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.
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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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.
InstructorsMike Safoniuk, PhD
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