Lambton College’s Chemical Production & Power Engineering program has gained national recognition for its ability to train advanced level operators for various industrial sectors, most notably in the petrochemical and energy streams.

In a continued effort to respond to both local and regional training needs, the program was recently updated to include two new industrial bio-technology courses to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to pursue career opportunities in the renewable chemicals industry.

Students enrolled in this program will train in Lambton College’s Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies where they will have access to industry standard labs and pilot plant facilities, providing a state-of-the-practice learning environment.

Experiential learning is emphasized through the program’s unique co-op model, which is designed to support the employment needs of industry year round. Additionally, students will participate in ongoing projects designed to cultivate teamwork, communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills that can be used in future workplace scenarios when analyzing operating problems in the plant environment.

Graduates of this program will possess their 4th Class Operating Engineering certification training and also demonstrate distinct engineering level skills as a plant operator. Upon successful completion of the first three terms of this program, students are eligible for a nine-month practical time reduction towards their 4th Class Operating Engineering certificate.

This program is also available in an accelerated format.

Please Note: In recent years, students in the CPET program have had the unique opportunity to take some or all of their courses in an online format. Due to issues with very low enrolments in CPET online courses, the College has decided to offer only select courses. If by Day 8 we do not have sufficient enrolments, the College reserves the right to cancel any current offerings. As we develop an updated delivery model, details will be communicated to all interested students.

For more information about these changes, please contact the School of Technology, Energy & Apprenticeship at 519-542-7751 ext 3584. Students should be aware that taking core courses online does not qualify the student for the 4th Class practical time reduction.

Get more information about the online format.

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 assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(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.