Overview

Keep industry running smoothly with the essential skills for a challenging career in power engineering. If you want a career and not just a job, then this is the program for you.

Power engineers are in high demand in Manitoba. If you are self-motivated, responsible and enjoy the technical challenge, this program will prepare you to take the standardized power engineering examination so you can start your career as a 4th Class Power Engineer.

As a power engineer, you will be responsible for efficiency, operation and safety for industrial equipment, such as steam engines, air compressors, boilers and turbines. You will learn how to operate and maintain these types of equipment, as well as the mathematics, mechanics, combustion, thermodynamics and instrumentation you will need in this career.

With this eight-month certificate, you will learn how to operate power plants on modern equipment simulating a 400 MW, pulverized coal-fired steam-generating unit. Hands-on learning methods at our North Hill campus will give you practical experience.

Your career could see you working with heating and air conditioning, refrigeration or fire systems. You may work in buildings or industrial complexes like hospitals, government agencies, school divisions, regional health authorities and manufacturing plants—anywhere that maintains complex industrial systems.

Admissions

  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent

  • English 40G/40S or equivalent

  • Consumer/Essential Math 40S or equivalent.

Although Consumer/Essentials Mathematics 40S is a minimum requirement for this program, it is strongly recommended that applicants have a background in Pre-Calculus Mathematics to a Grade 11 level. For students intending to continue with further training in the Power Engineering field, Pre-Calculus Mathematics 40S and Physics 40S are strongly recommended.

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information. 

Careers & Connections

Careers

Graduates find employment opportunities in hospitals, government agencies, school divisions, regional health authorities, and numerous other plants and building complexes.

Connections

Graduates may write the Standardized Power Engineering Examinations. Candidates who pass these examinations receive a Standardized Certificate, which makes them eligible to work as power engineers in all Canadian provinces and territories except Quebec.

Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit the Articulation Agreements page.

Tools & Supplies

Students have the opportunity to operate a real-life power plant using a state of the art simulator. This equipment simulates a 400 MW, pulverized coal-fired steam generating unit.

Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.

Our classrooms and labs are equipped with the necessary equipment that you need to make the most of your experience. However, there are some tools and supplies that you will need to purchase for personal use to help you with your studies. Much of what you purchase you’ll be able to use after you graduate and begin your career. 

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Courses & Costs

To graduate with a Power Engineering certificate, students must successfully complete 60 academic credits and 6 practical credits. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

Estimated Program Costs

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $4,790. Estimated cost for books and supplies is $2,640. All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.

Courses
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
Blueprint Reading (PE) (DRFT-0005)

This course provides the fundamental skills required to read and interpret blueprints and drawings. The knowledge gained in this course will prepare the student to better communicate ideas and proposed equipment changes for real situations in industry. This course includes lettering, description of lines and weights, orthographic and isometric views, sectional views and freehand sketching.

3 credit(s) No No No
Boilers and Materials (ENGR-0030)

This course introduces the student to various types of boiler designs, including where they are used, their history, construction and applications in both commercial and industrial settings. The student will also learn about the mechanical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous materials including piping, piping components and valves. Welding of these materials will also be discussed.

6 credit(s) No No No
Combustion and Maintenance 1 (ENGR-0046)

This course introduces students to different types of fuels used to fire boilers and how these fuels are utilized. Students will learn the different applications and techniques used to achieve proper combustion.

3 credit(s) No No No
Combustion and Maintenance 2 (ENGR-0047)

Prerequisites: ENGR-0046 Combustion and Maintenance 1 This course builds on Combustion and Maintenance 1 by introducing students to different maintenance procedures used in both commercial and industrial settings. The different types of powerhouse industrial plants are also introduced.

3 credit(s) No No No
Communications (COMM-0045)

This course includes instruction in techniques to improve both written and oral communication with prospective employers, co-workers and clients. Effective strategies for customer service are emphasized. It also serves to familiarize students with the regulations related to the workplace. As well, students receive an introduction to the use of computer software and hands-on experience with Windows operating system, Internet and email.

3 credit(s) No No No
Electrical (PE) (ELEC-0025)

This is an introductory course to help students become conversant with electrical terms and applied electrical principles, concepts and relationships that are fundamental to many technical applications. The course covers current and voltage relationships, terminology associated with alternating current (AC), direct current (DC) and magnetism. Electrical symbols and the various types of diagrams associated with the production, distribution and operation of electrical components and systems are studied. The course is conceptual while working toward problem solving and applications in industry.

6 credit(s) No No No
Engineering Chemistry (SCIE-0036)

This is an introductory course in water chemistry as it relates to boilers and cooling water systems. Students learn the different methods of treating water both internally and externally of these systems. Students also learn laboratory techniques for water testing.

3 credit(s) No No No
Engines (PE) (ENGR-0018)

This course provides an introduction to steam engines, steam turbines, internal combustion engines and lubrication.

3 credit(s) No No No
Heating Boilers and Systems (ENGR-0031)

This course introduces students to the various types of heating plants in use today, including the different types of boilers, fittings and various heating related equipment.

3 credit(s) No No No
Instrumentation and Controls 1 (ENGR-0048)

In this course, students will be able to understand the principles involved for measuring and controlling variables found in power plants. These variables include level, temperature, pressure, flow and composition. The student will become familiar with how these process variables are measured and where the information is used.

3 credit(s) No No No
Instrumentation and Controls 2 (ENGR-0049)

Prerequisite: ENGR-0048 Instrumentation and Controls 1 This course builds on Instrumentation and Controls 1 by providing students with the fundamental concepts of electric and electronic control circuits. Students will also learn how to test and maintain instruments using proper procedures.

3 credit(s) No No No
Mathematics (PE) (MATH-0050)

This is a skill development course in arithmetic, applied geometry and lower level algebra. Emphasis is on hand-held calculator skills and realistic applications.

3 credit(s) No No No
Mechanics (PE) (MECH-0083)

This is an introductory course on the study of statics and dynamics. This includes friction, types of motion, work, power, energy and some power mechanical transmission.

3 credit(s) No No No
Practicum - POWER (PRAC-0193)

Students spend approximately eight weeks on the job to gain experience in a work environment. Program faculty locate the practicum provider. The student must submit evidence that the work has been successfully completed.

6 credit(s) No No No
Refrigeration (PE) (ENGR-0019)

Students can expect to learn about the different types of commercial and industrial refrigeration systems including the use of different types of refrigerants, equipment, applications, safety controls, and the maintenance and operation procedures of each plant. Refrigeration theory along with heat gains and losses will also be discussed.

6 credit(s) No No No
Safety and Environment (WRKP-0016)

This course provides an introduction to safety problems and safe practises in the workplace, and an appreciation of the potential environmental impact of air, water, waste and noise. Some discussion on the handling of waste and perception of risk, environmental responsibility and sustainable development is included.

6 credit(s) No No No
Thermal and HVAC Studies 1 (ENGR-0050)

This course provides students with the skills to solve problems related to thermodynamics. This course covers temperature scales, heat transfer, steam generation, and laws for perfect gases. Density and pressure, temperature and heat, force, pressure, calorimetry, expansion and contraction, and the laws of thermodynamics are also discussed.

1.5 credit(s) No No No
Thermal and HVAC Studies 2 (ENGR-0051)

Prerequisite: ENGR-0050 Thermal and HVAC Studies 1 In addition to Thermal and HVAC Studies 1, this course will teach the student about the different properties of air, airflow through distribution systems, and the different types of duct systems used in air handling systems. The student will also learn about air conditioning systems and the equipment, applications, operation and maintenance of these systems. Heat recovery, effective energy use, and alternative energy will also be discussed.

1.5 credit(s) No No No

Fast Facts

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need protective clothing and/or footwear for Power Engineering?

Yes, students are required to wear CSA approved footwear and safety glasses in all shop/lab classes. Hearing protection and hard hats may be required in certain shop situations. Coveralls may be needed to keep all other clothing clean and protected.

Do I need to buy tools for this program?

Yes, tools are required for this program. 

When is the next program information session?

Program information sessions are completely free to attend, and we invite you to bring a guest along as well. It's a good idea to register in advance so we know you're coming. 

To find the complete schedule for our program information sessions and to RSVP, visit the program information session page.