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Power Engineering Technician

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Power Engineering Technician

Program Overview

Power engineering technicians help keep power plants running safely and efficiently. A shortage of certified technicians means job opportunities have never been better. You could work in the oil patch, mining, manufacturing, energy, health and other industries. It’s a physical job that requires manual dexterity and good vision, as well as problem-solving skills and a knack for working with machinery.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is Saskatchewan’s primary provider of power engineering certification. We offer two levels of training: the one-year Power Engineering Technician certificate program and the two-year Power Engineering Technology diploma program.

The one-year Power Engineering Technician certificate program is offered at Southeast Regional College, (Estevan), Great Plains College (Swift Current), Parkland Regional College (Yorkton), and Carlton Trail Regional College (Humboldt). You’ll study Fourth Class interprovincial standardized material, which will prepare you to challenge interprovincial Fourth Class examinations.

You’ll receive practical training in boiler operations, maintenance techniques and tool use. You’ll develop troubleshooting skills in practical labs, get boiler firing time in the power lab and industry work experience in your second term.

The balance of hands-on labs, work experience and exam preparation makes Saskatchewan Polytechnic graduates productive on the job from day one—something employers look for when hiring and promoting.

Certification Opportunities

Power engineering is divided into levels of skill and training called classes (First Class is the highest level). You progress from one class to another through a combination of work experience, course completions and rigorous interprovincial exams.

As a Power Engineering Technician graduate, you’ll be prepared to challenge:

  • TSASK (Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan) interprovincial (standardized) Fourth Class exams, and
  • TSASK provincial Refrigeration Engineers Certificate exam, which allows you to operate larger refrigeration plans in Saskatchewan

Personal study is recommended before you write any industry certification exam.

Graduates are also eligible to enrol in Year 2 of the Power Engineering Technology program, based on seat availability (note: Power Engineering Technology is currently a high-demand program).

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Graduates are prepared to work as power engineers or process operators in a variety of industrial and heating plants. These include utility (power) plants, refineries, hospitals, pulp and paper mills, breweries, mines, gas processing plants, heavy oil upgraders, fertilizer plants or chemical plants.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Varies:

For more information, contact Carlton Trail Regional College (1-800-667-2623), Great Plains College (1-866-296-2472), Parkland College (1-866-783-6766), or Southeast Regional College (1-866-999-7372).


Length: 36 weeks

Locations

  • Delivery is subject to needs assessment.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

 

Note

  • Chemistry and Physics are not admission requirements; however, they would be extremely helpful to your success in the program and may be required by some employers as a condition of employment.

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Math B30

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 80 Arithmetic
  • 75 Elementary Algebra
  • 75 Reading
  • 75 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$7,200

Courses

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Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ENGP 103
Legislation and Codes
1
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You will review the various provincial, Canadian and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) legislation and codes related to the construction and operation of boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration plants.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
ENGP 179
Applied Mechanics 1
2
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You will receive an introduction to the field of mechanics. You will learn the quantities, units and principles involved in statics and dynamics.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
ENGP 180
Power Lab 1
4
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You will learn the major components of a steam plant and participate in the start-up of the equipment which is similar to that used in industry. You will also perform water testing and chemical treatment.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): PROP 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning
ENGP 181
Plant Maintenance 1
4
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You will learn about and practice the various types of maintenance required to keep plant equipment functioning in a safe workplace.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
MATH 299
Intermediate Algebra and Basic Trigonometry
2
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You will review the fundamentals of algebra and trigonometry. The course content includes algebraic operations on equations, problem solving, quadratic equations, systems of linear equations, areas, volumes and basic trigonometry.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 120, MAT 122, MATH 182, TSYH 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
PROP 141
Process Simulations 1
1
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You will be introduced to the operation of computer controlled systems used to operate plant equipment. You will have the opportunity to run a heat exchanger using simulation.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SFTY 172
Safety
3
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You will receive general safety information related to power engineering. You will study the basic principles dealing with personal safety equipment, fire safety and WHMIS. You will learn about environmental pollutants and their methods of control. An overview of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods legislation will be discussed. Communication as it pertains to health and safety will be studied. A review of some of the occupational health hazards in industry and methods of prevention of incidents will be undertaken.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
STEA 184
Steam Generation 1
4
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You will receive an introduction to boiler terminology, design, operation and government regulations and codes pertaining to boilers.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
TCOM 102
Communication in Technology
3
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Your studies will focus on the basic skills required of the technologist in the workplace. You will examine the communication process and interpersonal and workplace communication techniques. The course content includes technical writing and job search skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 191, JOBS 190, JOBS 288, JOBS 290, TCOM 120, TCOM 140, TMGT 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Learn Linc, Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
THER 182
Thermodynamics 1
2
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You will receive an introduction to the field of thermodynamics. You will learn the quantities, units and principles involved in elementary thermodynamics.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): PHYS 224
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
WTER 182
Water Treatment 1
2
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The course will introduce you to some of the basic methods utilized in power plants to prepare and maintain the water used in steam generation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

Year 1 - Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ELEC 188
Basic Electricity 1
3
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You will be introduced to the basics of DC and AC circuits and machines. You will use electrical metering devices, perform electrical calculations and describe the operation of transformers and electrical distribution systems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): ELEC 288, PHYS 224
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
ENGP 178
Heating Systems
3
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You will be introduced to heating boiler terminology, design, operation and government regulations. You will learn about various heating systems and the importance of building ventilation. You will also study auxiliary building systems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
ENGP 183
Prime Movers
2
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Your studies will focus on the basics of steam and gas turbine construction and operation, internal combustion engines and steam engines used in industry.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
ENGP 186
Pumps, Compressors, and Lubrication
2
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You will receive an introduction to the characteristics and operation of pumps and compressors. Your studies will include a focus on lubrication, its properties, methods of application and importance to efficient equipment operation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
ENGP 187
Power Lab 2
4
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You will practice your knowledge and skills to manipulate steam production for the purpose of operating turbines, heat exchangers, pumps and auxiliary fuel systems in a functioning high pressure steam lab.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGP 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
ENGP 188
Plant Maintenance 2
4
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You will practice your plant maintenance skills by performing tasks such as shaft alignment and boiler cleaning, maintenance and repair as well as studying the construction of piping systems.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGP 181
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
INST 182
Instrumentation
3
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You will be introduced to the operation and application of control loops, control signals, actuators and control valves. You will study programmable logic control and the operation of boiler controls.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Corequisites(s): ELEC 188
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
PROP 198
Plant and Process Operations
2
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You will learn about industrial processes used to manufacture a variety of products. You will study the equipment used in these industrial processes.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
RFRG 183
Air Conditioning
2
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You will receive the information needed to operate and maintain a building's air conditioning system.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): AIR 288
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
RFRG 195
Refrigeration Systems
3
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You will be introduced to the principles of refrigeration used in power plants including operation and maintenance procedures.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): THER 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
WORK 185
Work Experience 1
0
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You will have an opportunity to observe and participate in the operation of a boiler in the workplace. You will study the impact of shift work on personal health and wellness. You will learn how to effectively manage the negative effects commonly associated with rotating shift work. This experience will help you relate theory you learned to an operational plant. It will also help you develop contacts for possible future employment.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): SEM 101, SFTY 172
Potential Learning Method(s): Work Experience - Group

PLAR & Transfer Credit

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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