Power and Process Operations is an 8-month program that trains students for careers as operators, responsible for the daily safe running of processing equipment at oil and gas facilities. The program consists of both classroom and laboratory study, and prepares students to become fourth class Power Engineers through ABSA.
Graduates find work in process operations as plant, battery, process and field operators and are often employed in processing industries such as petrochemical, fertilizer, pulp and paper, natural gas processing, metallurgical, petroleum refining, and food and beverage production. Currently most job opportunities for process operators often involve shift work at remote locations.
A grade 12 equivalent is recommended to increase employment opportunities. Applicants should be physical agile, have good hearing, and be capable of lifting 45-kilogram chemical sacks. Students with serious colour vision defects or who suffer from claustrophobia or fear of heights may have trouble with certain aspects of instruction and may experience problems securing employment.
Credentials and Accreditation
After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT certificate in Power and Process Operations.
This program is integrated with the Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA) Certification System. Graduates are eligible to write the new Alberta Boilers Branch Fourth-Class certification exam.
Graduates are eligible for membership in the following professional associations:
- Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA)
- Institute of Power Engineers (IPE)
- International Pressure Equipment Integrity Association (IPEIA)
- National Association Corrosion Engineers (NACE)
Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.