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Power Engineering, 4th Class

Sep 08, 2020
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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

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In the NAIT Power Engineering Certificate program, you’ll learn foundational concepts and become familiar with the components of large heating and cooling facilities, oil upgraders, gas refineries, pulp and paper mills, chemical industries, and processing facilities.

In just 1 year, you’ll gain practical skills needed to operate and maintain boiler operations, pumps, compressors, generators, turbines and water treatment systems. You’ll also learn the operation and control logic of refrigeration and air conditioning systems while gaining knowledge in electricity, instrumentation, and equipment design.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

You can expect to be in the NAIT Power Lab 6 hours a week (8 hours a week in term 2) for hands-on training. You’ll see what it’s like to be a Power Engineer and operate a power generating facility and grow familiar with the tools, equipment and safety protocols. 

In the classroom, we will discuss foundational concepts of boilers, electricity, instrumentation, safety, codes and legislation, thermodynamics and physics. 

By the time you graduate, you will have the knowledge, skills and confidence to:

  • operate boilers
  • operate turbines
  • control and operate refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • maintain and repair boilers and auxiliaries, pumps, compressors, turbines, generators
  • commission equipment

Tools for success

To be successful in this program, you’ll need to demonstrate manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination and mechanical inclination for the operation of switches and control of monitoring instruments. Colour vision may also be required by some employers.

NAIT Power Lab

The NAIT Power Lab shows students what it's like to operate a power generating facility and grow familiar with the tools, equipment and safety protocols.

Enter the workforce with confidence

Power engineers generally have steady year-round employment, with no seasonal layoffs, in plants that operate around the clock. Because of this, shiftwork consisting of 12-hour day and night shifts on weekends and holidays is typically required. 

As you gain experience and higher levels of certification, your work responsibilities as a power engineer will increase in complexity.

Graduates of the Power Engineering program typically find employment in:

  • electrical generating plants
  • pulp mills
  • oil and gas plants
  • food processing plants
  • hospitals
  • breweries
  • office buildings
  • heating plants
  • chemical plants

Typically, power engineers:

  • assist in the operation and maintenance of boilers, pumps, compressors, fans, turbines, refrigeration units, heating systems and other related equipment
  • work as a shift engineer who coordinates the operational and maintenance activities of assistant engineers engaged in the constant control and surveillance of power plant equipment

Become a trusted professional

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 Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA).

The objective of this program is to prepare you for entrance into the Power Engineering field at the 4th Class and 3rd Class, Part A level. This will be done by providing you with both theoretical and practical training. In addition to earning a passing grade in all courses, you must also attend a minimum 80% of all theory classes and every lab to successfully complete the program. 

If you choose to write the ABSA exams, you will be charged the ABSA examination fees. These fees are set by ABSA and are subject to change. 

ABSA exam fees (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)

You will be assessed these fees separate from tuition due to ABSA being an outside agency that is not affiliated with NAIT.

After graduation, you will also be eligible to write the 3rd Class (3A1 and 3A2) ABSA exams. 

Learn more about the ABSA

 

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Term 1

PHYS1156Applied Science
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology program or the Power Engineering Certificate.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will provide the student an opportunity to know and use the physical principles, laws and mathematical relationships relating to vectors, forces, Newton's laws of motion, linear motion, weight and mass, rotational and translational equilibrium, work, energy, power, simple machines and thermodynamics, fluids at rest and in motion, and properties of solids. In support of this, the student will acquire knowledge in topics including algebra, area and volume, geometry, systems of linear equations and trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions.

POWT1102Legislation, Codes and Piping
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology or Power Engineering Certificate Program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course provides information dealing with Canadian and Alberta legislation, codes, standards and regulations that apply to Power Engineers. The course will begin with ASME codes as they apply to design, construction and safety of Boilers and Pressure vessels. This course will provide an introduction to materials and their various applications to piping, fittings and joining techniques.

POWT1104Electrical and Instrumentation
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology program or Power Engineering Certificate Program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course we will explain control logic for plants, equipment and control systems. Explain different control systems and how they apply to plant processes. Perform electrical calculations Describe magnetism and A/C systems and explain AC/DC theory and distribution.

POWT1113Material Science
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology or Power Engineering Certificate Program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In relation to the power engineering field, this course assesses equipment running on thermodynamic principles including heat transfer and applications of phase change. It relates basic chemistry concepts and boiler combustion to power engineering applications, predicts and assesses equipment corrosion issues. The course also covers metallurgy and its applications.

POWT1122Workplace preparation and awareness
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology or Power Engineering Certificate Program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Power Engineers are employed in Operational Plants that work 24/7 - 365 days a year. Safety and Environment legislation are the "Licence to Operate" for plants. This legislation is an integral part of a Power Engineer's scope of practice and responsibility. Work integration learning concepts and skills will be discussed and professional employment documents will be created and tailored to the field of Power Engineers. Power Engineering communication avenues will be explained and practiced.

POWT11444A Power Lab
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology or Power Engineering Certificate Program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course the students will develop teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills for a safe and efficient operation. In the power engineering, the covered topics are: interpretation of boiler construction and boiler fittings, monitoring and implementing strategies for water treatment in plant operation, and operating boilers and ancillaries in a safe and efficient manner. The lab enhances and complements the theory aspects of power engineering.

Term 2

POWT1211Industrial Communications and Monitoring
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology program or Power Engineering Certificate Program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Apply workplace communication skills and compile a technical report with proper APA citations. Explain internal and external water treatment and implement control parameters. An introduction to boiler safety devices and the importance and operation of them.

POWT1223Maintenance and Power Lab
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology or Power Engineering Certificate Program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is a brief introduction to Power Engineering duties, job responsibilities, and the governing authorities that surround the industry. It encompasses the different types of plants and their auxiliary systems relating to Power Engineering. These include, but are not limited to, gas processing facilities, pulp and paper industry, food processing facilities, hot oil heating systems, utilities and building heating. The course includes a practical lab component where students apply hands on skills to different maintenance applications in the Power Lab.

POWT1241Prime Movers
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology or Power Engineering Certificate Program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course focuses on Prime Movers, namely steam turbines, gas turbines and industrial internal combustion engines. Topics include types and modes of operation of this equipment. Prime Mover Plant auxiliary equipment that is covered includes compressors and compressed air systems, pump types and their operation, as well as cooling towers. The types of rotating equipment bearings and their lubrication is also covered. Fourth and Third Class material will be covered in this class.

POWT1243Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology or Power Engineering Certificate Program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Fourth and Third Class course in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, designed to present topics such as the thermodynamics of refrigeration, refrigeration codes, properties of refrigerants, compression refrigeration systems and components, refrigeration controls and accessories, compression refrigeration operation and maintenance, absorption refrigeration, air conditioning equipment and systems, and psychometrics.

POWT12444B Power Lab
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology or Power Engineering Certificate Program. Prerequisite: POWT1144. A completion grade of C in POWT1144 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course covers the Power Engineering lab. The student will continue to develop teamwork and communication and interpersonal skills for a safe and efficient operation. Students will operate air handling-heating/cooling, refrigeration systems and hot water heating equipment in addition to boilers, prime movers and auxiliaries. This course also encompasses a one hour a week theory portion on items in the Power Lab.

THRM1201Thermodynamics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology or Power Engineering Certificate Program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Fundamental concepts include conservation of energy, types of energy, transitory energies, internal energy, Mechanical Equivalent of Heat, Specific Heat Capacity, temperature systems, sensible heat vs latent heat, 1st and 2nd Laws of Thermodynamics, and thermodynamic properties of steam. Introduction to Gas Laws including calculations involving end-state properties during Isobaric, Isothermal, Isometric, Polytropic, and Adiabatic Processes; work as area under a curve on a P-V diagram and calculation of work quantities during various types of Expansion/Compression Processes.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,167

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $925
Tuition Cap: $8,993

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 08, 2020

Term Start Date: Sep 08, 2020

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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 Driver's License and have a clear criminal record check.

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If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
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