Trades and Industrial
Process Operation Technician
Power Engineers are in charge of operating and maintaining the complex systems used to operate industrial boilers, pumps, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Demand for skilled power engineers is growing, opening the door to good jobs in the oil patch, mining, manufacturing, power generation utilities and more.
People in this trade learn a little bit of most other trades including electrical, mechanical, welding, and instrumentation. If you like to learn or, if you want to understand how things work this may be the trade for you. People in this trade often will work shift work and have time off.
Ability to lift 50 lbs. and work in higher than normal heat conditions (up to 40°C), dexterous, mechanical aptitude, good eyesight, hearing physical mobility and, strong communications skill are needed to work in this field.
SIIT Process Operator Technicians will develop the knowledge and skills to operate and maintain, in a safe and efficient manner, equipment found in industrial setting and steam generating facilities. You progress from one class to another (starting at the 4th class) through a combination of work experience, course completions and rigorous inter-provincial exams.
How this program differs from the Power Engineering 4th Class Program is that it is moves at a pace that helps ease people who have been out of school for a number of years, this also helps student advance at a comfortable pace while learning more. If you feel that you wish to move at a faster pace, try the Power Engineering 4th Class Program. In the first year of this program you will write your “A” exam, while in the second year, you will write your “B” exam.
SIIT Program # of credit hours Apprenticeship Level Safety Tickets Work Placement Course Length
Process Operation Technician 650 4th Class Power Engineering Yes 1 Week 64 Weeks
Power Engineering 4th Class 1200 4th Class Power Engineering Yes 2 Weeks 32 Weeks
Power Engineering 3rd Class See Below 3rd Class Power Engineering 32 Weeks
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Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Minimum Grade 11, Adult Basic Education 12, or GED
Any Math 20 level.
Note: Some employers may require a grade 12 or equivalent to advance in management roles.
Age 21-years or older
Any applicant under special admission is subject to a CAAT Assessment
Strong Communications Skills
A Mechanical Aptitude
Interest in applied technologies
Good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity and physical mobility
Able to work at heights and in confined spaces
Class 5 driver’s license (preferred)
3rd Class Pre-requisites
Completion of 4th Class Certificate.
or Completion of the Process Operator Technician
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Power Engineering 3rd Class
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2 hours per day of additional at home independent learning is recommended.
Upcoming Start Dates, Locations and Schedules
Year 2 – Sept. 4, 2018 – Saskatoon
Process Operator Technician – Year 1
POAM 100 – Applied Math Contact
POCB 102 – Computer Basics
POPH 103 – Applied Mechanics
POCO 104 – Communications
POTH 106 – Intro. to Thermodynamics
POSA 110 – Safety and the Workplace
POWT 114 – Water Treatment
POSM 116 – Shop Maintenance
POBL 118 – Boilers
PODR 124 – Drafting
POIE 148 – Industrial Experience I
Process Operator Technician – Year 2
POCI 108 – Controls, Instrumentation and Process Flow
POSM 116 – Shop Maintenance
POEB 120 – Electricity Basics
POHB 122 – Heating Boiler Systems
POPL 126 – Plant Operation
PORA 128 – Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
POLA 130 – Power Boiler Lab
PONI 134 – Non-industrial Systems
POPO 138 – Process Industry I
POPO 140 – Process Industry II
POPO 142 – Process Lab I
POPO 146 – Process Lab II
POIE 149 – Industrial Experience II
What to Expect
Students in this program may need to relocate to Meadow Lake to take this course. If you need help, we will try to help you find a place to stay. Students in this program will be at the North West Post-Secondary Centre located at 720 5th St W, Meadow Lake SK.
These programs are math heavy (don’t worry we’ll help you if you need it, just let us know.) Relevant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided to our students to help them succeed with their studies and in their future.
Students must maintain above an 65% average
You must attend class regularly and maintain 90% attendance throughout the program.
Instructors content here.
- Power Engineering 4th Class – Complete all hours (400), Must complete and Pass both “A” and “B” Exams.
- Power Engineering 3rd Class – will have 6 months completed, must attain additional 6 months of Steam time.
- Power Engineering 2nd Class – We can help you prepare and write this exam, however, you must find steam time to complete this level.
- Power Engineering 1st Class – You will need approximately 5-10 years of experience before challenging this level.
After you’ve completed this program, you may find work primarily in industrial facilities using high pressure boilers as plant operators, field operators, power engineers, etc.
You may also find employment in pulp and paper operations, OSB plants, the oil and gas industry, the mining industry, heating and power plants, in food processing plants, and in hospitals and other large facilities. Employment is usually steady and year-round with good pay.
Shift work is common as most industrial plants run full-time.
Saskatchewan Wage/Hour (NOC 9241)
SIIT is currently not legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian resident to apply.
English Language Benchmark
To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).
Strong preference is given to those who are status First Nation but programs are open to anyone.
Did you know?
- You can dip your toes in the following trades: electrical, welding, mechanical.
- SIIT POT students will be prepared to write the exams for the Saskatchewan 4th Class Power Engineering License administered by Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan.
- This program includes a 6-week industry practicum. Companies in the past that have taken our student include Cameco, AREVA, Meadow Lake Pulp, SaskPower, and Husky Lloydminster.