5th Class Power Engineering Program

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We are partnered with the following school divisions/organizations:

  • Saskatoon Public
  • Saskatoon Catholic
  • Saskatoon Industry Education Council
  • Prairie Spirit School Division
  • Chinook School Division
  • Great Plains College
  • South East School Division

What is Power Engineering?  

tristin power engineeringA "Power Engineer" is a technically skilled and knowledgeable professional who is certified and responsible to safely and efficiently operate equipment and processes that are regulated by boiler and pressure vessel legislation.

Power Engineers are also known as:

  • Steam Engineer
  • Stationary Engineer
  • Operating Engineer
  • Steam Plant Operator
  • Steam Plant Operator
  • Boiler Operator
  • Building Operator
  • Refrigerator Plant Operator

The basis of certification is the operation of steam boilers, pressure vessels, fired heaters, and refrigeration systems. However, the practical responsibilities also extend to other, related processes and utilities, which involve such auxiliary equipment as pumps, compressors, electrical generators, motors, steam turbines, gas turbines, heat exchangers, condensers, cooling towers, water treatment systems, air conditioning, systems, etc. The list is almost endless, since Power Engineers serve many different industries.

The Power Engineering 20L and 30L courses are locally developed courses.  Students receive a high school credit for each course.  The curriculum for the courses has been adopted from SOPEEC - Standardization of Power Examinations Committee for a 5th Class Power Engineer.  The courses involve 50 - 75 hours of theory and 50 hours spent on a work-study obtaining the steam time requirements for the course and for TSask 5th Class Power Engineering Certification.  At the end of both courses students will have the opportunity to write their Class 5 Power Engineering exam.  If students are successful on this exam then they will recieve a Class 5 Power Engineering industry recognized certificate.

Power Engineering 20L

  • Unit 1 – Boiler Details
  • Unit 2 – Boiler Fittings and Controls
  • Unit 3 – Boiler Operation, Maintenance
  • Unit 4 – Fuels and Combustion
  • Unit 5 – Piping and Valves
  • Unit 6 – Thermoil Systems
  • Unit 7 – Heating Systems and Human Comfort
  • Unit 8 – Basic Math

Power Engineering 30L

  • Unit 1 – Plumbing & Auxiliaries
  • Unit 2 – Lighting
  • Unit 3 – Refrigeration
  • Unit 4 – Refrigeration & AC System Controls
  • Unit 5 – Pumps & Air Compressors
  • Unit 6 – Distributed Generation
  • Unit 7 – Provincial Acts, Regulations & Adopted Codes
  • Unit 8 – Applied Science
  • Unit 9 – Safety
  • Unit 10 – Electricity
  • Unit 11 – Welding
  • Unit 12 – Water Treatment

pdfPower Engineering 5th Class Pamphlet

pdfIntroduction to Power_Engineering 20L and 30L Overview

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A Career in Power Engineering

July 10, 2013 - Ken Campbell

For every large group of buildings, factories or industrial sites Power is critical to not only keeping lights on but is the heart beat of all mechanical, electrical and electronic operations. Power Engineers or Stationary Engineers are the professionals that keep power plants running in hospitals, pulp mills, oil upgraders, refineries, manufacturing plants and countless other operations. Canada relies on Power Engineers as much as we do on Doctors, Nurses, Police or School teachers, just most people do not know it.

Power Engineers get their start one of two ways. Many start as entry level labourers or employees before getting their first Power Engineering job where they work under certified power engineers in a power house, while doing distance education. The second route is to attend a college which hopefully has a power boiler on site that will allow one to get their firing or hands on time. Both routes are very cost effective ways to an excellent profession, with two years of full time study giving students a leg up into the job market where they can reasonably expect to make $25-35 right away.

Power Engineers have 5 levels in Canada. With a first class power engineer being considered a Chief Engineer in charge of very large power plants and looking after the safety and efficient operation, while supervising dozens of Power Engineers. 1st Class Engineers can be considered equivalent to Mechanical or Electrical Engineers in theoretical knowledge but their hands on operating experience gives them the expertise to be in charge of very powerful boilers.

Entry level Power Engineers are often 4th Class Power Engineers, who perform a lot of field and monitoring work. 3rd class Power Engineers often perform a lot of maintenance and monitor the efficient operation of Coal, Natural Gas and Bio-energy boilers. 2nd class both relieve for the 1st class engineer and provide supervision for both engineers and contractors on site. 5th class power engineers are often in charge of refrigeration plants such as ice rinks.

Top first class engineers take years or even decades to get to their top positions and often make 150,000- 200,000 per year. The career path means that there is both room to grow and vacancies occurring at every level. With close to 30, 000 Power Engineers employed in Canada with the median age being over 45 years old, we expect to see over 11,000 job vacancies with only 8,000 expected new power engineers graduating from colleges. Power Engineering or Stationary Engineering is a great field to get into.



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