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A Career in Power Engineering Awaits!

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


BCIT offers a great range of credentials and career paths in this exciting field of employment. The BCIT Power Engineering programs provide you with the theory and skills that allow you to take the interprovincial exams to become a certified power engineer.

No matter which career path you choose, your education and training at BCIT will open the door to exciting jobs solving a wide range of technical problems in diverse industry settings.

Summary of programs

The BCIT Power Engineering certificate and diploma programs offer the theoretical and practical training that you need to pass the exams for all five levels of power engineer certification, from Fifth Class to First Class (the highest). You can study full-time or part-time, depending on the program you select.

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
Power Engineering General program

This full-time Certificate program gives you the background that allows you to take the exams for interprovincial certification as a Fourth Class Engineer.

Power and Process Engineering Diploma program

The two year full-time Diploma program provides the background to take the exams for inter-provincial certification as a Third Class Power Engineer and Part A of Second Class.

Online Part-time Studies courses

Do you require certification in Boiler or Refrigeration safety awareness? Are you:
  • too busy working
  • living in a remote part of BC
  • wanting flexible access to BCIT 
We have a solution!

BCIT has developed two online courses required to qualify students to write the Boiler or Refrigeration Safety Awareness challenge exams through the BC Safety Authority. Get the theoretical background you require to assist you in achieving your certification in:

Power Engineering Boiler Safety Awareness


Power Engineering Refrigeration Safety

Distance Education programs

For students who are currently employed in industrial power plants and who are interested in obtaining higher levels of certification, BCIT offers home study (correspondence) and flexible on-campus (tutorial) methods with on-line capabilities, or a combination of both to suit your needs. These programs lead to Fifth, Fourth, Third, Second, and First Class certification exams. For more information, see our Power Engineering Distance Education brochure [PDF].

Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Sanja Boskovic, Chief Instructor, Power Engineering was the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. Thank you Sanja for your inspiring dedication and enthusiasm!