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POWR 1228 - First Class Part a Paper 4

Power Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

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Course Details

This course supplements a person's practical qualifying experience (as described in the British Columbia Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Regulation) by providing the theory training required to enable graduates to challenge the Interprovincial Standardized Power Engineer's Examination for Part A - Paper 4 of a First Class Power Engineer's Certificate. Upon successful completion of this course, as well as courses POWR 1225, POWR 1226, POWR 1227, POWR 1229, POWR 1230, POWR 1231, and POWR 1232, plus the requisite qualifying experience, participants will have sufficient skills and knowledge to fulfil the requirements of the First Class Power Engineer's Certificate examinations administered under the British Columbia Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Program. Graduates will be able to apply the knowledge learned in this study program, and with government certification, improve their abilities to operate plant equipment within the scope of a First Class Power Engineer's Certificate. Topics included are Power Plant Operations.





Spring/Summer 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2020 term.

CRN 25016

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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. Registration must be authorized by the Program Assistant via email: BCIT_Assistant_PowerEngRegistration must be authorized by the Program Assistant via email: Course materials can be purchased from the BCIT Distance and Online Bookstore Tel: (604) 432-8379 Website:

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, course participants will be able to:

  • Fulfill the examination requirements for 'Part A - Paper 4' in the subjects of pumps, fuels and combustion, and water treatment.
  • Describe principles and apply equations to determine unknown variables in calculation problems relating to pump design, including Net Positive Suction Head, specific speed and other performance characteristics.
  • Describe typical power plant pump designs, principles of operation, application, selection, installation procedures, start-up, operation, and maintenance procedures.
  • Describe combustion principles and related chemistry.
  • Apply equations to determine unknown variables in calculation problems relating to combustion chemistry.
  • Describe boiler fuel characteristics and analysis and furnace design considerations.
  • Describe boiler firing methods and equipment for various types of fuels including natural gas, oil and coal.
  • Describe design safety and control theory as applied to power plant combustion and fuel systems.
  • Describe the applications, principles and chemistry of power plant external water treatment systems and equipment, including clarification, filtration, cold and hot lime softening, sodium and hydrogen cation exchange and demineralization, evaporation and deaeration.
  • Describe boiler internal water treatment, testing and analysis, to maximize heat transfer in fired boilers, minimize carryover of impurities in steam and minimize corrosion in boilers and condensate return systems.
  • Describe typical cooling water systems associated with industrial power plants.
  • Describe typical power plant water effluents and related treatment methods.

Effective as of Fall 2003


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