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. Please contact us if there is an error or we’re missing a provider at ipenat@nipe.ca

 

British Columbia

Colleges

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Contact: Mike Safoniuk
BCIT_assistant_powerengineering@bcit.ca
604-431-4929

 

College of New Caledonia

Instructor: Stephen Davis
daviss5@cnc.bc.ca
250-562-2131 ext 5234

 

Northern Lights College

Department Head: Robert McAleney or Jay Cowan
rmcaleney@nlc.bc.ca or  jcowan@nlc.bc.ca
250-784-5149

 

Vancouver Island University

Department Head: Melanie Cousins
Melanie.cousins@viu.ca

Training Providers

Glenn McQuarrie Enterprises

President:  Glenn McQuarrie
coastal3@telus.net
604-223-7575

 

Power Engineering Technology Corporation

ali@campsquamish.com

 

Recreation Facilities Association of BC

Business Manager: Dan Pagely
dan@rfabc.com
1-877-285-3421

 

Selkirk College

Contact: Bruce McMaster
bmcmaster@selkirk.ca

 

Skeena Technical School

Contact: N/A

https://www.skeenatechnical.com

 

TFM Consultants International LTD

Contact: Mike Garcia
mikegarcia@tfmci.com
778-873-1050

Nova Scotia

Colleges

Nova Scotia Community College

Contacts: Martin Anderson, Mark Boudreau

martin.anderson@nscc.ca: mark.boudreau@nscc.ca
902-491-4911

Prince Edward Island

Colleges

Holland College

Contact: Steven Ellis

sellis@hollandcollege.com

902-629-4217

Quebec

Colleges

Commission Scolaire René Lévesque

Jean-Yves Savoie
jysavoie@csrl.net
418-364-6619

 

Riverside School Board

Contact: Erin Linington

elinington@rsb.qc.ca

450-645-2370 ext 7164

 

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