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.
Certification is based on plant experience and supervised exams administered by the provincial safety authority such as Technical Safety BC.
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
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.
This program provides strong practical skills and technical knowledge to persons desiring to enter the power engineering field. After completing this program, graduates are prepared to challenge the government examinations for an interprovincial 4th Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency.
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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.
This is a one-year full-time program, divided into two terms. (August to May)
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 is provided to reinforce theoretical concepts, develop manual familiarity and skills with power engineering techniques.
Former graduates have secured employment in hospitals, chemical plants, oil refineries, breweries, pulp and paper plants, sawmills, schools, institutions and commercial building. 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 4th Class Power Engineers in industry, and qualify for positions as plant operators and maintenance technicians.
Dr. 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
Sergiy Yatlo, MSc, Power Eng 1st Class, Marine Eng 2nd Class
Brian Buckley, BSc, MEd
Program Assistant – Distance Education
Operations Manager/Chief Engineer, BC Hydro
Area Director, Institute of Power Engineers
President, Institute of Power Engineers
Senior Manager, Plant Operations & Regulatory Compliance, Thermal Energy
Alternative Fuels Advisor, Fortis BC
Chief Power Engineer, Teck Metals Ltd.
Senior Safety Officer, Technical Safety BC
Operations Manager/Chief Engineer, Covanta Energy
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