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Second Class Part A Paper 3 POWR 1221

Power Engineering Course

Course details

This course supplements a person's practical qualifying experience (as described in the British Columbia Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Regulation) by providing the theoretical training required to enable graduates to challenge the Interprovincial Standardized Power Engineer's Examination for Part A - Paper 3 of a Second Class Power Engineer's Certificate. On successful completion of this course, as well as courses: POWR 1219, POWR 1220, POWR 1222, POWR 1223, and POWR 1224, plus the requisite qualifying experience, participants will have sufficient skills and knowledge to fulfill the requirements of the Second Class Power Engineer's Certificate examinations administered under the British Columbia Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Program. Graduates should be able to apply the knowledge learned in this study program in improving their abilities to operate, maintain and/or manage various industrial facilities, plant processes and associated equipment within the scope of a Second Class Power Engineer's Certificate. Topics include boilers, pumps & piping and water treatment.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2023

Below is one offering of POWR 1221 for the Spring/Summer 2023 term.

CRN 24996


Start any time

  • 52 weeks
  • CRN 24996
  • $271.06
Continuous Entry, Distance or Online

This is an online learning course. Start any time. You have 52 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.



Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. NO ONLINE OR PHONE registration allowed on this section. These are specialized courses which require application approval from the Power Engineering Program Assistant via EMAIL ONLY. To receive more detailed information and application instructions, send an email requesting information for this course to: Course material is purchased separately and can be ordered through the BCIT Bookstore:

Registration Options

Online registration for this course offering is not available. However, you can still register by phone.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, course participants will be able to:

  • Fulfill the examination requirements for 'Part A - Paper 3' in the subjects of: boilers, pumps, and water treatment.
  • Describe thermodynamic principles associated with boiler heat transfer, boiler circulation and boiler design practice.
  • Describe typical constructional arrangements of large steam generators, including Code requirements, foundations and support, internals, fittings, air heaters, economizers and superheaters.
  • Describe typical procedures associated with the: maintenance, inspection, start-up, and on-going operation of fired power boilers.
  • Describe typical power plant pump: designs, principles of operation, application, installation procedures, start-up and operation procedures and normal maintenance.
  • Describe internal and external boiler water: theory, treatment methods and various systems.
  • Describe boiler water analysis: theory, methods and types of analysis systems. Describe cooling and potable water treatment: theory, systems and methods.

Note: A copy of the Revised Reference Syllabus for the New Second Class Power Engineer's Examinations can be sourced from the BC Safety Authority website

Effective as of Fall 2006


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