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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

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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Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

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
Department Head
Tel: 604-431-4929

Frank Cichon, Power Eng 2nd Class
Chief Engineering for Educational Equipment
Tel: 604-431-4931

Leomer Causarin, Power Eng 3rd Class, Marine Eng 2nd Class
Tel: 604-451-6730

Harmesh Chander, BEng (Mech), Power Eng 2nd Class
Tel: 604-432-8558

Alok Dhungana, MASc, MBA Candidate, PEng
Tel: 604-431-4930

Ritchie A. Diopita, BEng, Power Eng 3rd Class
Tel: 604-453-4093

Harb Doad, Power Eng 1st Class
Tel: 604-432-8776

Suzanne Doyon, Power Eng 2nd Class
Tel: 604-456-1146

Wai-Chung Lam, BSc, Power Eng 1st Class
Tel: 604-432-8880

Alex Podut, MASc
Tel: 604-453-4091

Joseph Stadel, Power Eng 2nd Class
Tel: 604-451-7114

Sergiy Yatlo, MSc, Power Eng 1st Class, Marine Eng 2nd Class
Tel: 604-432-8631


Brian Buckley, BSc
Associate Dean
Tel: 604-451-6964

Maryann Newmeyer
Program Assistant
Tel: 604-432-8390

Mary-Anne Pangan
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 604-432-8259

Advisory committee

Chris Coleman
Chief Engineer, Westcoast Reduction Ltd.

Paul MacPhee
Cheif Engineer, Colliers Maintenance Services

Stephen McKinney
Operations Manager/Chief Engineer, Covanta Energy

Clayton Mullen
Operations Manager/Chief Engineer, BC Hydro

Robert Nyden
Steam Chief, Endbridge Inc.

Dave Paulin
Area Director, Institute of Power Engineers

Eric Steinson
President, Institute of Power Engineers

James Torocov
Thermal Energy Manager, Engineering and Utilities, UBC

Andrew Wright
Chief Engineer, Teck Metals Ltd

Nicole Victor
Alternative Fuels Advisor, Fortis BC

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