Trades & Industrial

Power Engineering

NOC-9241

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Program Description

Do you enjoy working with control systems? Are you interested in pursuing a career in utilities? If so, SIIT’s Power Engineering Programs may be the first steps in a rewarding career. Power Engineers operate and maintain 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.

Power engineers require a college training program in power engineering and several years of work experience, and a provincial or territorial power engineering certificate according to class. SIIT offers 3rd and 4th Class Power Engineering programs at the Saskatoon Campus. Both levels are full time programs (32 and 40 weeks, respectively). SIIT Power Engineering students develop the knowledge and skills to operate and maintain- in a safe and efficient manner- equipment found in industrial settings and steam generating facilities. Students progress from one class to another (starting at the 4th class) through a combination of work experience, course completions, and rigorous inter-provincial exams. Intensive lab time for this program is provided at SIIT’s Steam Lab- located at the Northwest Regional College Campus in Meadow Lake, SK.

Graduates of this program can expect to find work as power engineers and power systems operators (NOC 9241). They are employed by power generation plants, electrical power utilities, manufacturing plants, hospitals, universities and government and commercial establishments

Admission and Apprenticeship Requirements

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  • Regular Grade 12, Adult 12 or GED
  • 1 of Math 30 Level
    • Workplace and Apprenticeship Mathematics 30
    • Foundations Mathematics 30
    • Pre-Calculus 30
  • Note: Some employers may require a grade 12 or equivalent to advance in management roles.
  • Good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity and physical mobility
  • Able to work at heights and in confined spaces
  • Class 5 driver’s license (preferred)
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Mature Admission

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Any applicant under special admission is subject to a CAAT Assessment
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3rd Class Pre-requisites

  • Completion of the 4th Class Certificate is required from TSASK

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.

English Language Benchmark

SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).

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Technical Training Levels and Courses

4th Class Power Engineering
  • PEA-3003-  Preparatory Math
  • PEA-101-  Elementary Mechanics and Dynamics
  • PEA-102-  Elementary Chemistry and Thermodynamics
  • PEA-103-  Legislation, Codes, and Standards
  • PEA-104-  Power Plant/ Heating Plant Safety
  • PEA-105-  Environmental Awareness
  • PEA-106-  Material and Welding
  • PEA-107-  Piping and Valves
  • PEA-108-  Electro Technology
  • PEA- 109-  Energy Plant Instrumentation and Controls
  • PEA-110-  Plant Communication
  • PEA-111-  Boilers
  • PEA-112-  Boiler Systems
  • PEB-201-  Lubrication & Bearings
  • PEB-202-  Pumps and Compressors
  • PEB-203-  Boiler Safety and Devices
  • PEB-204-  Plant (Boiler) Operations
  • PEB-205- Energy Plant Maintenance
  • PEB-206-  Water Treatment
  • PEB-207-  Prime Movers and Engines
  • PEB-208-  Auxiliary Building Systems
  • PEB-209-  Refrigeration
  • PEB-210- Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • PEB-211-  Heating and Cooling Systems
  • PEB-212-  Plant Configurations
  • PEB-3001-  Boiler Lab
  • PEB-3002-  Practicum
3rd Class Power Engineering
  • PEMA 200 – Applied Mathematics
  • PEAM 203 – Applied Mechanics
  • PETH 206 – Thermodynamics
  • PECC 207 – Industrial Legislation, Codes and Calculations
  • PECL 208 – Boiler Controls and Instrumentation
  • PEAS 220 – Applied Science
  • PEWI 221 – Welding Procedure and Inspection
  • PEPV 222 – Pressure Vessels
  • PEWT 223 – Waste Water Treatment
  • PEWT 280 – Water Treatment
  • PERE 281 – Refrigeration
  • PECT 218 – Fuels and Combustion
  • PEPI 219 – Piping
  • PESG 286 – Steam Generation and Boilers
  • PEPC 290 – Pumps and Compressors
  • PECT 291 – Electrotechnology
  • PEPM 292 – Prime Movers and Plant Auxiliaries
  • PEMA 293 – Plant Management, Industrial Safety, and Fire Protection

Tuition and Fees

4th Class
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
Fees
Total*
$5,826 $1,020 $1,790 $8,896
Please note: All tuition and fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
*Compulsory fees may include: student fees, field trip and/or practicum fees, laboratory fees, apprenticeship fees, PPE & other equipment, exam fees, online fees, consumables, safety and first aid training, and tools.
3rd Class
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
Fees
Total*
$5,441 $1,020 $1,010 $7,731
Please note: All tuition and fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
*Compulsory fees may include: student fees, field trip and/or practicum fees, laboratory fees, apprenticeship fees, PPE & other equipment, exam fees, online fees, consumables, safety and first aid training, and tools.
Additional Fees- U-Pass - Saskatoon and Regina Transit Bus Passes
UPass
$260 per year

$130 per semester

The U-Pass is a City Transit bus pass for students that allow you to save on transportation costs. The U-Pass fee is provided at a reduced cost compared to a standard monthly City Transit pass and is mandatory for most SIIT students in Saskatoon and Regina. You may use the U-Pass as many times as you would like during the academic term. Students who meet certain requirements can opt-out of the U-Pass. Please contact the Admissions department for more information.
Please note: U-Pass fees are subject to change.
Funding

Depending on your status, different forms of financial assistance are available to you. Please click here to explore options for funding. If you require assistance finding funding, please contact supportservices@siit.ca.

What to Expect

Day to Day

Delivery Method

4th Class:

  • 80% hours in class theory and 20% hours hands on practical training in the lab.  Class is held Monday to Friday, 6 hours per day.
  • A few hours per week of independent (homework) learning.
  • Students must relocate to Meadow Lake, SK to complete time in the SIIT Steam Lab.  This lab is located at Northwest Regional College. For this portion of the course, students are provided with accommodations in the student residences.

3rd Class:

  • 100% in class theory.
  • A few hours per week of independent (homework) learning.

Personal Protective Equipment needed for shop training and employment is provided by SIIT.

Industry Exams and Certificates:
  • WHMIS
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Confined Space
  • All TSASK Exams for 3rd and 4th Class
Work Integrated Learning

Work placements are available for Power Engineering students.  Students must adhere to attendance and academic performance standards to participate.

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is essential for academic success. Each program has specific attendance requirements that must be adhered to in order to graduate. 

For Power Engineering students, an attendance rate of 90% or better is required to graduate.

If you have been approved for funding, you must maintain the attendance required by your sponsoring agency to remain eligible to receive payment.

Graduation Requirements and Credential

Students must earn a 65% in each course to complete the 3rd and 4th Class Power Engineering programs.  Graduates of each level will receive an SIIT Power Engineering Certificate, an SIIT Transcript, and 240 hours of Steam Time (4th Class Only).

Career Path

Career Opportunities & Salaries

Graduates of this program can expect to find work as power engineers and power systems operators (NOC 9241).

Power engineers operate and maintain reactors, turbines, boilers, generators, stationary engines and auxiliary equipment to generate electrical power and to provide heat, light, refrigeration and other utility services for commercial, institutional and industrial plants and facilities. Power systems operators monitor and operate switchboards and related equipment in electrical control centres to control the distribution of electrical power in transmission networks. They are employed by power generation plants, electrical power utilities, manufacturing plants, hospitals, universities and government and commercial establishments.

Power engineers require a college training program in power engineering and several years of work experience, and a provincial or territorial power engineering certificate according to class.   In Saskatchewan, these exams are written with the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan. Please click here for more information.

In Saskatchewan, the average annual salary for power engineers and power systems operators is $ 125,600 (https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/hire-train-and-manage-employees/labour-market-information). 

For assistance finding employment, please contact your local SIIT Career Centre.

Licensing Requirements

Following graduation from SIIT programs, additional licensing requirements for Power Engineers in Saskatchewan are as follows:

  • Power Engineering 4th Class – Will have successfully completed the SIIT 4th Class program and both “A” and “B” TSASK Exams.
  • Power Engineering 3rd Class – Will have successfully completed the SIIT 3rd Class program (includes 6 months operating credit) plus 6 months additional operating experience and all four 3rd Class TSASK Exams.
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