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Welcome. Information Session. Power Engineering. Background. First Intake for the Power Engineering Program was in 1996 To address industry’s need to have qualified Power Engineers. Power Engineering Career. P.E. Qualifications

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Information Session

Power Engineering



  • First Intake for the Power Engineering Program was in 1996
  • To address industry’s need to have qualified Power Engineers

P.E. Qualifications

  • A power engineer is certified through the Alberta Boilers Safety Association(ABSA) as a 5th,4th,3rd2nd,1st (first being the highest.)
  • To work as a power engineer in the oil sands industry, a person must have at least fourth class power engineering certification & preferably a third class designation.

Labour Market Alberta

Power Engineers are expected to be in high demand in the next few years. One study reported that between 2006 and 2020, over 5,000 new plant and facility operators will be needed in the oil sands.

Recently, there have been as many as 80 job postings for process operators and power engineers, so there is great opportunity in Wood Buffalo for this occupation.


Power Engineer

  • Job Titles Requiring Power Engineering Certification
  • Refinery/upgrader Process Operator
  • SAGD Operator
  • Gas plant operator
  • Oil and gas pipeline operator
  • Jobs in Fort McMurray are generally related to mineral and hydrocarbon processing in the oil sand industry

Power Engineer

There are two levels of power engineers in Fort McMurray: field operators and control room operators.

“Primarily when someone is starting out, they’re in the field,” “After a few years they can progress to being a board or control room operator- kind of like the team lead.

They direct the field people to perform tasks beyond the control of the DCS - turning valves, adjusting an instrument to control temperature, pressure, flow, or level.”


Equipment Operated

  • compressors
  • dehydration units
  • vacuum and atmospheric distillation columns
  • cokers
  • fractionators
  • pumps
  • compressors
  • steam turbines
  • heat exchangers

Power Engineer

  • Within the two year program you will obtain:
    • 4th Class Power Engineering Certificate
    • 3rd Class Power Engineering Certificate
    • Two - 6-month paid work practicums with industry
    • Eligible to challenge the 4th Class - ABSA Exams after completing the 4th Class Theory
    • (ABSA Certification is contingent on completing six months firing time)

Power Engineer

  • Schedule
  • First year
  • 17 weeks in-class theory
  • 6 month paid work term (if eligible)
  • Second year
  • 17 weeks in-class theory
  • 6 month paid work term (if eligible)

Power Engineer

  • Program Delivery
  • Full-time day program
  • Monday – Friday 30 hours per week in class
  • Attendance required
  • Work-Terms
  • Work Terms are Competitive and are NOT GUARANTEED
  • Based on successful completion of course and ABSA exams
  • Great job opportunities for successful students
  • Industry standard work term eligibility criteria is in effect

Power Engineer

Companies Providing Work Practicums

  • Provide PAID work practicum to those who qualify
  • Ensure students receive appropriate “steam time”
  • Agreement regarding hiring
  • Industry Interview
  • Medical, Physical Demand, and Drug and Alcohol testing prior to work practicum


Students Acquire:

  • Current real work experience
  • Experience working rotating shifts
  • Able to compete for jobs in the oil sands industry

“Earn While You Learn”


Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries

  • Awards & Scholarships
  • Entrance Awards
  • Excellence Scholarships
  • Athletic Awards
  • In 2014, Power and Process Students won over $40,000.00 in scholarships .
  • Apply, Apply, Apply

Application Submission

  • Keyano College application
  • Pay application fee
  • Provide official transcripts
  • Submit Resume
  • Complete the DAT (Differential Aptitude Test) with a minimum score of 4500
  • Short-listed candidates will be interviewed for final selection

Selection Process

Five Key Skill Areas

  • Organizational
  • Interpersonal
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal
  • Motivation

Shortlisted candidates will be given a (BDI) interview,

Behavioral Descriptive Interview

Based on Conference Board of

Canada Employability Skills.

the interview
The Interview

Key Points for a Successful Interview

  • Know what the job duties of a power engineer are?
  • Research what the company does.
  • What type of equipment and process they use.
  • Why you want to work for the company.
  • Demonstrate good written, verbal communication skills.


Program Chair

George Radford 791-4904

Program Coordinator

Janet Somerville 792-5746

Career & Cooperative Education Coordinator

Maren Bzdell791-4834

Administrative Secretary

Donna Villa 791-4955