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POWR 1213 - Fourth Class Part A Paper 1

Power Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

This course supplements a person's practical qualifying experience (as described in the BC Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Regulation) by providing the theortical training required to enable graduates to challenge the Interprovincial Standardized Power Engineer's examinations for Part A - Paper 1 of a Fourth Class Power Engineer's Certificate. Upon successful completion of this course, as well as course POWR 1214, plus the requisite qualifying experience, participants will have sufficient skills and knowledge to fulfil the requirements of the Fourth Class Power Engineer's Certificate examinations administered under the BC 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 plant equipment within the scope of a Fourth Class Power Engineer's Certificate. Topics include applied mathematics, elementary mechanics, elementary thermodynamics, Codes and Standards, Workplace Hazardous Materials (WHMIS), safety, plant fire protection, environment, engineering materials, welding and piping.





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 44721

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



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. This course must be registered with POWR 1214. No online or phone registration allowed on this section. Registration is authorized by the Program Assistant via email only: Please send an email to to receive more detailed information and approval prior to registering for this course. Contact the bookstore regarding materials online:

Online registration for this course offering is not available. However, you can still register via phone, mail or in person.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, course participants will be able to:

  • Fulfill the Interprovincial examination requirements in the subjects of applied mathematics, elementary mechanics and dynamics, elementary thermodynamics, mechanical drawing, administration, the Act and Regulations, WHMIS, plant safety, plant fire protection, environment, material and welding, piping, high pressure boiler design, high pressure boiler parts and fittings, high pressure boiler operation and feedwater treatment.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the British Columbia Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Act and applicable regulations, codes and standards.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the Workplace Hazardous Materials System (WHMIS).
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the impact of power plant operations on the environment.
  • Describe the construction, safe and efficient operation and minor repairs of plant equipment, including:
    • High pressure steam boilers and related fittings, auxiliaries and controls.
    • Feedwater treatment equipment.
    • Environmental protection equipment.
    • Piping and piping fittings.
  • Apply mathematics and physics concepts to solve problems in ratio and proportion, mensuration, elementary mechanics and elementary thermodynamics.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of plant safety systems and procedures and fire protection equipment.
  • Describe typical materials used in the construction of power plant equipment and related welding methods.

Effective as of Fall 2003


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