Trades and Industrial

Process Operation Technician


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 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 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 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.


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 4th Class Certificate.

or Completion of the Process Operator Technician

Delivery Method


Process Operator Technician Year 1  Process Operator Technician Year 2 

Power Engineering 3rd Class 

In Class Lecture  80%  80% 


Hands-on Training  10%  10% 


Practicum / Work Placement  10%  10% 


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.  

Graduation Requirements

Students must maintain above an 65% average

Attendance Policy

You must attend class regularly and maintain 90% attendance throughout the program.


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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.  
  • 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.
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