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Power Engineering

The Northern Lakes College Power Engineering programs prepare students to write the Alberta Boiler Safety Association (ABSA) Power Engineer’s Certification of Competency examinations. Power Engineering is an ABSA-accredited certification governing the operation and maintenance of boilers and associated equipment in heating plants and other industrial settings.

Further Educational Opportunities

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Power Engineering certification can start at either 5th or 4th Class level and progress up to 1st Class level. Consult the Power Engineers Regulations of the Alberta Safety Codes Act for more information.



Power Engineering 3rd Class

At NLC, we understand our students need the flexibility to balance work and home. Our Power Engineering 3rd Class is flexible enough to fit into your lifestyle:

  • Apply as a part-time or full-time student
  • Is available anywhere
  • Eight-months full-time

Program Dates

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Full-time September 7 – June 15, 2022

Part-time students - If you would like to start a course in a specific month, your registration must be received and processed by the 10th day of the previous month. For example, if you would like your course to start on June 1, your registration must be successfully processed by May 10.

Career Potential

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Graduates may find employment in electrical generating plants, pulp mills, oil and gas plants, food processing plants, hospitals, breweries, office buildings, heating plants, and chemical plants.

Power Engineering 4th Class

At NLC, we understand our students need the flexibility to balance work and home. Our Power Engineering 4th Class is flexible enough to fit into your lifestyle:

  • Apply as a part-time or full-time student
  • Is available anywhere
  • Eight-months full-time

Program Dates

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Full-time September 13 – May 25, 2022

Part-time students - If you would like to start a course in a specific month, your registration must be received and processed by the 10th day of the previous month. For example, if you would like your course to start on June 1, your registration must be successfully processed by May 10.

Career Potential

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Graduates operate boilers and associated equipment at large scale industrial facilities including mills and waste treatment plants.

Power Engineering 4th Class Lab Certificate

The 4th Class Power Engineering Lab Certification program is approved by the Alberta Boiler Safety Association to meet the firing time requirement for 4th Class Power Engineer certification. This certification is available at the Northern Lakes College Shell Canada Power Engineering and Technology Centre in Peace River, Alberta.

Five weeks full-time

Applications will be accepted up to 2 weeks prior program start date. Students will need to enroll in all 4 courses at once.

Program Dates

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November 15 – December 17, 2021
February 28 – April 1, 2022

Career Potential

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Graduates operate boilers and associated equipment at large-scale industrial facilities. In the local region, these include mills and waste treatment plants. Outside the region, they also include power plants, refineries, breweries, large gas plants, and steam-assisted heavy oil recovery projects.