasize teamwork, communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Upon graduation, students will be able to call upon these skills when analyzing operating problems in the plant environment. Graduates will complete their 4th Class operating engineering certification training and will possess certain engineering level skills as a plant operator. This career has certain physical requirements.

In July 2003, Lambton College was approved by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, to offer a nine-month practical time reduction for Operating Engineering to eligible candidates.

Note: O.A.C.E.T.T. recognizes this program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Certified Engineering Technology (C.E.T.) category.

Students may be required to take certain courses in hybrid or online delivery mode during the program.


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)

Note: Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology or any grade 12U mathematics is recommended. Grade 12 College and Apprenticeship Mathematics 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.


In order to graduate from a program, the College requires that a student:

  1. achieve a GPA of 2.00 or greater, and
  2. successfully complete all courses in the program curriculum.

Some programs may have additional requirements for progression through and/or graduation from the program. Please refer to the program map for any additional program requirements.


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.


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.


For further information contact:

School of Technology, Energy & Apprenticeship
519-542-7751 ext 2436


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