Education

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.

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Certification

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.

 

Opportunity

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.

 

Ontario

Colleges

Cambrian College

Coordinator: Greg Rickard
gregory.rickard@cambriancollege.ca
705-566-8101 ext 7869

 

Conestoga College

Program Administrator: Tannis Gayler
tgayler@conestogac.on.ca
519-748-5220 ext 3371

 

Confederation College

Program Coordinator: Wesley Grace
wgrace@confederationcollege.ca
807-475-6247

 

Durham College

Program Coordinator: David Beals
david.beals@durhamcollege.ca

 

Fanshawe College

Deborah McEwan
dmcewan@fanshawec.ca
519-426-8260 ext 225

 

Georgian College

Program Coordinator: Ryan Tangney
ryan.tangney@georgiancollege.ca
519-376-0840 ext 2654

 

Lambton College

Program Coordinator: Blair Partington
blair.partington@lambtoncollege.ca
519-542-7751 ext 3206

 

Mohawk College

Professor: Len McPhail
len.mcphail@mohawkcollege.ca
905-575-1212 ext 5042

 

St. Clair College

Coordinator: Dave Belanger
dbelanger@stclaircollege.ca
519-972-2727 ext 4757

 

Training Providers

Cimco Refrigeration

Tony Panetta
905-841-1689

 

EDC Services

Eli DiCredico
519-977-6666

 

Ontario Recreation Facilities Association

Sharon Dias
info@orfa.com
416-426-7062

 

Power Engineering Training Services

President: Mike Phillip
mikep@pwrengtraining.ca
905-827-8770

 

Thompson and Associates

Paul Thompson
519-542-4356

Prince Edward Island

Colleges

Holland College

Learning Manager: C Brodersen
902-629-4217

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