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Curriculum is subject to changes in accordance with ABSA regulations and changes to the National SOPEEC syllabus.
A Power Engineer is a person skilled in the overall operation of a power (steam) plant or process. This includes operation of high and low pressure boilers and related areas such as: water treatment, pump operation, instrumentation, electricity, fuels and combustion, air compressors, maintenance, housekeeping and refrigeration. Provincial legislation requires the certification of employees before they assume responsibilities in heating and power plants.
With the instillation of the Power beginning in the 2019-20 Academic year, the program will be non-transferable. Students must register and take all the necessary components to ensure they will receive their reduced steam time from ABSA.
Students need to have a valid Fourth Class Certificate from ABSA as a prerequisite to the Third Class program. The program will offer 224 hours of labs to satisfy ABSA requirements for the Third 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 color blind testing, physical abilities, and communication skills may be required or tested for by some employers.
*Admissions requirements are under review and subject to change
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
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, as well as a driver's license.
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 theory classes, will be eligible for a certificate in Power Engineering. Once students have completed all program requirements, they may 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 should expect to 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.
The labs in both Third and Fourth Class programs are mandatory, with a 100% attendance that is mandated by ABSA. In the event a student misses a lab, they will be responsible for arranging and paying the associated fees. The Chair of the Automotive, Parts and Power Engineering Department shall determine if an individual is required to pay the fee.
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.