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.
Program delivery mode: in person
- This program will be delivered in person for the coming semester.
- We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.
Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
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 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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Costs & Supplies
Graduating & Jobs
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.
Faculty, Advisors & Staff
Mike Safoniuk, PhD
Frank Cichon, Power Eng 2nd Class
Chief Engineering for Educational Equipment
Leomer Causarin, Power Eng 3rd Class, Marine Eng 2nd Class
Harmesh Chander, BEng (Mech), Power Eng 2nd Class
Alok Dhungana, MASc, MBA Candidate, PEng
Ritchie A. Diopita, BEng, Power Eng 3rd Class
Harb Doad, Power Eng 1st Class
Suzanne Doyon, Power Eng 2nd Class
Wai-Chung Lam, BSc, Power Eng 1st Class
Alex Podut, MASc
Joseph Stadel, Power Eng 2nd Class
Sergiy Yatlo, MSc, Power Eng 1st Class, Marine Eng 2nd Class
Brian Buckley, BSc
Chief Engineer, Westcoast Reduction Ltd.
Cheif Engineer, Colliers Maintenance Services
Operations Manager/Chief Engineer, Covanta Energy
Operations Manager/Chief Engineer, BC Hydro
Steam Chief, Endbridge Inc.
Area Director, Institute of Power Engineers
President, Institute of Power Engineers
Thermal Energy Manager, Engineering and Utilities, UBC
Chief Engineer, Teck Metals Ltd
Alternative Fuels Advisor, Fortis BC
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