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Power Engineering Technology

Diploma
Power Engineering Technology

Program Overview

The world runs on power. Power engineering technologists are in charge of operating and maintaining the complex systems used to operate industrial boilers, pumps, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Demand for skilled power engineers is growing, opening the door to good jobs in the oil patch, mining, manufacturing, power generation utilities and more.

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

Power Engineering Technology is a diploma program. It is currently subject to the high-demand admission process.

Note

This program is open for application from 8:00 a.m., October 1 to 4:30 p.m., February 15 (Saskatchewan times) each academic year. All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), February 28(29).

A limited number of international applicants are considered for admission to this high-demand program.

Power Engineering Technology is a two-year diploma program offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus. You’ll gain knowledge and skills in the operation of power (steam) plants and industrial processes, including:

  • air conditioning and refrigeration
  • boiler operations (high and low pressure)
  • communications
  • computer monitoring of plant operations
  • controls and instrumentation
  • environmental (pollution) management
  • equipment checks and maintenance
  • plant safety
  • pump operations
  • water treatment systems

The program combines classroom learning with hands-on labs, power labs, computer simulations and industry work experiences. Graduates are 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.

After completing Year 1, you will earn one year of Fourth Class qualifying time credit from the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan (TSASK), and be prepared to challenge:

  • TSASK interprovincial (standardized) Fourth Class exams, and
  • TSASK provincial Refrigeration Engineers Certificate exam

After completing Semester 3, you are prepared to challenge standardized Third Class exams.

After completing semester 4 (Second Class Part A topics) and passing all four TSASK Third Class exams, you will earn a provincial Third Class certificate. You will be eligible to challenge the TSASK standardized Second Class exams.

TSASK interprovincial certificates are recognized across the country.

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

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) website includes a video that provides information about the power engineering industry and training that may be helpful in determining whether this career is right for you. (The program and students shown are not from Saskatchewan Polytechnic).

The standardized interprovincial examination fees are:
Fourth Class - (Year 1) - Two exams at $108 per exam
Third Class - (Year 2) - Four exams at $108 per exam
Second Class - (Year 2) - Three exams at $216 per exam
(3 additional second class exams [Part B] are required after course completion)
Refrigeration Engineers (Year 1) - One exam at $108

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Power engineering technologists work with large, complex power systems. You could work as a power engineer or process operator in utility (power) plants, refineries, pulp and paper mills, breweries, mines, gas processing plants, heavy oil upgraders, fertilizer plants or chemical plants. You could be responsible for heating, air-conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration systems in commercial, institutional or residential complexes. You can also put your knowledge to work in industrial and mechanical design and sales.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Steam EngineerStationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators (7351)$37,900 - $92,000
Steam Plant OperatorStationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators (7351)$37,900 - $92,000
Panel OperatorPower Systems and Power Stations Operators (7352)$59,600 - $94,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

September



Length: 74 weeks

(includes three two-week work placements)

Locations

  • Saskatoon

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 

Admission Method

High Demand

High-demand programs consistently have more applicants than spaces available at each Saskatchewan Polytechnic location at which they are offered. High-demand programs have admission requirements plus additional selection criteria. The application period for high-demand programs is 8:00 a.m., October 1, to 4:30 p.m., February 15 (Saskatchewan times), each academic year. All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), February 28(29).

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

Selection Criteria

  • High School Graduates: The admission average is calculated from the final marks in high school courses required for admission to the program. (See Admission Requirements for courses used in an overall average calculation). The high school average will be compared to any grade point average(s) (UGPA) presented for a minimum of 30 passed post-secondary credits from a recognized post-secondary institution - and the highest average considered for admission. Such applicants must be in good academic standing with the institution. If transcripts from more than one post-secondary institution are submitted, the highest UGPA will be considered against the high school average. Applicants are then ranked in the order of the highest averages.
  • High School Students: The admission average is calculated from final marks provided by February 28(29). Conditional admission may be granted on this basis. Current high school students must order transcripts to be sent directly to Saskatchewan Polytechnic at the end of Semester 1 and the end of Semester 2 of the grade 12 year. The final grade 12 mark will be used where the course is completed. The final grade 11 mark will be used only in the absence of the grade 12 mark in the same subject.
  • Complete your Employment History
  • Extra points can be earned in several categories, see Selection Process Guide for Applicants 

For required information on preparing your application, refer to the
Selection Process Guide for Applicants and Frequently Asked Questions.

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.

 

$7,900

International Students

Saskatoon

Year 1 (36 weeks) - $14,700 tuition only (estimated)

Year 2 (36 weeks) - $15,000 tuition only (estimated)

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): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
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): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
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): Prior Learning, Online, Lab/Practical
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): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
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): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
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): Online, 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): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
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): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
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, TMGT 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Learn Linc, Lecture/Theory
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): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
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): Online, 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): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
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): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
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): Online, 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): Online, 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): Online, 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): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
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): Online, 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): Online, 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): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
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): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
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): Online, Work Experience - Group

Year 1 - Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ENGP 284
Applied Mechanics 2
3
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Your studies will focus on theory and calculations applied to the power engineering field. The course content includes mass, force, motion, energy, power, vectors and stress calculations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): THER 183
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
ENGP 296
Industrial Chemistry, Metallurgy and Drawings
2
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You will study the principles of chemistry, corrosion and combustion in industrial operations and how some of these processes will effect metallurgy and materials. You will also learn how to read industrial drawings.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): INST 182, STEA 184, WTER 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
MATH 390
Technical Mathematics for Engineering Calculations
1
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Building on MATH 299, you will receive advanced instruction and practice using algebra and geometry-trigonometry with emphasis on calculations used in THER 281 (Thermodynamics 2) and ENGP 284 (Applied Mechanics 2).
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 299
Equivalent Course(s): CALC 181, MAT 246, MATH 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
THER 281
Thermodynamics 2
3
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Your studies will focus on the theory and calculations related to boiler operation and efficiency. The course content includes calculations using steam tables, gas laws, equivalent evaporation, factor of evaporation, mixtures and thermal expansion.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): THER 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory

Year 2 - Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ELEC 291
Basic Electricity 2
3
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Building on the knowledge gained in ELEC 188 (Basic Electricity 1) your studies will cover topics including electrical: theory, circuits, machines and calculations. These topics are required for 3rd Class Power Engineering certification.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ELEC 188
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
ENGP 280
Refrigeration
1
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You will build on the introductory concepts and knowledge that you developed in the 4th Class Refrigeration course. You will focus on industrial applications dealing specifically with compressors, auxiliaries and controls.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): RFRG 195
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ENGP 285
Power Lab 3
3
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You will continue to build your skills by operating plant equipment with an emphasis on computerized control systems. You will have the opportunity to develop your supervisory skills by assuming the role of Chief Engineer in the power lab. The course augments the Boiler Branch requirements for plant experience as qualifying time to challenge the inter-provincial examinations for 3rd Class certification.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGP 187
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lab/Practical
ENGP 286
Codes and Calculations 1
1
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You will investigate the various areas covered by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) codes, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) codes and the Provincial Boiler Act and Regulations. You will study and practice ASME code calculations.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGP 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
ENGP 290
Pumps and Compressors
2
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You will study the design and operation of various pumps. You will expand your knowledge of pumping terminology and calculations, air compression and system components.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGP 186
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
ENGP 292
Prime Movers and Plant Auxiliaries
3
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You will enhance your skills and knowledge about prime movers used in industry. You will study the internal combustion engines, gas turbines, and steam turbines used in large heating and industrial plants. Cogeneration systems, heat exchangers and fired heaters are also described in this course.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGP 183
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
ENGP 297
Combustion, Piping and Plant Management
2
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Your studies will focus on fuels, combustion, piping and plant management. You will learn how to perform calculations and do flue gas analysis required for optimum efficiency in plant operation. You will learn maintenance strategies and review safety management programs.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): STEA 184
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
INST 280
Controls and Instrumentation
2
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You will study boiler controls and plant instrumentation in depth. You will also study the computer operating systems used in industry to monitor and control boiler firing systems and tour some of these plants.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): INST 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
PROP 280
Process Simulations 2
2
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Using foundational knowledge learned in PROP 141, you will build on your ability to operate computer controlled systems used to operate plant equipment. You will be introduced to a new boiler simulation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): PROP 141
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
STEA 286
Steam Generation 2
3
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Your studies will focus on larger steam generators found in industrial plants. You will examine specialized boiler types, construction, auxiliaries, operating procedures, firing equipment, and control systems used for steam generation. You will also examine various welding procedures, inspection methods and pressure vessel information.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): STEA 184, INST 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
WORK 186
Work Experience 2
0
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You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in the operation of a 4th Class or higher steam plant with a different function than your first work experience. With this additional experience you will gain more insight into the different boilers and equipment which you will be qualified to operate. It will also help you make a more informed choice and to develop contacts for future employment.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): WORK 185
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Work Experience - Group
WTER 280
Water Treatment 2
2
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You will study internal and external water treatment processes in depth. You will examine external treating process to gain an understanding of wastewater treatment.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): WTER 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory

Year 2 - Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ADMN 288
Industrial Administration and Plant Management
2
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You will study the factors and codes governing plant designs and legislation as well as the engineering and administration involved in plant erection or modifications. You will learn management techniques related to personnel, planning, plant maintenance and safety programs.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGP 103, ENGP 297
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
ENGP 189
Code Calculations 2
3
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You will learn to use the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Section 1 and VIII codes. You will learn to perform calculations needed for repairs and construction of boilers and pressure vessels.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGP 286
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
ENGP 288
Applied Mechanics 3
4
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You will apply your knowledge and skills by solving centrifugal force, moments, couples and centroids, torsion, fluid mechanics, flow and orifices as well as weirs problems.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGP 284
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
ENGP 289
Power Lab 4
3
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You will study second class power engineer responsibilities in the control and management of a power plant. You will learn to conduct various efficiency tests and will have the opportunity to apply your supervisory skills in the power lab. You will produce power using a steam turbine driven generator.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGP 285
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lab/Practical
ENGP 295
Metallurgy and Testing of Materials
2
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You will study the structure of various metals and their alloys, heat treatments and the application of these metals in power plants. You will identify the various material defects and the destructive and non-destructive tests used to detect them.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
PROP 290
Process Simulations 3
2
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You will build on abilities developed in PROP 280 by programming computer controlled systems used to operate plant equipment. You will operate boiler simulations with multiple I/O devices.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): PROP 280
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
STEA 287
Steam Generation 3
2
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You will learn the design factors of various steam generators and their components. You will study the specialized designs of boilers and their operations and the maintenance and inspection techniques required to operate them safely. You will learn to install and operate large centrifugal pumps in large power plants.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): STEA 286
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
THER 282
Thermodynamics 3
4
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You will study advanced calculations that deal with gas laws, specific heats, gas expansion and compression, properties of steam, dryness fraction, calorimeters, internal energy, entropy, thermal efficiency, heat engines, temperature-entropy diagrams as well as thermodynamic cycles.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): THER 281
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
WORK 280
Work Experience 3
0
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You will have an opportunity to observe and/or participate in the operation of a minimum 2nd Class high pressure power plant. This experience will help you to relate the theory and apply the operating skills you learned in the Power Lab to a functioning plant. This course will also develop contacts for possible future employment while providing you with the opportunity to experience the day to day operations which occur in various power plants.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): WORK 186
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Work Experience - Group
WTER 181
Water Treatment 3
2
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You will learn about the need for and the methods used to treat water in large power plants. You will learn to use instruments in order to detect problems, take samples and measure chemical levels. You will study treatment and testing methods for cooling water, industrial waste treatment and potable water.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): WTER 280
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory

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