Jun 22, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2021-2022 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2021-2022 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Power Engineering Technology

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Program Description

Courses in power theory, thermodynamics and extensive lab training will prepare you for an empowering career. Learn how to operate, maintain and manage industrial equipment with theoretical and hands-on training that will lead you to your power engineer certification.

Our Power Engineering Technology diploma arms you with the skills to become a third class power engineer responsible for controlling large, complex power and process systems, and performing production work in the operation and development of large-scale energy projects. SAIT also offers flexible continuing education training for fifth to first class to prepare you for your ABSA exams, or you can pursue a bachelor’s degree with our transfer options.

In Canada, power engineering certification progresses from fifth to first class (most advanced) and the ABSA is the pressure equipment safety authority for Alberta.


Program Overview

Your Career

Graduates find work as plant operators, design assistants, research and development assistants and process operators in the petroleum, power, petrochemical, refining, and pulp and paper industries.  Opportunities also exist for positions in field and design offices and mechanical or industrial sales outlets.

Student Success

Manual dexterity and mechanical ability is helpful.  Students should be aware that colour blind testing may be required by some employers. Eighty per cent attendance is a requirement to successfully complete the program.  Successful students will have the ability to gather technical information and use it to troubleshoot large electromechanical systems.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Power Engineering Technology.

This program is integrated with the Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA) Certification System. Graduates are eligible to write the Alberta Boilers Branch Fourth-Class certification exams as well as the Alberta Boilers Branch Third-Class exams.  Following successful completion, graduates will have full 4th class certification through ABSA and will require additional experience in industry to receive their third class certification.   

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)



The program is nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC).  Graduates are eligible for registration in the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists.


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, or at least 75% in Math 30-2, AND,
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 75% in English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
  • At least 60% in Physics 30.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Program Outline

Total Credits 61.5

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