The Power and Process Engineering program provides you with strong practical skills and technical knowledge to challenge the government examinations for an interprovincial certification. After successful completion of first year, students qualify to challenge the government exams for the 4th Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency.
About the program
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. Because of the potential danger of explosions, power engineers must be highly trained and certified. Provincial regulations require plant personnel be certified prior to assuming positions of responsibility in the operation of fired pressure equipment.
Who it’s for
Certification is based on plant experience and supervised exams administered by the provincial safety authority such as Technical Safety BC.
What grads can do
You will gain solid practical, theoretical, and technical knowledge in:
- maintenance of pressurized systems and boilers
- power plant operations and management
- instrumentation and control systems
- thermal engineering
- fluid mechanics
- industrial electronics
- technical communications
Upon graduation of this two-year program, students also receive a reduction of qualifying time (to 3 months) for the required period of employment. Once completed their additional qualifying time, graduates are ready to challenge the government examinations for an interprovincial 3rd Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency.
Watch as Jason give us a closer look at the Power and Process Engineering program at 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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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 Department Head, Mike_Safoniuk@bcit.ca.
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.
The Power and Process Engineering program contains a blend of online lectures, 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.
This program is a two-year full-time program, divided into four terms.
Classroom activity consists of lectures, demonstrations, audiovisual presentations and exercises that provide practical working knowledge of plant systems. The second year of the program continues with more math intensive studies and in more depth training of plant theory.
A great future awaits you when you complete your education and training in the Power and Process Engineering program. The full-time diploma provides the background to take the exams for interprovincial certification as a 3rd Class Engineer. 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:
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 Chemical Engineering
- Professional Engineer designation
Dr. Mike Safoniuk, PhD
Frank Cichon, Power Eng 2nd Class
Chief Engineering for Educational Equipment
Noel Bates, MSc, Power Eng 2nd Class
Craig Carlyle, Power Eng 1st Class
Harmesh Chander, BEng (Mech), Power Eng 2nd Class
Alok Dhungana, MASc
Ritchie A. Diopita, BEng, Power Eng 3rd Class
Dylan Dishman, Power Eng 1st Class
Harb Doad, Power Eng 1st Class
Suzanne Doyon, Power Eng 2nd Class
Sunny Kim, BEng, Power Eng 1st Class
Alex Podut, MASc
Sergiy Yatlo, MSc, Power Eng 1st Class, Marine Eng 2nd Class
Sanja Boskovic, PhD Mechanical Engineering, PhD Educational Technology
Program Assistant – Distance Education
Refrigeration Operator, Howe Sound Pulp & Paper
Operations Manager, West Coast Reduction Ltd.
Chief Power Engineer, Teck Metals Ltd.
Senior Safety Officer, Boilers & Pressure Vessels, Technical Safety BC
Director of Operations, Golden Properties Ltd.
Operations Manager/Chief Engineer, Covanta Energy
Senior Manager, Thermal Utilities, UBC
Area Director, Institute of Power Engineers
Senior Manager, Plant Operations & Regulatory Compliance, Thermal Energy, Corix
Operations Supervisor, Parkland Refinery
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