Power Engineering Technician (Fourth Class)


Posted June 1, 2017: Applications for this program are currently closed. Parkland College will accept applications for the 2018-19 academic year beginning October 1, 2017.

Gain Industry Experience

Power Engineering Technology provides knowledge and skill development in the operation of a power (steam) plant or industrial processes. During the course of this SaskPolytech certificate program you will study Fourth Class interprovincial standardized material as preparation to challenge the interprovincial Fourth Class examinations.

Students will also acquire boiler firing time in a power lab and by participating in industry work experiences. First Aid/CPR, WHMIS, TDG & Confined Space will be included in this program.

Graduates are eligible to challenge the provincial exam to obtain the Refrigeration Engineers Certificate required to operate larger refrigeration plants in Saskatchewan.

Graduates may also be eligible to enrol in Third Class Power Engineering at Parkland College based on seat availability.

Why Parkland College?

“The benefits of having a power engineering program run locally through Parkland College can be measured in money and time but what cannot be quantified is the opportunity to go home after class.

The advantage for a company like Louis Dreyfus Commodities, who participates in the work placement program, is to have first look at the students as potential employees. The last power engineer we hired learned his trade at Parkland College, and he is now training to obtain his Second Class license.”

-Henry Bouchard
Former Chief Engineer, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Yorkton


Tuition & Location

If you are interested in starting a career in Power Engineering, then the Technician program is your answer.

Tuition: Approx. $4,950
Materials: Approx. $1,500
Exam Fee: Approx. $1,300
Length: 32 weeks
Dates: September 5, 2017 – May 4, 2018
Location: Trades and Technology Centre, Yorkton, SK

“Tuition costs and dates are subject to change up to 3 months prior to delivery.”



ENGP 103 – Legislation and Codes

You will review the various provincial, Canadian and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) legislation and codes related to the construction and operation of boilers, pressure vessels and refrigeration plants.

ENGP 179 – Applied Mechanics 1

You will receive an introduction to the field of mechanics. You will learn the quantities, units and principles involved in statics and dynamics.

ENGP 180 – Power Lab 1

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.
Equivalent Course(s): PROP 182

ENGP 181 – Plant Maintenance 1

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.
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 120, MAT 122, MATH 182, TSYH 120

PROP 141 – Process Simulations 1

You will be introduced to the operation of computer controlled systems used to operate plant equipment. You will have the opportunity to run a heat exchanger using simulation.

SFTY 172 – 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. An overview of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods legislation will be discussed. Communication as it pertains to health and safety will be studied. A review of some of the occupational health hazards in industry and methods of prevention of incidents will be undertaken.

STEA 184 – Steam Generation 1

You will receive an introduction to boiler terminology, design, operation and government regulations and codes pertaining to boilers.

TCOM 102 – Communication in Technology

Your studies will focus on the basic skills required of the technologist in the workplace. You will examine the communication process and interpersonal and workplace communication techniques. The course content includes technical writing and job search skills.
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 191, JOBS 190, JOBS 288, JOBS 290, TCOM 120, TMGT 180

THER 182 – Thermodynamics 1

You will receive an introduction to the field of thermodynamics. You will learn the quantities, units and principles involved in elementary thermodynamics.
Equivalent Course(s): PHYS 224

WTER 182 – Water Treatment 1

The 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 1

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 distribution systems.
Equivalent Course(s): ELEC 288, PHYS 224

ENGP 178 – Heating Systems 1

You will be introduced to heating boiler terminology, design, operation and government regulations. You will learn about various heating systems and 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. Your studies will include a focus on lubrication, its properties, methods of application and importance to efficient equipment operation.

ENGP 187 – Power Lab 2

You will practice your knowledge and skills to manipulate steam production for the purpose of operating turbines, heat exchangers, pumps and auxiliary fuel systems in a functioning high pressure steam lab.
Prerequisites: ENGP 180 Minimum Grade of 60

ENGP 188 – Plant Maintenance 2

You will practice your plant maintenance skills by performing tasks such as shaft alignment and boiler cleaning, maintenance and repair as well as studying the construction of piping systems.
Prerequisites: ENGP 181 Minimum Grade of 60

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.
Corequisites: ELEC 188

PROP 198 – Plant and Process Operations

You will learn about industrial processes used to manufacture a variety of 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.
Equivalent Course(s): AIR 288

RFRG 195 – Refrigeration Systems

The course provides an introduction to the principles of refrigeration used in power plants, including operation and maintenance procedures.
Prerequisites: THER 182 Minimum Grade of 60

WORK 185 – Work Experience 1

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.
Prerequisites: SEM 101 Minimum Grade of 60 and SFTY 172 Minimum Grade of 60

Important Notes

Important Notes

  • Students are responsible for transportation and accommodation.
  • Power engineering lab time will be completed in Yorkton, SK at the Trades & Technology Centre.

Future Study Options

Future Study Options

Parkland College offers more options in this field that may enhance your employability. These certificates and/or diplomas can add to your existing credentials and prepare you for the world of work. Qualified graduates may be able to apply some academic credits towards further study. For more information please use the links below:

Career Opportunities

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.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with either Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30 or Math B30 prior to 2012 – Minimum average of 65%
  • English Language requirement

Program Information:

Wendy Wilson
Coordinator, Trades Programs and Trades & Technology Centre Campus
Direct: 1.306.786.2590
Toll Free: 1.866.783.6766
E-Mail: w.wilson@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Admissions Information:

Christopher Kosteroski
Senior Admissions Officer/International Coordinator
Direct: 1.306.786.2588
Toll Free: 1.866.783.6766
E-mail: c.kosteroski@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Last Updated: June 27, 2017