Power up an exciting career.
Learn about boilers, steam and gas turbines, generators, pumps, compressors, pressure vessels and more. This is an intense program with exceptional practicums in the oil and gas industry and excellent career opportunities.
4th Class Certification includes 25 weeks of study and 160 hours (1 month) field placement, 3rd Class Certification includes 52 weeks of study and 960 hours (6-8 month) field placement
A student with the appropriate training in the power engineering field and possesses a valid power engineering certificate may find career opportunities in the oil and gas industries, electrical utilities companies, chemical processing plants, pulp and paper industries, and building operations.
4th Class: Grade 12 diploma or GED certificate which includes a minimum of 65% in English 10-1 or 10-2 or English 10 or 13, Math 10 (Applied or Pure), Math 10 or 13, or MathC and Physics 10 or Science 10.
3rd Class: Grade 12 diploma or GED certificate which includes a minimum of 65% in English 20-1 or 20-2 or English 20 or 23, Math 20-1 or 20-2, Math 20 (Applied or Pure), Math 20 or 23 and Physics 20, as well as a valid Interprovincial 4th Class Power Engineering Certificate.
OTHER: Recommended requirements for students who are considering 2nd or 1st Class Power Engineering include English 30-1 or 30-2, or English 30 or 33, Math 30-1 or 30-2, Math 30 (Applied or Pure), Math 30 or 33 and Physics 30. Program acceptance will include a selection process based on high school marks, other related certification, work experience, and a program interview.
Both 4th and 3rd Class programs include field placements--locations vary. They are based on industry availability and may be paid or unpaid, at the sole discretion of industry. A huge benefit to students at Portage College.
4th Class: Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to write Part "A" and "B" of the Interprovincial 4th Class Power Engineering exams. Students obtaining a 4th Class Power Engineering Certificate may progress to 3rd Class Power Engineering training offered at Portage College. Please check the current Alberta Power Engineers Regulation under the Safety Codes Act for further information. Please refer to the Program Policy for information regarding requirements to complete the applicable course.
3rd Class: Students who complete this program will qualify to write the Part 'A' and 'B' 3rd Class Power Engineering Interprovincial Exams. Please check the current Alberta Engineers Regulation under the Safety Codes for further information. Please check Program Policy for information regarding requirements to complete the applicable course.
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