Utilities Systems Operator - 486

Ontario College Certificate
One year or less
Learn to operate both the cooling equipment and gas and oil-fired heating equipment found within the residential sector and large buildings.

Program Highlights

Students enrolled in the February intake have the option to partake in advanced fuel training in the second semester of the Gas and Oil Burner Technician 2 (049) program. Details will be provided throughout the first and second semester.

What you'll learn

  • Techniques in operating low pressure steam/hot water boilers, gas/oil burners, air conditioning and refrigeration, turbines and generators.
  • Prepares you for testing and certification by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority as an Oil Burner Technician 3 and a Gas Technician 3.
  • Eligibility to write a Water Operator-in-Training Certification Examination through the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.  This certification covers waste water, water collection, water treatment and water distribution.
  • Optional training includes fluorocarbon refrigerant, ozone depletion training and certification and flexible gas pipe

February Intake:

  • The February intake provides for three consecutive summer months of experiential training
  • Students of the February program have the option to consider Advanced Fuel training in the second and third semester of the Gas and Oil Burner Technician II program. These details will be provided at the time of the utilities in-class instruction

Prospective students and employers should visit the Technical Standards & Safety Authority for details regarding certification.

Mohawk's Utilities Systems Operator program has the highest overall student satisfaction of any comparable program in Ontario.

Students in the program will learn the operations and service of diverse equipment related to heating and cooling plants. They will have the opportunity to explore the techniques in operating steam/hot water boilers, gas/oil burners, air conditioning and refrigeration, turbines and generators.

View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.

Program Length

1 academic year (period of 8 months)

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Tuition and Fees

2019 - 2020 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $704.63 $635.86
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43 $44.43
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,354.04 $1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,163.10 $2,034.33
Total 1st Year Fees $4,197.43

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2019 - 2020 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,490.57 $7,550.57
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43 $44.43
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Per Semester $8,045.00 $7,970.00
Total 1st Year Fees $16,015.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information


Domestic and International student admission requirements

Option are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Foundational skills will be obtained through attending labs consisting of electrical wiring assignments, appliance and component identification, and the fabrication of a piping project.

Field Placement

For more information regarding the Utility Systems Operator 480 hour unpaid field placement, please contact mike.boss [at] mohawkcollege.ca (subject: Field%20Placement%20Inquiry, body: Hello%20Mike%2C%0A%0A) (the field placement specialist.)



Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • HVAC Technicians
  • Water/Waste Water Operators
  • Operators of Facilities/Utilities
  • Oil Burner Technicians
  • Gas Burner Technicians
  • Gas Utility Service Representative 

Where you could work includes:

  • Residential, Commercial and Institutional Buildings
  • Heavy Industry and Physical Plant Settings
  • Natural Gas Suppliers


Career Opportunities



Course Overview & Descriptions

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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

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Domestic Canadian Students

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Phone: 1-905-575-2254
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Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

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*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

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Program Coordinator

Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

  • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

    Jessica Vanhooren - Student Success Advisor

Canadian Domestic Students

Stoney Creek Campus for Skilled Trades (SC)
Sep 2019
Feb 2020

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