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Power Engineers Provide Energy!

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.

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Want to take a big step!

The Power and Process program provides you with the theory and skills that when combined with a work related practicum allow you to take the interprovincial exams to become a certified Third Class Power Engineer and challenge the exams for Part A of Second Class Power Engineering certification.

Power engineers operate, maintain, and manage industrial plants that use pressurized equipment such as boilers and refrigeration units. In every Canadian province and territory, only certified power engineers are permitted to operate such equipment.


Why BCIT?

BCIT is the largest provider of Power Engineering education and training in the province of BC. The program uses the latest technologies in education to combine theory and practical lessons in a work like environment. The strengths of the BCIT Power Engineering programs are based on:

Great Faculty - Our faculty are dedicated to teaching. Many have extensive engineering, science, and industrial experience.

Excellent Labs - Hands-on experience with state-of-the-art industrial equipment and systems help you to understand the concepts that you learn in lectures and gives you job-ready, practical skills.

Fantastic Career Choices - We are proud of our graduates and the many interesting jobs that they do. A career in power engineering can bring you well-paid, secure, long-term employment with a wide variety of employers in petroleum refining, electrical generation, breweries, pulp and paper, institutions such as schools, hospitals, hotels and recreational facilities, chemical manufacturing, food processing. Power Engineers have the opportunity to increase their credentials throughout their career, progressing all the way to First Class Power Engineers.

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Program Entry

If you're interested in working with mechanical equipment and have reasonable stamina and strength, power engineering could be an excellent career path for you. Review the program, check the requirements then submit your application.

If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements or the application process, visit Admission & Registration or if you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Chief Instructor, Sanja_Boskovic@bcit.ca or call 604.451.6730.

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.

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Physics 11 (67%)

  • Math: one of the following:
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (50%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 11 (67%) or
    • Foundations of Mathematics 12 (67%) or
    • Principles of Mathematics 12 (50%) or
    • Principles of Mathematics 11 (67%) or
    • Applications of Mathematics 12 (67%)

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Applicants should have a good command of oral and written English, sufficient physical strength and stamina to meet the demands of the work, and good hearing and eyesight, normal colour vision, manual dexterity and hand/eye coordination. In addition, applicants should have excellent 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 Disabilities Resource Centre to arrange an interview (telephone interview if out of town) with the institute's rehabilitation specialist at 604-451-6963.

Apply to program

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.

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

Apply directly to the Power and Process Engineering 2 year Diploma.

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

Find out how much you will need to complete your diploma in Power and Process Engineering!

The information below will help you determine the cost of taking the program and assist you in developing a budget for your two years of study. If you have concerns about being able to afford the program, please visit Financial Aid to learn how you may benefit from financial assistance.

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: $990; Level 2: $150; Level 3: $910; Level 4: $200

(general estimated cost, 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

The Power and Process program contains a blend of classroom lectures and practical laboratory sessions using the latest technology. Troubleshooting exercises guide you through real-world examples and teach you how to solve problems. Guided plant tours show you actual applications of the theoretical knowledge you gain in the classroom. You will work on practicum projects that apply theory in a real power plant setting with real boilers.

In addition to hands-on experience, your studies will include classroom lectures, demonstrations, audiovisual presentations, and individual and group exercises. The Program Matrix will show how courses are structured over terms and you will be able to access course descriptions and course outlines.

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 1105 Power Plant Maintenance 1 4.5
  POWR 1106 Instrumentation 1 3.5
  POWR 1120 Technical Electricity 1 2.0
  POWR 1121 Technical Mathematics 1 3.5
  POWR 1122 Applied Physics 1 3.5
 
Level 2: (20 weeks) Credits
  POWR 2200 Power Plant Training 2 6.0
  POWR 2202 Technical Operations and Systems 4.5
  POWR 2203 Power Plant Theory 2 6.0
  POWR 2205 Power Plant Maintenance 2 6.0
  POWR 2206 Instrumentation 2 4.5
  POWR 2211 Business Communication 2.5
  POWR 2220 Technical Electricity 2 3.0
  POWR 2221 Technical Mathematics 2 4.5
  POWR 2222 Applied Physics 2 4.5
  POWR 2223 Industrial Electronics 1.5
 
Level 3: (16 weeks) Credits
  POWR 3301 Technical Communication 1 2.0
  POWR 3302 Thermal Engineering 1 6.5
  POWR 3303 Power Plant Theory 3 5.5
  POWR 3304 Fluid Mechanics 6.5
  POWR 3305 Power Plant Maintenance 3 2.0
  POWR 3306 Metallurgy 1.0
  POWR 3307 Computer Technology 1 2.0
  POWR 3308 Engineering Mechanics 3.0
  POWR 3309 Engineering Practicum 1 2.5
  POWR 3320 Technical Electricity 3 3.0
 
Level 4: (22 weeks) Credits
  POWR 4401 Technical Communication 2 3.0
  POWR 4402 Thermal Engineering 2 7.0
  POWR 4403 Power Plant Theory 4 4.5
  POWR 4404 Plant Management 2.0
  POWR 4405 Power Plant Maintenance 4 3.0
  POWR 4406 Strength of Materials 4.5
  POWR 4407 Computer Technology 2 3.0
  POWR 4408 Heating/Ventilation Systems 2.0
  POWR 4409 Engineering Laboratory 3.0
  POWR 4410 Engineering Practicum 2 4.5
  POWR 4420 Technical Electricity 4 4.5
 
Total Credits: 151.0

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

Power engineers maintain, operate, and manage pressurized equipment and systems. Because of the potential danger of
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explosions, power engineers must be highly trained and certified. Certification is based on plant experience and supervised exams administered by the BC Safety Authority.

You will gain solid practical, theoretical, and technical knowledge in:
  • power plant operations and management
  • maintenance to pressurized systems and boilers
  • thermal engineering
  • fluid mechanics
  • technical communications
  • basic instrumentation
  • industrial electronics
The Power and Process program combined with workplace practicum will allow you to take the interprovincial exams to become a certified Third Class Power Engineer and challenge the exams for Part A of Second Class Power Engineering certification.

Program length

Two years, full-time

Grading

The minimum course passing grade is 60%.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

A great future awaits you when you complete your education and training in the Power and Process option of Power Engineering. The full-time Diploma program provides the background to take the exams for interprovincial certification as a Third Class Engineer and Part A of Second Class.  Qualified power engineers are well paid and in high demand.

An edge in the job market

You will have a real edge in the job market working for a broad range of excellent employers. A BCIT diploma shows potential employers that you are accomplished, focused, and serious about your chosen career path. BCIT programs and courses provide both fundamental theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical skills to help you "hit the ground running" in a new job. Graduates say that BCIT was extremely helpful in preparing them for employment.

Some of the many employers of BCIT's Power Engineering Graduates include:

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.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

faculty in lab
A team of committed educators, staff and industry advisors work hard to help make students successful in their Power Engineering programs. You will be learning from highly educated power engineers, as well as other scientists and professionals who have industry experience.

Your instructors have distinguished themselves by their achievements and experience, some examples are:
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering
  • Professional Engineer designation
  • Work as a rocket scientist in Yugoslavia

Faculty and staff

  • Sanja Boskovic, BSc, MSc, PhD, Chief Instructor
  • Michele English, 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, Acting Administrative Assistant
  • Brian Buckley, BSc, Associate Dean
  • Trevor Williams, BSc, MSc (Mech Eng), PEng, Dean, School of Energy

Advisory committee

  • Stephen McKinney, Covanta Energy
  • Clayton Mullen, BC Hydro
  • Brian Reiter, Teck Resources 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

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements or the application process, visit Admission & Registration or if you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Chief Instructor, Sanja_Boskovic@bcit.ca or call 604.451.6730.

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