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Curriculum is subject to changes in accordance with ABSA regulations and changes to the National SOPEEC syllabus.
Industrial development continues to result in the expansion of the Power Engineer’s responsibilities. Provincial legislation requires the certification of employees before they assume responsibilities in heating and power plants. There are five certificate levels: Fifth, Fourth, Third, Second and First. Each involves qualifying time requirements and Standardization of Power Engineering Exams Committee (SOPEEC) examinations (for inter-provincial certificates), administered by the Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA).
GPRC’s Power Engineering program has entry and exit points throughout the program. Students can enter at the beginning of the program and continue for two years and finish with a full Interprovincial Third Class Power Engineering Certificate of Competency issued by ABSA. Students may also leave after the Fourth Class portion with a full Fourth Class Interprovincial Power Engineers Certificate of Competency (issued by ABSA). Students who need to complete either portion of the Third Class Power Engineering Certificate of Competency may enter the program at that time and complete either Part A or Part B of the Third Class Interprovincial Power Engineering Certificate of Competency.
Students new to the Power Engineering field will begin with the fourth class program which includes a 12-week work experience to satisfy ABSA requirements for the Fourth Class certification under SOPEEC.
Applicants should have good manual dexterity and good hand-eye coordination since they will be required to operate switches and controls while monitoring instruments. Students should be aware that colour blind testing, physical abilities, and communication skills may be required or tested for by some employers.
For additional information on this Program, please see Important Documents under Admissions on our website.
Fourth Class Power Engineer Admission Requirements:
- English 30-1 or English 30-2
- Mathematics 30-1 or 65% in Mathematics 30-2
- Any 30-level Science with 65% minimum
- Career Investigation Report as per specified format
Applicants not meeting the above requirements may request a review of their education and prior work skills by contacting the Student Services office. Although a high school diploma is not required for entrance to this program, students should be aware that some employers may require a high school diploma as a prerequisite for employment.
There is a quota on the number of students that can be admitted to the Power Engineering program. The very high demand for the program makes it impossible to accept all qualified applicants.
Student selection will include academic achievement beyond the minimum prerequisites.
Third Class Power Engineering Admission Requirements:
Students must be certified as a Fourth Class Power Engineer.
After successfully completing the Fourth Class Certificate of Competency, students have two options:
- Leave the program with their Fourth Class certification
- Continue on to the Third Class program
Students completing all of the prescribed requirements with no failing grades, and a minimum of 65% in all courses and labs, and attending a minimum of 80% of all classes, will be eligible for a certificate in Power Engineering. Once you have completed all program requirements, please apply to graduate.
This program is approved by Alberta Boiler Safety Association (ABSA), therefore advanced credit will not be allowed for core courses.
Classroom and Study Hours
Students will spend a total of 32 hours per week in class, including 4-6 hours in labs. Students can expect to study outside of class approximately 2-3 hours each evening and 6-8 hours each weekend.
Pre/Post Graduation Affiliation
Students may apply for student membership and graduates may apply for full membership in the Institute of Power Engineers (IPE). Students and graduates must maintain their ABSA membership status to keep their Certificates in good standing.