The path to becoming a Power Engineer requires theoretical classroom education combined with practical hands-on experience. Candidates will need to complete an accredited program with either a recognized college or training provider and pass a provincial certification exam.



Canada has 5 levels of certification for Power Engineers. Continued education, practical experience and an exam are required for each certification level. Each province has its own legislation regulating the requirements for certification.

Standardized test banks used for examinations throughout Canada (excepting Quebec) are developed and maintained by the Standardization of Power Engineer’s Examination Committee (SOPEEC). Visit the SOPEEC website for more information on provincial and standardized certifications.



There is plenty of room to grow in a Power Engineering career path. With the median age of Power Engineers at around 45 and fewer graduates than job vacancies in the industry, there are positions available at every class level across Canada and the demand is only expected to increase.

On completion of a 2-year, full-time program and meeting the requirements to pass provincial certification, an Entry Level Power Engineer (4th Class) can expect to make $25-$30 per hour.  Top 1st Class Engineers can make upwards of $200,000 after years or even decades of training and experience.

The 5 levels of Power Engineering Certifications in Canada

1st Class – Can be considered equivalent to Mechanical or Electrical Engineers in theoretical knowledge with the hands-on operating experience and expertise to be in charge of very powerful boilers.

2nd Class – Act as relief for 1st Class Engineers and provide supervision for both engineers and contractors on site.

3rd Class – Perform a lot of maintenance and monitor the efficient operation of Coal, Natural Gas and Bio-energy boilers.

4th Class – Perform a lot of field and monitoring work.

5th Class – Often in charge of refrigeration plants such as ice rinks.


Below is a list of accredited colleges and recognized training providers across Canada organized by province. Please contact us if there is an error or we’re missing a provider at

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Contact: Mike Safoniuk


College of New Caledonia

Instructor: Stephen Davis

250-562-2131 ext 5234

Northern Lights College

Department Head: Robert McAleney or Jay Cowan or


Vancouver Island University

Department Head: Melanie Cousins

Training Providers

Glenn McQuarrie Enterprises

President:  Glenn McQuarrie .


Power Engineering Technology Corporation

Recreation Facilities Association of BC

Business Manager: Dan Pagely


Selkirk College

Contact: Bruce McMaster

Skeena Technical School

Contact: N/A

TFM Consultants International LTD

Contact: Mike Garcia



Northwestern Polytechnic 

Contact: Brent Boutilier




Keyano College

Contact: Brian Macdougal


Lakeland College

Contact: Robert Collins or Michelle Armstrong or


Lethbridge Community College

Contact: Shayne Gurney


Medicine Hat College

Contact: Rakesh Kaushish


Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Contact: Danielle Waroniuk or Lowell Harke or


Northern Lakes College

Contact: Cherie Friesen

Resource Technology Training Team

1-888-652-8780 ext 8352

Portage College

Contact: Christine Tredger


Red Deer College

Contact: Elaire Frenette


Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Contact: Mitch McNeil


Calgary Board of Education

Contact: Stan Powers

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

Contact: Monika Bhandari

Training Providers

George Brychka Boiler Consulting

Contact: George Brychka

Power Engineering Preparation Consulting

Contact: Mike Maidens


Assiniboine Community College

Contact: Ken Alders

204-725-8700 ext. 6615

Red River College

Contact: Tim Farrell


River East Transcona

Contact: Gail Bobowski

Training Providers

Westech Energy Training Systems

Contact: Brian Baker



New Brunswick Community College

Contact: Orry Lyttle



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