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Power Engineer

Power engineers supervise, operate and maintain power plants, heating plants and thermal liquid heating systems. They also may sketch, construct, install, repair or provide advice regarding power or heating plants.

Contact

Alberta Boilers Safety Association
9410 20 Ave NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6N 0A4
Canada

Call: 780-437-9100
Fax: 780-437-7787
Email: generalinq@absa.ca
Website: www.absa.ca

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Safety Codes Act [pdf] and Power Engineers Regulation [pdf], you must hold an appropriate certificate from the Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA) to supervise a power plant, heating plant or thermal heating system. You need different types of certification to operate and maintain different types of boilers. Certification is not required to assist in the operation of a power or heating plant under the supervision of a certified Power Engineer.

What You Need

There are 5 standardized levels of certification, advancing from 5th Class certificate to 1st Class certificate. Each level has different training and employment experience requirements. There also are 4 provincial levels of certification. These include:

  • Special Oilwell Operator
  • Special Boiler Operator
  • Special Steam-powered Traction Engine Operator
  • Fired Process Heater Operator.

In addition to work experience, you must normally complete an approved course to challenge 4th and 5th Class Certificate of Competency examinations. For official, detailed information about certification requirements, visit the ABSA website.

Working in Alberta

Power engineers who are certified by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta if certified power engineers in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the ABSA website.

To learn about certification for internationally educated power engineers, see Power Engineer Certification Process.

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