Power Engineering Technology (Optional Co-op)

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Saint JohnSeptember 2023 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Power Engineering Technologists 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 or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma
    • 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
      International Student Admission 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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      Specific Considerations

      Many universities give credit for courses completed in this program; however, assessment is normally completed on an individual basis.

      Technology Requirements
      NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

      Areas of Study

      • 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

      Course curriculum for this program is still under development. Once the courses have been finalized, they will be posted here. Courses are subject to change.

      NOC Codes

      9241 - Power engineers and power systems operators


      Organization: Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL)
      Accreditation Period:
      Information: This program has been accredited by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) for a period of six years.

      Organization: Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB)
      Accreditation Period:
      Information: Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) nationally accredits this program at the technician level.

      Articulation Agreements

      Institution: University of New Brunswick Saint John - Faculty of Business
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Bachelor of Applied Management Degree
      NBCC graduates of any 2 year diploma program with a GPA of 70% or greater receive 2 years full credit toward this degree and will be eligible to enter year 3 of the 4 year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) program.


      Institution: Cape Breton University
      Articulation Period:
      Information: Bachelor of Engineering Technology.
      NBCC graduates must complete 36 credits of course work.  This can be done on-line, in class or a combination - minimum 2 semesters.

      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)
      Information: Power Engineering Technology graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to potentially attain provincial certification from New Brunswick Technical Inspection Services as a third class power engineer.

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