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Power Engineering Technology

Sep 03, 2019
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You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

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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

Any POWT related courses that are to be looked at for advance/transfer credit can be considered but not necessarily granted due to the need to have the student be successful in learning the ABSA accredited standardized curriculum being used and the impact it has on being successful in passing the ABSA examinations. There can be a better possibility of granting advance/transfer credits for 'academic' courses such as physics and mathematics subject to the minimum requirements of the course(s) in question and equivalencies to the existing NAIT courses (e.g. PHYS 1146 or PHYS 2446 or MATH 1141).

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Harness the power

Power engineers work to keep our lights on and motors running. They are responsible for all aspects of generating, transmitting and making use of electrical power, and since nearly all facets of modern society require electricity at some stage, these professionals play an essential role in our economy and everyday life.  

In this comprehensive 2-year diploma program, you’ll study thermodynamics, electricity, electronics, refrigeration and air conditioning. You’ll also gain skills in mechanical drafting, blueprint reading, technical mathematics and physics. By the end of the program, you’ll have the foundational knowledge and skills to gain provincially-recognized certification and begin a rewarding career as a power engineering technologist. 

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

The Power Engineering Technology 2-year diploma program will prepare you 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 you to make both safety and efficiency a priority on the job. 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

You’ll need to 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. 

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.


Practicum/co-op/work experience

The Plant Practicum (POWT2395) portion of the Power Engineering Technology program is designed to provide you with industrial experience. Only qualified students (who have completed and passed all Level 1 courses successfully AND have successfully completed the ABSA, 4th Class A & B papers) may be assigned to industrial plants where they will be exposed to the many phases of power engineering.

  • Length: 530 Hours/13.25 Weeks (nominal)
  • Salary: Paid and Unpaid Placements
  • Relocation: Possible

Please note: You will be charged the tuition fee for both the paid and unpaid plant practicums. This fee covers, staffing costs related to the plant practicum, room usage for interviews, industry information sessions, etc.

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.

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

Graduate information & opportunities

Continuing your studies

  • 4th Class ABSA Provincial exam – you can apply to write the 4th Class ABSA Provincial Exam once you’ve successfully completed certificate Level 2 program courses
  • 3rd Class Part "A" ABSA Provincial exam - you can write the 3rd Class Part "A" ABSA Provincial Exam once you’ve successfully completed Plant Practicum Level 3 (POWT2395)
  • 3rd Class Part "B" ABSA Provincial exam -  you can write the 3rd Class Part "B" ABSA Provincial Exam once you’ve successfully completed Level 5
  • 2nd Class Part "A" ABSA Provincial exam - you can write the 2nd Class Part "A" ABSA Provincial Exam once you’ve successfully completed Levels 1 and 2

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).

NAIT's Power Engineering Technology Diploma (2 year) delivers a curriculum that will prepare you to write the 4th Class, 3rd Class and three of the six papers for 2nd Class ABSA Administered Provincial Examinations. ABSA Regulations dictate a 100% Attendance Policy that is in place for this 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 (4A)
  • Term 2: $97.00 (4B)
  • Term 3: $194.00 (3A1 and 3A2)
  • Term 4: $197.00 (3B1 and 3B2)
  • Term 5: $291.00 (2A1, 2A2 and 2A3)

Note:  ABSA examination fees are not eligible for student loans.

You must pass all of the NAIT curriculum before you will be eligible to write ABSA's examinations. 

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Articulations

Please note: Post-secondary articulation agreements within Alberta are approved by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT). To view the details of specific agreements, please visit transferalberta.ca or contact articulations@nait.ca.

For questions regarding transfer agreements or to obtain a course description/outline that is no longer available on our website, please contact articulations@nait.ca.



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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.
  • Course Equivalencies: PWT202
  • 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.
  • Course Equivalencies: ELEC1205, POWT1204
  • 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.
  • Course Equivalencies: PWT241
  • 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.
  • Course Equivalencies: PWT201
  • 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.

Term 3

POWT2395Third Class Plant Practicum
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology program and Power Engineering Certificate program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

All eligible POWT Diploma Program students will be hired or placed on a paid or unpaid plant practicum in either the spring, fall or winter terms in order to satisfy 530 hours of the ABSA-required 3rd Class steam time. The purpose of this course is to provide industrial power engineering experience in the field. Students will write personal learning goals during the first month of their practicum. Students will keep a daily logbook of their work experience and write a report based on their experience, their learning goals, and their logbook notes. The student's supervisor will evaluate the student and provide an attendance record. The student and supervisor will complete the appropriate components on the ABSA forms and hand these in with the other practicum requirements. Note: that in the absence of this practicum course, ABSA requires six months of 3rd Class steam time for course equivalency. Students must have a valid Fourth Class Certificate registered with ABSA or in the jurisdiction that they are working in and be enrolled in the Power Engineering Technology Diploma program.

Term 4

MATH1106Technical Mathematics, Calculus I and Statistics
  • Requisites: This course is not available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: MATH1106
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is for Computer Engineering Technology students. In order to analyze electric circuits students need to be able to use algebraic and transcendental functions. This course also introduces the student to statistics and statistical methods, as well as differential calculus which are commonly used in technical analysis.

POWT2315Power and Process Plant Simulations
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course explains cogeneration systems describing their configurations, components and applications. It explains various types of heat transfer equipment, the purpose, processes and control of wastewater treatment systems and the purpose, design and administration of industrial plant sites. A simulator lab component of this course is incorporated that allows students to perform remote cold-start ups on multi-boiler operations. Students will gain experience with pilot scale processes in order to learn how full scale processes operate and how they are controlled.

POWT2322Water, Welding & Pumps
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course covers the causes, consequences, monitoring, testing and treating of waters used in boilers. This encompasses both internal and external strategies for the control of dissolved solids, dissolved gases and suspended matter. Also covered is the various types of equipment used in the pre-treatment processes for boiler water coupled with the testing procedures used to determine the water quality. Effluent identification, testing and control will also be covered. Terms associated with pumps and pumping are examined and pump calculations are explained and practiced. Various welding techniques are covered along with the different welding procedures and testing methods used. Pressure Vessel designs are examined covering the requirements for the construction, repair and testing of those pressure vessels. Also included are references to the applicable ASME Codes both for welding and for pressure vessels.

POWT23333rd Class Boilers
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: POWT1113.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course covers designs, construction, and operation of boilers. It goes into details of boiler parts, heat transfer components, boiler fittings, feedwater controls, combustion controls, temperature controls, and common boiler maintenance and operating procedures.

POWT2341Advanced Prime Movers
  • Requisites: This class is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: POWT1241.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course covers the operation of steam turbines, gas turbines and internal combustion engine otherwise known as prime movers. The theory learned in this course is the basis for the prime mover operation in the Power Lab.

POWT23443A Power Lab
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: POWT1244. A completion grade of C in POWT1244 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Hands on operation of the process equipment in the Power Engineering Steam Lab facility. This course includes boilers, feedwater systems, various pumps, steam turbines, pressure vessels and other auxiliary equipment. Topics covered are boiler inspection, boiler and control system troubleshooting, confined space entry, equipment lock out and the operation of boilers and auxiliary equipment. A valid Fourth Class Certificate registered with ABSA is required to take this course.

Term 5

MATE2448Metallurgy and Materials
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology program. 80% attendance is a program requirement for this course.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

A Power Engineer Technologist must be able to understand mechanical properties of materials to ensure safety and serviceability of pressure equipment in a facility. Knowledge of material types, predicted performance and expected life cycles is important. The student will learn the causes and characteristics of corrosion types.

PHYS2446Advanced Physics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: PHYS1156.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will provide the student an opportunity to learn and use the physical principles, laws and mathematical relationships relating to units of measurement, scalar and vector quantities, uniform horizontal acceleration, laws of motion, work, energy, power, density of materials, hydrostatic, total pressure of fluids, and Bernoulli's equation.

POWT2402Project Management and Codes
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology program. Prerequisites: POWT1102.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course provides students with skills and knowledge to use legislation, management styles, design and construction techniques, maintenance philosophies, safety programs and code calculations that deal with plant, boiler, pressure vessel applications that Power Engineers are required to utilize in the work place.

POWT2415Advanced Operations and Simulations
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology program. Pre-Requisite: POWT2315.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is designed to develop knowledge of fundamental engineering and operating principles with simulated programs. The student will operate a heat exchanger and centrifugal pumps as a floor operator and console (CCR) operator simulations. They will be able to explain steam generation, advanced pump systems, and advanced boiler water treatment and non-boiler water treatment.

POWT24443B Power Lab
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: POWT2344. A completion grade of C in POWT2344 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This is a practical hands on course in the Power Lab where students will operate all boilers and equipment. The course also includes the analysis of flue gas and calorimeter results to determine boiler efficiencies, steam turbine and generator efficiency analysis and boiler plant black start simulation using a diesel generator.

THRM2401Advanced Thermodynamics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Power Engineering Technology program. Prerequisite: THRM1201.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Thermodynamic Systems will be covered in this course including topics on the Laws of Thermodynamics, P-H and Mollier Diagrams, Calorimeters, Carnot Cycle, Heat Engines, Boiler/Turbine/Pump/Compressor Steady Flow Energy Equations, compression/expansion processes, air compressors, internal combustion cycles, convection and radiation heat transfer.

Tuition

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

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $702
Tuition Cap: $6,826

Mandatory Fees

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

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $2,050
Level 1 Term 2: $200
Level 2 Term 1: $1,250
Level 2 Term 2: $250

Dates & Deadlines

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

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: WL
International Applicants: WL

Entrance Requirements


Competitive Entrance Requirements:

70% overall average

Note: Competitive entrance requirements are determined by the program area and are subject to change without notice.

Additional Requirements and Considerations

Normal colour vision is recommended for this program

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