Ontario College Diploma in Electrical Power Generation Technician (Co-op)
Electrical Power Generation technicians install, maintain and test electrical power generation units, and typically work for servicing companies that maintain power supply. It's a specialized field and the job market for qualified technicians is strong.
The specialized, intensive Electrical Power Generation Technician diploma program will prepare you to install, maintain and test electrical power generation units up to 10,000 kilowatts used for emergency power, standby power and prime power generation, in compliance with regulated standards. You will also be able to maintain, service and install diesel, gasoline and natural gas powered generators. The job market for qualified specialists in the electrical and alternate power generation field is strong and growing, due to supply shortages, climate disruptions and the increase in energy demands. Power generator systems ensure consistent power generation in response to unreliable electricity grids or when traditional hydroelectricity is unavailable.
Employment opportunities include work with generator servicing companies that sell and service equipment for mining and aggregate production industries, the construction industry, manufacturing plants, hospitals, hotels and large buildings that require a continuous source of portable, standby and emergency power. The operation of these generators is a highly regulated area and only those trained in their use and service have the skills to deal with such equipment. Upon successful completion of this program, you will have acquired this expertise and will receive an Ontario College Diploma in Electrical Power Generation at the Technician level.
You will take the same program of study as the Heavy Equipment Techniques certificate during the first three semesters. Most of these courses are common to both areas of study. The second (summer) semester is a paid co-op. The fourth semester focuses intensively on the skills required to work in the field of electrical and alternate power generation.
Electrical Power Generation Technician students will have the opportunity to write 3 Levels of the Heavy Equipment Technician Exemption Common Core tests. Successful completion of the three examinations (70% minimum) will satisfy all in-school apprenticeship requirements for completion of a 421A Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Apprenticeship.
* Students complete their paid co-op experience over the summer semester. In this program, you pay tuition and fees for three semesters. In addition, students will pay a co-op fee (approximately $558.00) for administrative costs associated with the co-op.
"As a result of the paid internship, I was offered a job prior to graduation. This is a unique program in a highly specialized field. The industry is growing quickly and many companies are looking for skilled technicians. Fleming College provided a good balance in the curriculum between the necessary safety aspects and the knowledge of how to work with the generation systems."
Andrew Kilgour, program graduate.
Why Choose Fleming
- The Centre for Heavy Equipment Technology at Frost Campus in Lindsay is the only one of its kind in Canada.
- The Centre is known for its up-to-date equipment, extraordinary hands-on learning opportunities, high industry employment rates, and skilled, knowledgeable faculty.
- The opportunity to acquire two specialized, in-demand skill sets, through a certificate in Heavy Equipment Techniques, and a diploma in Electrical Power Generation, will provide you with a unique, comprehensive and powerful combination of expertise when it comes to your job search.
Is this You?
The following skills and characteristics are key to your success in this field:
- strong electrical skills
- safety training and awareness
- knowledge of and adherence to industry-approved standards and relevant codes
- math skills
- computing ability
- strong customer service orientation
- self-motivation, discipline
- good manual dexterity
- willingness to work long/various hours
More Skills. More Opportunities.
If you are a graduate of the Heavy Equipment Techniques program, you can enter into the fourth semester of the Electrical Power Generation Technician program.With one more semester of study, you can obtain an Ontario College Diploma, expand your skills, and your career opportunities. (For the first 3 semesters of the Electrical Power Generation Technician program you take the same courses as for the Heavy Equipment Technician certificate.)
Servicing companies that maintain power supply, such as Total Power, GENREP Ltd., Gal Power Systems, Toromont Energy, Harper Detroit Diesel, Cummins Onan, and Power Station, employ electrical power generation technicians. Hospitals, airports and buildings over five storeys high all require a backup, uninterrupted power supply to meet fire code regulations. Mining and aggregate production industries, which are frequently operating in remote locations, also require technicians to install and maintain generators and electrical power supply. With rising energy demands, the instability of the power grid, and mining industry growth in Alberta and the north, it is easy to understand why the need for qualified technicians is on the increase in Ontario and across the country. Starting salaries range from $16.00 to $18.00 per hour, with plenty of overtime potential. Job titles include:
- electrical power generation technician
- service technician
- maintenance technician
- generator maintenance technician
- emergency and standby generator technician
- diesel mechanic.
Tools and Safety Equipment
All students entering the Heavy Equipment Techniques program are required to purchase and have available, tools and safety equipment for use in our labs and working field. We ask that you acquire the equipment needed for the program prior to start-up.
Minimum Admission Requirements
OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:
- 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)
- 1 College (C) Math course (Grade 11)
When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.
If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be neccessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.
Students who have successfully completed the following programs (or their equivalent) may apply for direct entry into the fourth semester of the Electrical Power Generation Technician program:
- Heavy Equipment Techniques/ Motive Power Techniques
- Other Motive Power Techniques Certificates, such as Automotive Service Technician, Truck and Coach Technician or Farm Equipment Technician.