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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vancouver Island University
Department Head: Melanie Cousins
Glenn McQuarrie Enterprises
President: Glenn McQuarrie .
Power Engineering Technology Corporation
Recreation Facilities Association of BC
Business Manager: Dan Pagely
Contact: Bruce McMaster
Skeena Technical School
TFM Consultants International LTD
Contact: Mike Garcia
Grande Prairie Regional College
Contact: Wells Darling
Contact: Brian Macdougal
Contact: Robert Collins or Michelle Armstrong
Lethbridge Community College
Contact: Shayne Gurney
Medicine Hat College
Contact: Rakesh Kaushish
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Contact: Danielle Waroniuk or Lowell Harke
Northern Lakes College
Contact: Cherie Friesen
Resource Technology Training Team
1-888-652-8780 ext 8352
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
George Brychka Boiler Consulting
Power Engineering Preparation Consulting
Assiniboine Community College
Contact: Ken Alders
204-725-8700 ext. 6615
Red River College
Contact: Tim Farrell
River East Transcona
Contact: Gail Bobowski
Westech Energy Training Systems
Contact: Brian Baker
Contact: David Beals
Contact: Kevin Ackerman
Contact: Darlene Anton
Contact: Dale Holstein
Contact: Duane Chipley, Gloria Stevenson
Contact: Rushikesh Patel, Wayne Toney
Contact: Guy Tetrault