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 SOPEEC, Standardization of Power Engineering Exams Committee examinations (for inter-provincial certificates), administered by the Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA).
GPRC’s Power Engineering is a program with 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 Fourth Class 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 complete the fourth class program which includes a 12-week work experience to satisfy ABSA requirements for the Fourth Class certification under SOPEEC (Standardization of Power Engineering Exams Committee) - the interprovincial exam committee or “Red Seal” authority.
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 by some employers.
For additional information on this Program, please see Important Documents on our website.
Fourth Class Basic Program Admission Requirements:
- English 30-1 or English 30-2 and
- Mathematics 30-1 or 65% in Mathematics 30-2 and
- Any 30-level Science with 65% minimum and
- 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 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 in the past few years has made it impossible to accept all qualified applicants.
Student selection will include academic achievement beyond the minimum prerequisites.
Third Class Basic Program Admission Requirements:
Students must be certified as a Fourth Class Power Engineer.
After successfully completing the Fourth Class Certificate, students have two options:
- Leave the program with Fourth Class certification
- Continue on in 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 attend a minimum of 80% of all classes, will be eligible for a Power Engineering Certificate.
This program is approved by Alberta Boiler Safety Association, 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 in the Institute of Power Engineers (IPE). Students must maintain their ABSA membership status to keep their Certificates in good standing.
Graduates may apply for full membership in the Institute of Power Engineers (IPE). Graduates must maintain their ABSA membership status to keep their Certificates in good standing.