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Note: We are experiencing very high demand for this program. Although you can apply, you will be placed on a waitlist. For other training opportunities in the province please refer to Trades Training BC.

Power engineers operate, maintain and manage industrial power and process plants. These plants are associated with various industries such as pulp and paper, chemical manufacturing, food processing, electrical generation, petroleum refining, institutional mechanical systems and others. Provincial Regulations require that plant personnel be certified prior to assuming positions of responsibility in the operation of fired pressure equipment.

Certificates range from the entry level of Fourth Class to the highest level of First Class. The larger the plant, the higher the level of certificate required to operate and manage the facility.

This program provides sound practical and technical knowledge and skills to persons desiring to enter the power engineering field. After completing this program, graduates are prepared to write the BC Safety Authority examinations for an Interprovincial Fourth Class Power Engineer's Certificate of Competency.

The Program

The program is divided into two levels. Classroom activity consists of lectures, demonstrations, audiovisual presentations and exercises that provide practical working knowledge of plant systems. Power plant tours, extensive workshop and power plant laboratory experience are provided to reinforce theoretical concepts, develop manual skills and familiarity with power engineering techniques.

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Program Entry

Application processing

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year.

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Applicants should have:

    • Good command of oral and written English
    • Sufficient physical strength and stamina to meet the demands of the work, good hearing, good eyesight, normal colour vision, manual dexterity and hand/eye coordination
    • Good theoretical and practical mathematical skills and mechanical aptitude

  • Previous power plant experience and related training are assets

  • Potential students with medical or physical difficulties should contact the Disability Resource Centre to arrange an interview (telephone interview if out of town) with the institute's rehabilitation specialist at 604-451-6963.

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Apply to program

We are experiencing very high demand for this program. Although you can apply, you will be placed on a waitlist. For other training opportunities in the province please refer to Trades Training BC.

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Online

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

August each year

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $940; Level 2: $940

(general estimated cost, and subject to change)

Students are required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

0730–1430, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Level 1: (18 weeks) Credits
  POWR 1100 Power Plant Training 1 4.5
  POWR 1101 Power Plant Oper and Systems 1 5.5
  POWR 1102 Drafting 1.5
  POWR 1103 Power Plant Theory 1 4.5
  POWR 1104 General Electricity 1 3.5
  POWR 1105 Power Plant Maintenance 1 4.5
  POWR 1106 Instrumentation 1 3.5
  POWR 1107 General Mathematics 4.5
 
Level 2: (20 weeks) Credits
  POWR 2200 Power Plant Training 2 6.0
  POWR 2201 Power Plant Oper and Systems 2 3.0
  POWR 2203 Power Plant Theory 2 6.0
  POWR 2204 General Electricity 2 4.5
  POWR 2205 Power Plant Maintenance 2 6.0
  POWR 2206 Instrumentation 2 4.5
  POWR 2208 Heating/Ventilation/Air Cond 6.0
  POWR 2209 Applied Science 7.0
  POWR 2210 Business Writing 2.5
 
Total Credits: 77.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

38 weeks, full-time

Grading

A minimum course passing grade is 60%.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Former graduates have secured employment in hospitals, chemical plants, oil refineries, breweries, pulp and paper plants, sawmills, schools and institutions. Average salaries reported by students were among the highest when compared to other occupational programs.

Graduates of this program may be able to obtain employment as Fourth Class Power Engineers in industry, and qualify for positions as plant operators and maintenance technicians.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty and Staff

  • Sanja Boskovic, BSc, MSc, PhD, Chief Instructor
  • Teana Wong, Acting Program Assistant
  • Liana Bencze, Technician
  • Serhat Beyenir, BSc, MEd, Marine Eng 1st Class
  • Harmesh Chander, BEng (Mech), Power Eng 2nd Class
  • Frank Cichon, Power Eng 2nd Class, Chief Engineering for Educational Equipment
  • Alok Dhungana, BEng (Mech), MASc, MBA Candidate, PEng
  • Ritchie A. Diopita, BEng, DiplT, Power Eng 3rd Class
  • Harb Doad, Power Eng 1st Class
  • Norm Hume, DiplT, Power Eng 1st Class
  • Wai-Chung Lam, Power Eng 1st Class, BSc
  • Bob Norton, Power Eng 1st Class
  • Alex Podut, MASc
  • Mike Safoniuk, PhD
  • Joseph Stadel, Power Eng 2nd Class
  • Brian Vizjak, Power Eng 2nd Class
  • Sergiy Yatlo, MSc, Power Eng 1st Class, Marine Eng 2nd Class
  • Kelsey Wells, Administrative Assistant
  • Brian Buckley, BSc, Associate Dean

Advisory committee

  • Stephen McKinney, Covanta Energy
  • Clayton Mullen, BC Hydro
  • Brian Reiter, Teck Cominco Metals Ltd., Trail Operations
  • Eric Steinson, Institute of Power Engineers
  • Chuck Vaugeois, Cadillac Fairview Maintenance Services
  • Paul MacPhee, Colliers Maintenance Services
  • Dave Paulin, International Union of Operating Engineers

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