Power Engineering

Power up an exciting career.

Learn about boilers, steam and gas turbines, generators, pumps, compressors, pressure vessels and more. This is an intense program with exceptional practicums in the oil and gas industry and an abundance of career opportunities.

4th Class Certification includes 25 weeks of study and 160 hours of field placement3rd Class Certification includes 52 weeks of study and 960 hours of field placement

Career Potential
A student with the appropriate training in the power engineering field and possesses a valid power engineering certificate may find career opportunities in the oil and gas industries, electrical utilities companies, chemical processing plants, pulp and paper industries, and building operations.



Credential
Certificate

Admission Requirements

4th Class: Grade 12 diploma or GED certificate (with transcripts) including a minimum of 65% in English 10-1 or 10-2 or English 10 or 13, Math 10C, Math 10 (Applied or Pure), Math 10 or 13, and Physics 10 or Science 10.

3rd Class: Grade 12 diploma or GED certificate (with transcripts) including a minimum of 65% in English 20-1 or 20-2 or English 20 or 23, Math 20-1 or 20-2, Math 20 (Applied or Pure), Math 20 or 23 and Physics 20, a valid Inter-Provincial 4th Class Power Engineering Certificate or Portage College 4th Class Power Engineering certificate. Please refer to the following link for minimum technical requirements at our Moodlesite for both 4th and 3rd Class.

OTHER: Recommended requirements for students who are considering 2nd or 1st Class Power Engineering include English 30-1 or 30-2, or English 30 or 33, Math 30-1 or 30-2, Math 30 (Applied or Pure), Math 30 or 33 and Physics 30. Program acceptance will include a selection process based on high school marks, other related certification, work experience, and an interview.



Practicum Dates

4th Class: January 1, 2016 - January 31, 2016
3rd Class: May 2, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Practicum locations vary. They are based on industry availability and may be paid or unpaid, at the sole discretion of industry.


Transferability
4th Class: Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to write Part "A" and "B" of the Interprovincial 4th Class Power Engineering exams. Students obtaining a 4th Class Power Engineering Certificate may progress to 3rd Class Power Engineering training offered at Portage College. Please check the current Alberta Power Engineer's Regulation under the Safety Codes Act for further information. Please refer to the Program Policy for information regarding requirements to complete the applicable course.

3rd Class: Students who complete this program will qualify to write the Part 'A' and 'B' 3rd Class Power Engineering Interprovincial Exams. Please check the current Alberta Engineer's Regulation under the Safety Codes for further information. Please check Program Policy for information regarding requirements to complete the applicable course.

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Power Engineering

  • 4TH CLASS POWER ENGINEERING LAB 'A'

    Course ID: PENG112A

    Name: 4TH CLASS POWER ENGINEERING LAB 'A'

    Hours: 70

    Credits: 2

    70 hours of lab training at the Lac La Biche Power Engineering lab. Training includes high and low pressure boiler operation, and water treatment. Approved safety footwear is required.

  • 4TH CLASS POWER ENGINEERING LAB 'B'

    Course ID: PENG112B

    Name: 4TH CLASS POWER ENGINEERING LAB 'B'

    Hours: 70

    Credits: 2

    70 hours of lab training at the Lac La Biche Power Engineering lab. Training includes HVAC systems and turbine start-up. Approved safety footwear is required.

  • 4TH CLASS POWER ENGINEERING THEORY 'A'

    Course ID: PENG113A

    Name: 4TH CLASS POWER ENGINEERING THEORY 'A'

    Hours: 262.5

    Credits: 14

    The following core subject areas are covered in this course: applied science, steam generation, and safety.

  • 4TH CLASS POWER ENGINEERING THEORY 'B'

    Course ID: PENG113B

    Name: 4TH CLASS POWER ENGINEERING THEORY 'B'

    Hours: 332.5

    Credits: 16

    The following core subject areas are covered in this course: plant services, prime movers and auxiliaries, heating ventilating and air conditioning.

  • 4TH CLASS FIELD PLACEMENT

    Course ID: PENG114

    Name: 4TH CLASS FIELD PLACEMENT

    Hours: 160

    Credits: 4

    Plant training will cover a total of 160 hours in a high pressure steam plant. Students perform tasks under plant supervision, and in doing so gain valuable practical experience.

  • APPLIED SCIENCE

    Course ID: PENG200

    Name: APPLIED SCIENCE

    Hours: 160

    Credits: 10

    This course is designed to prepare students for the 3rd Class Power Engineering Part 'A', Paper '1' Interprovincial exam.

  • PLANT SERVICES

    Course ID: PENG202

    Name: PLANT SERVICES

    Hours: 160

    Credits: 10

    This course is designed to prepare students for the 3rd Class Power Engineering Part 'A' and Paper '2' of the Interprovincial Exams.

  • STEAM GENERATION

    Course ID: PENG204

    Name: STEAM GENERATION

    Hours: 140

    Credits: 9

    This course is designed to prepare students for the 3rd Class Power Engineering Part 'B', Paper '1' Interprovincial Exam.

  • PRIME MOVERS AND AUXILIARIES

    Course ID: PENG206

    Name: PRIME MOVERS AND AUXILIARIES

    Hours: 140

    Credits: 9

    This course is designed to prepare students for the 3rd Class Power Engineering Part 'B', Paper '2' Interprovincial Exam.

  • 3RD CLASS FIELD PLACEMENT

    Course ID: PENG220

    Name: 3RD CLASS FIELD PLACEMENT

    Hours: 960

    Credits: 15

    This course will cover a total of 960 hours practical training at high pressure steam plants. Students perform tasks under plant supervision, and in doing so gain valuable practical experience.

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