Jun 25, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Power and Process Operations

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Program Description

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.

Program Overview

Your Career

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.

Student Success

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.


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)


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 at least 75% in Math 30-2, Math 30-3,
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 75% in English Language Arts 30-2.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Program Outline

Total Credits 30

Program Outcomes

  1. Prepare equipment for maintenance and inspections following recognized standards in a variety of operating environments.
  2. Monitor and troubleshoot equipment during normal and abnormal situations in a variety of operating environments.
  3. Operate equipment in compliance with safety, technical, environmental and regulatory requirements within variety of operating environments.
  4. Utilize appropriate computer hardware and software necessary to perform tasks within a variety of operating environments.
  5. Apply specific skills related to the safe operation of equipment while maintaining environmental responsibilities in a variety of operating environments.
  6. Adhere to personal, environmental and workplace safety regulations and practices within a variety of operating environments.
  7. Act as a trainer and trainee within the work environment.
  8. Apply verbal and written communications skills in a variety of operating environments to clearly transfer information and follow directions.
  9. Demonstrate reading competence for technical and professional documents and materials in an operating environment.
  10. Exhibit ethical and professional behaviors within a variety of operating environments.
  11. Interact effectively and ethically with diverse groups using oral, written and inter-personal skills within the operating team environment.
  12. Assess further learning opportunities that will maximize opportunities for employment, increased responsibility and career success, within a variety of operating environments.

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