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Power Engineering (4th Class)

Location:  Swift Current
Date:  2-Sep-14 to 22-May-15
Apply to:  Swift Current


As per SIAST Admission Requirements.


  • Regular Grade 12 with Math B30 (effective 2013, math requirements will be: Foundations of Math 30 or PreCalculus 30)
  • Minimum overall average of 65% using a specific combination of subjects


Chemistry and Physics are not admission requirements; however, they would be extremely helpful to your success in the program and may be required by some employers as a condition of employment.

Although First Aid and CPR are not admission or graduation requirements, many employers will require you to have them prior to commencing your work experience; therefore, you are encouraged to obtain this certification prior to program commencement or as soon as possible after program commencement.


Power Engineering Technician is a one-year certificate program. It provides practical training in boiler operations, maintenance techniques and tool usage.

Power Engineering is not an apprenticeship trade; however, like apprenticeship trades, it is divided into levels of skill and training. The levels are referred to as classes with First Class being the highest level. A combination of work experience and course completions followed by rigorous interprovincial examinations allows a power engineer to progress from one class to another.

You will study Fourth Class interprovincial standardized material as preparation to challenge the interprovincial Fourth Class examinations. You will also acquire boiler firing time in a power lab and by participating in industry work experiences.

Students will write the provincial exam to obtain the Refrigeration Engineers Certifi cate required to operate larger refrigeration plants in Saskatchewan as part of this program.

Graduates may enroll in 3rd Class Power Engineering once they have passed the interprovincial examinations.

Please be advised that there is one work placement for this program. Students will choose several work placement preferences and one will be assigned. The majority of these locations will require relocation to another city for the two-week period of the placement. Students need to budget for additional expenses to attend this work placement. A work placement is not optional.

There are also two lab requirements in this program. Students will attend two - 3 week lab periods in Saskatoon. This will involve additional costs, such as housing and travel for which students are responsible.

Graduates are prepared to work as power engineers or process operators in a variety of industrial and heating plants. These include utility (power) plants, refineries, hospitals, pulp and paper mills, breweries, mines, gas processing plants, heavy oil upgraders, fertilizer plants or chemical plants.


CHEM 100 - Chemistry
You will receive a general overview of the fundamental principles in the structure, formation and interaction of chemical compounds and the importance of chemistry in industrial operations.

COMP 172 - Introduction to Microsoft Word and Excel
You will be introduced to the purpose and uses of a word processor and electronic spreadsheets. You will develop the basic skills of creating, editing and formatting documents and spreadsheets.

DRFT 103 - Basic Mechanical Drafting
You will learn the basic fundamentals used in the interpreting and sketching of technical drawings.

ENGP 103 - Legislation and Codes
You will review the various provincial, Canadian and ASME legislation and codes related to the construction and operation of boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration plants.

ENGP 180 - Power Lab I
You will learn the major components of a steam plant and participate in the start-up of the equipment which is similar to that used in industry. You will also perform water testing and chemical treatment.

ENGP 181 - Plant Maintenance I
You will learn about and practice the various types of maintenance required to keep plant equipment functioning in a safe workplace.

MATH 299 - Intermediate Algebra and Basic Trigonometry
You will review the fundamentals of algebra and trigonometry. The course content includes algebraic operations on equations, problem solving, quadratic equations, systems of linear equations, areas, volumes and basic trigonometry.

SEM 101 - Technology Seminars
You will receive an orientation to your program and learn where and how the technician/technologist fits into the workplace and society. You will become familiar with the role of technicians/technologists in society, study and time management skills, increasing diversity in the workplace, principles of sustainability, the impact of technology on society and workplace safety requirements.

SFTY 187 - Safety
You will receive general safety information related to power engineering. You will study the basic principles dealing with personal safety equipment, fire safety and WHMIS. You will learn about environmental pollutants and their methods of control.

STEA 184 - Steam Generation
You will receive an introduction to boiler terminology, design, operation, and government regulations and codes pertaining to boilers.

TCOM 100 - Technical Communications I
You will receive instruction and practice in basic job related interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. The course content includes writing for the workplace and the development of teamwork skills.

THER 182 - Thermodynamics
The course will introduce you to the fi eld of thermodynamics. You will learn the quantities, units and principles involved in elementary thermodynamics.

THER 183 - Mechanics
The course will introduce you to the fi eld of mechanics. You will learn the quantities, units and principles involved in statics and dynamics.

WTER 100 - Water Treatment
This course will introduce you to some of the basic methods utilized in power plants to prepare and maintain the water used in steam generation.

ELEC 188 - Basic Electricity I
You will be introduced to the basics of DC and AC circuits and machines. You will use electrical metering devices, perform electrical calculations and describe the operation of transformers and electrical distributions systems.

ENGP 100 - Heating Systems I
You will receive an introduction to heating boiler terminology, design, operation and government regulations. You will also learn about the controls for steam and hot water heating boilers.

ENGP 101 - Heating Systems II
Building on the knowledge gained in ENGP 100, you will study the various types of heating systems. You will learn the importance of building ventilation. You will also study auxiliary building systems.

ENGP 183 - Prime Movers
Your studies will focus on the basics of steam and gas turbine construction and operation, internal combustion engines and steam engines used in industry.

ENGP 186 - Pumps, Compressors and Lubrication
You will receive an introduction to the characteristics and operation of pumps and compressors. You will learn how to calculate pump efficiency. Your studies will include a focus on lubrication, its properties, methods of application and importance to efficient equipment operation.

ENGP 187 - Power Lab II
The course is a continuation of ENGP 180 (Power Lab I). You will manipulate steam production with the purpose of operating turbines, heat exchangers, pumps and auxiliary fuel systems in a functioning high pressure steam lab. The lab will allow you to bring all of your previously learned theory and skills together in order to validate your knowledge and operating skills.

ENGP 188 - Plant Maintenance II
The course is a continuation of ENGP 181 (Plant Maintenance I). You will receive hands-on training on plant maintenance tasks (including the construction of piping systems, shaft alignment and boiler cleaning, maintenance and repair).

INST 182 - Instrumentation
You will be introduced to the operation and application of control loops, control signals, actuators and control valves. You will study programmable logic control and the operation of boiler controls.

PROP 198 - Plant and Process Operations
You will learn about industrial processes used to manufacture a variety of different products. You will study the equipment used in these industrial processes.

RFRG 183 - Air Conditioning
You will receive the information needed to operate and maintain a building’s air conditioning system.

RFRG 195 - Refrigeration Systems
The course provides an introduction to the principles of refrigeration used in power plants.

TCOM 101 - Technical Communications II
You will receive instruction and practice in job search techniques. You will develop a targeted resume and learn the elements of the interview process. You will also study effective meeting management and develop your ability to make oral presentations in the workplace.

WORK 185 - Work Placement I
You will have an opportunity to observe and participate in the operation of a boiler in the workplace. You will study the impact of shift work on personal health and wellness. You will learn how to effectively manage the negative effects commonly associated with rotating shift work. This experience will help you relate theory you learned to an operational plant. It will also help you develop contacts for possible future employment.

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