Power Engineering Technology (Co-op)

CampusStart Date
Saint JohnSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Power Engineering Technicians are energy experts. They plan and solve problems in mills, power plants, oil production and many other industries. You'll learn how to design, produce and install power equipment and systems, and how to operate boilers, electrical generators and plant auxiliaries. We offer work experiences to practice your engineering, thermodynamic, applied mechanics, and electro-technology skills. Specialized knowledge in power engineering offers many possible career settings, including: hospitals, breweries, oil sands, and hotels.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
    • Pre-calculus 110
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112
      • Total of two (2) sciences, including at least one (1) from the following:
        • Biology 112 or 122
        • Chemistry 112 or 122
        • Physics 112 or 122

      (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

      Career Possibilities

      Graduates who successfully complete this program may be employed in modern nuclear and conventional power plants, pulp and paper mills, oil production and refining, food and fish processing industries, marine industries, municipal treatment plants, and government inspection services.

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      NOC Codes

      7351 - Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators

      What you will learn

      • Power Systems
      • Thermodynamics
      • Fluid Handling Systems - Fluid Mechanics
      • Strength of Materials
      • Rotating Electrical Machines
      • Electro-Technology
      • Troubleshooting Procedures
      • Communication
      • Mathematics
      • Engineering Economics and Management
      • Sciences
      • Safety
      • Computers

      Specific Considerations

      Many universities give credit for courses completed in this program; however, assessment is normally completed on an individual basis. NOTE: It is recommended that applicants participate in a standardized aptitude test. Eligibility for co-op and employment opportunities is determined on the basis of these scores for certain employers. Though this is offered as a co-op program, there are limited seats available with this option. Co-op seats will be determined at the beginning of second year. The co-op option is only available at NBCC Saint John Campus.


      Organization: The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT)
      Accreditation Period: 2010
      Information: The Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) nationally accredits this program at the technologist level.

      Organization: Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE)
      Accreditation Period:
      Information: The Power Engineering Technology Program has received accreditation from the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) for a period of six years.

      External Certifications

      Power Engineering Technology (Co-op) graduates may have an opportunity to acquire the following external certifications upon meeting the external agencies certification requirements and paying any required fees to the external agency:

      Institution: Standardization of Power Engineer Examinations Committee (SOPEEC)
      External Certification: Power Engineering Technology Co-op - SOPEEC
      Information: Upon successful completion of the first year courses, students may challenge the SOPEEC examination for 4th Class Power Engineers in New Brunswick. Upon successful completion of the second year courses, graduates may challenge the SOPEEC examination for 3rd Class Power Engineers in New Brunswick. Graduates who are successful on 4th and 3rd class examinations will be eligible to write the SOPEEC examination for Part "A" 2nd Class Power Engineers in New Brunswick.

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