Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Power Engineering Technician program will give you the tools and knowledge you need to start out in this complex and exciting field. Power Engineers keep the heat on in winter and the lights on at night. They operate hospital fridges, industrial coolers, all types of boilers, compressors, generators, motors and more.
At Parkland College’s Trades and Technology Centre you’ll learn the basics of power generation with practical training in boiler operations, electrical controls and instrumentation, maintenance 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.
Although power engineering isn’t classified as a trade, it is government regulated and certified by the province where you live and work. It is divided into four levels of skills and training (First Class is the highest). A combination of work experience and course completions followed by rigorous interprovincial examinations allows an engineer to progress from one class to another.
You will study Fourth Class interprovincial standardized material as preparation to challenge the interprovincial Fourth Class Examinations.
Graduates are eligible to challenge the provincial exam to obtain the Refrigeration Engineering Certificate required to operate large refrigeration plants in Saskatchewan. Graduates may go straight into the workforce or enroll in Third Class Power Engineering.
Why Parkland College?
“The benefits of having a power engineering program run locally through Parkland College can be measured in money and time but what cannot be quantified is the opportunity to go home after class.
The advantage for a company like Louis Dreyfus Commodities, who participates in the work placement program, is to have first look at the students as potential employees. The last power engineer we hired learned his trade at Parkland College, and he is now training to obtain his Second Class license.”
Former Chief Engineer, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Yorkton
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.
- Grade 12 with either Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30 or Math B30 before 2012 – Minimum average of 65%. Chemistry, Physics, and Math C30 are recommended.
- Special admission.
- English Language requirement.
- Non-refundable application fee: $60.00 (online) OR $90.00 (paper).
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Last updated July 25, 2018