About the Program
Industrial development continues to result in the expansion of the Power Engineer's responsibilities. Provincial legislation requires the certification of employees before they assume responsibilities in heating and power plants. There are five certificate levels; 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st Class. Each involves qualifying time requirements and examinations administered by the (ABSA) Alberta Boilers Safety Association.
The objective of this program is to prepare students for entrance into the Power Engineering field at the 4th Class and 3rd Class, Part A level. This is done by providing the student with both theoretical and practical training. In addition to earning a pass mark in all courses, students in this program must attend a minimum of 80% of all theory classes and 100% labs to successfully complete the program.
Students writing the ABSA Exams will be charged the ABSA Examination Fees. These fees are set by ABSA and are as follows:
ABSA Exams (Prices include tax and are not eligible for Student Loans).
Term 1: $97.00 (4th Class - Part A)
Term 2: $97.00 (4th Class - Part B)
Students will be assessed the these fees separate from tuition as ABSA is an outside agency and is not a part of NAIT.
After graduation, students wishing to write the 3rd Class (3A1 and 3A2) are eligible to write the ABSA Exams. Students will schedule their own exams with ABSA.
ABSA Regulations dictate an Attendance Policy that is in place.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,167
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $2050
Semester 2: $200
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
- English 30-1 or English 30-2
- Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30
- Physics 30
- Chemistry 30
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Additional Requirements and Considerations
Good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity - students are required at times to operate equipment and controls while monitoring distributed control systems. Some employers require applicants to have one or all of the following: full colour vision, pass an employer medical test, have a valid Drivers License and have a clear criminal record check.
The Chair of the program will only evaluate students for Advance Credit that have been “Accepted” and “Registered” into the program.
Scholarships & Bursaries
|Bob and Wendy Hiew Bursary||2000.00||1|
Bob and Wendy Hiew are both NAIT graduates from the Electrical Engineering and Accounting programs. Bob and Wendy have established this bursary in order to support students who are experiencing financial difficulties so they can devote their time to their studies in order to embark on a good career. Available to a second year student enrolled in any full time credit program in either the JR Shaw School of Business, or the School of Applied Sciences and Technology at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and a minimum academic achievement of 75% in the first year of their program at NAIT.
|Dave McDonald Memorial Scholarship||1000.00||1|
First priority will be given to children of EPCOR employees who are enrolled in any program. Second priority will be given to students enrolled in the second year of either Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Power Engineering 4th class, or Power Engineering Technology program. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement, and to a student who is well-rounded, e.g. is involved in extracurricular activities be it sports or the arts, demonstrates leadership skills through community service or other volunteer activities, and possesses personal qualities such as dedication and commitment. Include a letter describing your involvement in extra-curricular activities, volunteer activities and your reasons for your involvement.
|International Applied Sciences Scholarship||2500.00||1|
Available to International students enrolled in the first, second, third, or fourth year of a credit program in the School of Applied Sciences and Technology at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of highest academic achievement in the previous semester.
|PanGlobal Power Engineering Staff Award - Spring||500.00||1|
Available to students in the Power Engineering Technology or Power Engineering Certificate programs. Awarded on the basis of effort, hard work, and attitude towards their fellow classmates during their school year and not necessarily on academic achievement.
|TransCanada - Aboriginal Entrance Awards Program||2200.00||1|
Available to a student of Aboriginal ancestry who is entering into any full-time program at NAIT related to the oil & gas/power industry. Awarded on the basis of community of origin, community involvement, academic achievement in high school, evidence of planning a career path, as well as financial need.
|Winspear Fund Scholarship||1500.00||1|
Awarded on the basis of academic achievement to a second year student enrolled in an Engineering Technology program.
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.