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.


Duration

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


Admission Requirements

    Profile I

  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
    • Pre-calculus 110
      or
      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


      Program Courses

      This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

      This is a first year technology course that develops competencies in both DC and AC electrical theory and circuit applications. Topics discussed include: Ohm’s law, Kirchoff’s laws, voltage, current, impedance, power, sine waves, series circuit characteristics, parallel circuit characteristics, combination circuit characteristics, electromagnetic induction, mutual inductance, and transformers. This course contains a practical component that will involve the use of electrical measuring devices such as multi-meters and oscilloscopes.

      Completion of this course prepares for advanced studies in electrical machines and control circuits that require fundamental knowledge of electrical theory and the ability to properly operate circuit measurement devices.

      This course is designed to provide students with an awareness of fuels and the combustion process. Students study the chemistry of combustion and analyze exhaust gases.

      This course is designed to introduce students to the CANDU cycle and other nuclear reactor types.

      Students will learn to write a variety of technical documents and business correspondence suitable to a specific audience and purpose as well as learn how to conduct research and document sources.

      This course introduces students to ethical principles and codes of conduct applicable to professional practices. The subject of ethics is a requirement of many accredited programs. Therefore, successful completion of Professional Ethics is a graduation requirement for engineering technology programs.

      This course is designed to apply the principles of fluid mechanics (static and dynamic), to practical engineering problems.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1089

      This course focuses on the instrumentation and controls components. The following topics are covered: process measurement of temperature, level, pressure and flow, automatic control system characteristics and operation, open, closed and combination loops, control modes (two position, proportional, integral, derivative), diagrams, and boiler feed water control systems (specific to Power Engineering Technology).

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1033

      This course focuses on the integration of basic control theory so the student can optimize boiler control systems. The course objectives satisfy the requirements for the SOPECC 2nd Class Power Engineer qualification.

      Prerequisites:

      • ICCI1000
      • PMOI1010

      This course is designed to introduce to the student the binary numbering system and the concept and applications of digital logic circuits.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1033

      This course introduces students to the fundamentals of materials and testing.

      This course provides students with a sound mathematical foundation in preparation to higher level mathematics (calculus) and other technology courses.

      This course provides students with the ability to solve applied mechanics problems including dimensional and vector analysis, moments, centroids, friction, work, energy and power.

      Prerequisites:

      • MATH1089

      This course is designed to develop basic skills for the analysis of uniformly accelerated linear and rotational motion, simple machines, and power transmission.

      Prerequisites:

      • MPMI1015E

      This course will introduce students to job search techniques.

      This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

      This course is designed to enhance the student’s analytical and evaluative skills. Through addressing daily kinds of assertions and arguments, and challenging the underlying assumptions and fallacies in other's arguments by critical thinking, the students will be better equipped to make decisions, and to logically form assertions and arguments of their own.

      This course is designed to develop knowledge and skill relating to AC Power Theory as well as DC Machine Theory and Operation. Topics include 3-phase power, meters and measurement, transformers, Faraday’s Laws and DC motors and generators. Lab work matched to course work is a key component of this course.

      Completion of this course prepares the student for studies in Power Industry System concepts as well as AC machines applied to industry.

      Prerequisites:

      • BEEB1033

      This is designed to develop knowledge and skill in AC machine theory (motor and alternator) and its application in electric power and other industrial settings. Topics include induction motors, synchronous motors and alternators, as well as key concepts in power system design and application. Lab work matched to course work is a key component of this course.

      Prerequisites:

      • PHYS1014C

      This course covers the fundamentals of thermodynamics, in particular for calculations involving steam. Students are prepared for the Standardization of Power Engineer's Examination Committee (SOPEEC) examination. SOPEEC’s mandate is to encourage and promote a uniform national standard of qualification, examination and certification for Power Engineering that will meet the needs of industry and safety.

      This course covers the fundamentals of thermodynamics, in particular for calculations involving gases. Students are prepared for the Standardization of Power Engineer's Examination Committee (SOPEEC) examination. SOPEEC’s mandate is to encourage and promote a uniform national standard of qualification, examination and certification for Power Engineering that will meet the needs of industry and safety.

      This course is designed to develop further skills and knowledge in the area of thermodynamics as applied in power engineering. (This course is required in order to satisfy New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education and Training specifications of Power Engineers in New Brunswick.)

      Prerequisites:

      • PHYS1017
      • PHYS1016

      This course explores the theory and practice of thermodynamics as it relates to power engineering.

      Prerequisites:

      • PHYS1018

      This course is designed to provide students with an awareness of the role of and opportunities for power engineers in industry . Students submit a formal, researched report and make a formal oral presentation on an approved technical topic related to their program of studies. Participation and attendance are mandatory.

      Prerequisites:

      • PMOI1011

      Students learn the skills essential to the operation and maintenance of boiler plants. This course is required in order to satisfy New Brunswick Department of Public Safety Technical Inspection Services specifications for 4th Class Power Engineers examination in New Brunswick.

      Prerequisites:

      • PMOI1008

      This course is unique in that its many objectives introduced on the first day carry through to the last day of Power Theory for 3rd Class Power Engineer. The course builds on concepts introduced in the first power lab course and introduces students to working with steam turbines.

      Prerequisites:

      • PMOI1003D
      • PMOI1008

      This course provides a hands on industrial environment that allows the student to apply theory to safe plant operation. This course meets the training specifications specified by the SOPEEC (Standardization of Power Engineer Examination Committee) in Canada. This course is also required to satisfy the New Brunswick Department of Public Safety Technical Inspection Services specifications for 3rd Class Power Engineers in New Brunswick.

      Prerequisites:

      • PMOI1020

      This course is designed to further equip the students with the practical operation of power plant systems and auxiliaries. This course also offers students the opportunity to contribute to the commissioning of a new heating plant.

      Prerequisites:

      • PMOI1010
      • PMOI1005I

      This course is designed to provide an enriched industrial environment in order for the student to couple hands-on operation with classroom theory. This course is required in order to satisfy SOPEEC specifications for Power engineers in New Brunswick.

      Prerequisites:

      • PMOI1011
      • PMOI1006

      This course is unique in that its many objectives introduced on the first day carry through to the last day of Power Theory for 3rd Class Power Engineer.

      Prerequisites:

      • PMOI1003D

      This course is unique in that it many objectives introduced on the first day carry through to the last day of Power Theory for 3rd Class Power Engineer. The course builds on concepts introduced in the first power theory course.

      Prerequisites:

      • PMOI1008
      • PMOI1003D

      This is a second year Power Engineering Technology course that develops competencies in water treatment, prime movers, and lubrication. This course depends on skills developed in previous course work. Topics include: Water chemistry and analysis Chemistry fundamentals Corrosion principles Boiler water pre-treatment Boiler water internal treatment Steam turbines Gas turbines Internal combustion engines Lubrication This course meets the training specifications specified by the SOPEEC (Standardization of Power Engineer Examination Committee) in Canada. This course is also required in order to satisfy New Brunswick Department of Public Safety Technical Inspection Services specifications for 3rd Class Power Engineers in New Brunswick.

      Prerequisites:

      • PMOI1020

      This course is designed to further equip the students with the theory involved in the operation of power plant systems and auxiliaries. The course objectives satisfy the requirements for the SOPECC 2nd Class Power Engineer qualification.

      Prerequisites:

      • PMOI1010
      • PMOI1005I

      This course describes the applicable codes and legislation that apply to the operation of pressure vessels. The course objectives satisfy the requirements for the SOPECC 2nd Class Power Engineer qualification.

      Prerequisites:

      • PMOI1011
      • PMOI1006

      This industrial attachment provides an industrial exposure in order to satisfy the provincial government's specifications for Power Engineers in New Brunswick. It is an opportunity for students to gain practical experience through employment in industry. As employees, students will perform duties typically assigned to entry level power engineer technicians and are expected to make substantial and intensive efforts to complete the tasks assigned. They are also expected to conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner, while adhering to the hours of work, dress code, security and confidentiality requirements, policies and practices in effect at the employer’s site.

      This practicum provides an industrial exposure in order to satisfy New Brunswick Department of Training and Employment Development specifications for Power Engineers in New Brunswick. It is an opportunity for students to gain practical experience through employment in industry. As employees, students will perform duties typically assigned to entry level Power Engineer and are expected to make a substantial and intensive effort to complete the tasks assigned. They are also expected to conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner, while adhering to the hours of work, dress code, security and confidentiality requirements, policies and practices in effect at the employer’s site.

      Prerequisites:

      • PMOI1020

      This course provides industrial exposure in order to satisfy New Brunswick Department of Training and Employment Development specifications for Power Engineers in New Brunswick. It is an opportunity for students to gain practical experience through employment in industry. As employees, students will perform duties typically assigned to entry level Power Engineer and are expected to make a substantial and intensive effort to complete the tasks assigned. They are also expected to conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner, while adhering to the hours of work, dress code, security and confidentiality requirements, policies and practices in effect at the employer’s site.

      Prerequisites:

      • PMOI1022

      The course focus on preparing the student to write SOPEEC A-2 examinations for power engineers. The course includes a review of the relevant material as well as a variety of practice exercises and other review activities.

      This course provides students with the ability to produce neat, free-hand orthographic projections of pipes and other simple objects.

      This course is designed to introduce students to the practices and procedures of project management. An emphasis is placed on time, cost, personnel and communication aspects of project management.

      Prerequisites:

      • SAAL1502
      • MATH1089

      This course provides students with a general knowledge of refrigeration principles, systems, equipment, and also gives a basic introduction to the principles of heating, ventilation and air conditioning as applied to human comfort control, equipment selection and operation. In particular, it will prepare students for relevant questions on the SOPEEC examinations.

      This course provides students with the basic fundamentals of using computer-aided drafting commercial software, AutoCAD.

      This course teaches students how to develop reports, spreadsheets, and presentations using computer applications, and to use the internet for basic research in a network environment. The course is instructor led in a classroom or lab environment and requires the completion of several assignments and tests. Students taking this course are expected to have prior knowledge and competence in using the basic functions of a personal computer and its operating system including the following: manage and organize files/directories/folders/email; copy, move and delete files/directories/folders/email and; demonstrate the ability to work with desktop icons and to manipulate windows.

      A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.


      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.


      Accreditations

      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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