Trades & Industrial

Power Engineering


Career Description

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.

Program Description

SIIT Power Engineering students 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.

4th Class

Students in the 4th Class program will move faster than the Process Operations Technician program and will write and challenge both the “A” and “B” exams by the end of this program. There may exist an option to transfer into the Process Operation Technician program if students find that they might succeed at a slower pace.

3rd Class

This is the next step after completing the requisite hours and training at the 4th class level. Students who complete this program will be ready to challenge the 3rd class exams administered by TSASK.

SIIT Program# of credit hoursApprenticeship LevelSafety TicketsWork PlacementCourse Length
Process Operation Technician6504th Class Power EngineeringYes1 Week64 Weeks
Power Engineering 4th Class12004th Class Power EngineeringYes2 Weeks32 Weeks
Power Engineering 3rd ClassSee Below3rd Class Power Engineering32 Weeks

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Admission Requirements and Deadlines


Academic Requirements:

Minimum Grade 12, Adult Basic Education 12, or GED

Math 30

Note: Some employers may require a grade 12 or equivalent to advance in management roles. 


Mature Admissions

Age 21 years or older.

Any applicant under special admission is subject to a CAAT assessment.


Non-Academic Requirements

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 the 4th Class Certificate.

Delivery Method


Process Operator Technician-Year 1  Process Operator Technician-Year 2  Power Engineering 4th Class  Power Engineering 3rd Class 

In Class Lecture 


80%  70 %  80% 
Hands-on Training  10%  10%  20% 


Practicum / Work Placement  10%  10%  10% 


2 hours per day of additional at home independent learning is recommended. 

Tuition and Fees

4th Class
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
$5,712 $1,020 $1,790 $8,522
Please note: All fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
3rd Class
Tuition Textbook Compulsory
$5,304 $1,020 $1,010 $7,334
Please note: All fees are subject to change.
*Total amount does not include the required UPass Transit Bus Pass for Saskatoon & Regina students.
U-Pass - Saskatoon and Regina Transit Bus Passes

$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 a 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.

Upcoming Start Dates, Locations and Schedules

4th Class 

Sept. 4, 2018 – Regina 

Sept. 4, 2018 – Saskatoon 

3rd Class 

Sept. 4, 2018 – Regina 

Sept. 4, 2018 – Saskatoon


4th Class Power Engineering

PEAM100 – Applied Math

PEPH103 – Applied Mechanics

PETH106 – Intro. To Thermodynamics

PECI 108 – Controls, Instrumentation and Process Flow

PESA 110 – Safety and the Workplace

PEWT 114 – Water Treatment

PESM 116 – Shop Maintenance

PEBL118 – Boilers

PEEB 120 – Electricity Basics

PEHB 122 – Heating Boiler Systems

PEDR 124 – Drafting

PEPL 126 – Plant Operation

PERA 128 – Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

PELA 130 – Power Boiler Lab

PENI 134 – Non-industrial Systems

PEIE 148 – Industrial Experience I

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

What to Expect

4th Class Power Engineering

Part of the 4th class program will require students to relocate to Meadow Lake to work in the lab. Need a ride! Instructors and your classmates will help you get there, after all, it takes teamwork to make the dream work. We also provide students with a place to stay while training at the lab in residences two blocks away from the lab.  


3rd Class Power Engineering

Students enrolled in this program will be at the Saskatoon Main Campus, located at 229 4th Ave. S. For all the coffee drinkers, there is coffee in class for you to help start the day off, and keep you alert. Students do not have a practicum or lab time scheduled.

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. 

Graduation Requirements

4th Class 

Students must maintain above an 65% average  

Note: the following course are based on a pass/fail grade: 

PESM 116: Shop Maintenance, PELA 130: Power Boiler Lab, PEIE: 148 Industrial Experience I 

3rd Class 

Students must maintain above an 65% average

Attendance Policy

You must attend class regularly and maintain 90% attendance throughout the program to meet graduation requirements. 

Apprenticeship Requirements

  • 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.  

Career Posibilities

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) 

Low  Median  High 
$21.54  $34.00  $50.00 

International Students

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).

Acceptance Policy

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.  
  • 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.
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