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Power Engineering 3rd Class

Portage College

Portage College

Established in 1968, Portage College serves over 1,000 full-time students each year. The corporate centre is located in Lac La Biche, with regional service centres in Cold Lake and St. Paul, and community campuses in Bonnyville, Frog Lake, Saddle Lake, Vegreville, Goodfish Lake and Wainwright. Portage offers more than 50 certificate and diploma programs in areas such as academic upgrading and job readiness, business, forestry and natural resources, general studies, health and wellness, human services, Native cultural arts, trades and technical, and university studies. In addition, many courses transfer to other colleges and universities. Portage College provides small class sizes to allow more time with instructors. The Learning Assistance Centre offers educational support to help students achieve academic success. The Lac La Biche campus includes a student residence, full service cafeteria, family housing, a childcare centre and a student activity centre. The College is a strong competitor in ice hockey, and offers recreational facilities for students, as well.

Satellite Campuses or Offices

Boyle, Cold Lake, Frog Lake, Goodfish Lake, Saddle Lake, St. Paul


Box 417, 9531 - 94 Avenue
Lac La Biche, Alberta, T0A2C0, Canada

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  • Program Type Occupational
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

Program Description: Power Engineers are skilled workers who operate and maintain equipment in a power plant. Power Engineers work with internal combustion engines, steam and gas turbines, pumps, air-conditioning units, building heating systems, and steam and hot water boilers providing utilities such as heat, climate control and electrical power for industrial processes or building operations. Theory Part A: The objective is to prepare the student for the 3rd Class Power Engineering Interprovincial Exam Part A, Paper 1 and 2. Theory Part B: The objective is to prepare the student for the 3rd Class Power Engineering Interprovincial Exam Part B, Paper 1 and 2. Practical training: The objectives are to prepare the student for the work force in the field of Power Engineering and to obtain work experience (firing time) to qualify to write Part B of the 3rd Class Power Engineering Interprovincial exams. The Alberta Boilers Safety Association will issue a 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st class Interprovincial Power Engineer's Certificate to a person who: 1. meets the prerequisites set forth in the Power Engineer's Regulations under the Alberta Safety Codes Act, and 2. passes the Alberta Boiler's Safety Association administered examinations. The student seeking proper training will enter into this field beginning at the 4th class level, then progress into the 3rd, 2nd and 1st class levels respectively.


Entrance Requirements: Grade 12 diploma with minimum of 65 per cent in English 20-1 or 20-2 (20 or 23), Math 20-1 or 20-2,or Math 20/23, Math 20 (Applied or Pure) and Physics 20, a valid Inter-Provincial 4th Class Power Engineering Certificate, high school transcripts and/or Portage College 4th Class Power Engineering certificate.


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Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2017/08/01 to 2018/07/31*.

  • Tuition $3,484.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,067.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,008.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Student Aid Alberta and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Elegibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated May 05, 2014. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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