What to Expect
The Power Engineering Technology (2 Year Diploma) program prepares students for progression through the 4th Class, 3rd Class and 2nd Class - Part A ABSA levels by providing both theoretical and practical training. The intent of the program is to prepare graduates to make both safety and efficiency a priority on the job. Students must pass all courses and attend a minimum of 80% of the theory classes, 100% of the labs and 100% of the plant practicum to successfully complete the program.
Is This Program For You?
Students should have good manual dexterity, hand-eye co-ordination and mechanically inclined for the operation of switches and controls for monitoring instruments. As well, colour vision is mandatory and many employers require applicants to take vision exams to test for colour blindness.
Skills you will acquire
Graduates are able to perform the following skills:
- boiler operation
- turbine operation
- control of refrigeration and air conditioning systems
- maintenance and repair of boilers and auxiliaries, pumps, compressors, turbines, generators
- equipment commissioning
Students in Mr. Colclough's classes study high-tech theoretical material related to thermodynamics and learn to apply that knowledge in the field. "The work is very challenging," says Colclough. "It has to be real, and even the strong students struggle at point. But I tell them - and I honestly believe it - that they all can do it. My job is to cultivate an environment where it's that much easier."
The NAIT Cenovus Centre for Power Engineering Technology provides a level of hands-on training not available anywhere else in Canada. The Centre houses such cutting-edge equipment as a digital simulator (a computer system that imitates an industrial boiler connected to a turbine generator), and a number of steam and gas turbines. Interacting with a wide range of industry-standard equipment gives students like Mehrdad Zarei, left, a head start. "We work on it, make mistakes and learn from it. That experience helped me a lot," says Mehrdad.