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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 College, (Estevan), Great Plains College (Swift Current), Parkland College (Yorkton), and Carlton Trail 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.

 

$7,700

Courses

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Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ELEC 188
Basic Electricity 1
2
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You will be introduced to the basics of alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC)circuits and machines. You will use electrical metering devices, perform electrical calculations and describe the operation of transformers and electrical distribution systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): ELEC 288, PHYS 224
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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, Online, Prior Learning
ENGP 179
Applied Mechanics (Fourth Class)
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
Equivalent Course(s): PHYS 121
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, 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, Online, Prior Learning
ENGP 181
Piping, Valves, Materials and Welding
3
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You will learn about and perform the various types of maintenance tasks required to keep plant equipment functioning in a safe workplace.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
ENGP 190
Boiler and Boiler Systems
3
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You will receive an introduction to boiler terminology, design, operation and government regulations and codes pertaining to boilers.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
INST 182
Instrumentation
2
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You will study plant instrumentation and control systems. You will be introduced to various measuring devices as well as transmitters, recorders, controllers and actuators. You will describe the operation and maintenance of programmable controls and control systems. Your studies will also include interpreting various industrial drawings.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Corequisites(s): ELEC 188
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
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, Online, Prior Learning
SFTY 172
Safety
2
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You will study general safety information related to power engineering. You will study the basic principles dealing with personal protective equipment (PPE), fire safety and WHMIS. You will learn about environmental pollutants and transport of dangerous goods (TDG) legislation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
TCOM 105
Communications for Technicians
2
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You will learn and practice written, oral and interpersonal communication for the workplace. You will apply these skills as team members and in short presentations. You will also develop effective job search strategies.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127, TCOM 102, TCOM 105CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
THER 185
Thermodynamics (Fourth Class)
2
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You will receive an introduction to the field of thermodynamics and chemistry. You will learn the quantities, units and principles involved in elementary thermodynamics and chemistry.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online

Year 1 - Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ENGP 178
Heating Systems
2
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You will be introduced to heating boiler terminology, design, operation and government regulations. You will learn about various heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and the importance of building ventilation. You will also study lighting, water supply and sanitary drainage systems.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, 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. You will also study internal combustion engines and steam engines used in industry.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
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/Theory, Online
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, Online
ENGP 188
Plant Operation and Maintenance
3
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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, you will study piping systems construction.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGP 181
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
ENGP 191
Boiler Safety Devices
2
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You will study boiler and fittings code requirements as well as the design and operation of combustion, feedwater and safety controls.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
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, Online
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, Online
RFRG 183
Air Conditioning
2
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You will be introduced to theory and equipment used in air conditioning systems. You will study humidification, ventilation, air filters as well as duct design and various types of air conditioning coils.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): AIR 288
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, 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 185
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
WTER 182
Water Treatment 1
2
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You will study 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, Online

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

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 Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.

Additional Information

Related Programs

Apply to a regional college:
Carlton Trail College
Great Plains College
Parkland College
Southeast College

Part-Time Delivery

Some courses in this program might also be offered through part-time programming.

View the program page for a complete list of courses and additional information.

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