Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Power Engineering

The comprehensive one-year certificate in power engineering technology gives you the skills needed for fourth-class Power Engineering Certification through Technical Safety BC. Once qualified, you can find work as a fourth-class power engineer.

Power engineers work in commercial facilities that rely on small boilers such as hospitals, schools and high-rise buildings. They also work in industrial facilities using large boilers such as pulp mills, sawmills, power generation stations, petrochemical plants and mines. Power engineers control and maintain the operation of steam boilers, refrigeration systems and auxiliary equipment such as pumps, compressors, steam turbines, electrical generators, cooling towers and water treatment systems.

Course length: 40 weeks
Education requirements
  • Placement on the Entry Assessment Test for Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills 75, Arithmetic 65 & Algebra 40 and Sentence skills 70.
General requirements
  • Canadian citizenship, or landed immigrant status
  • Students must supply own coveralls, boots, safety glasses, and gloves
Documentation requirements
  • Proof of citizenship or landed immigrant status required if applicant not born in Canada
  • Proof of successful reading and math pre-test results
Pre-test schedule

To arrange for the Accuplacer test contact the TRU Assessment Centre at 250-828-5470. Arrangements can be made for out-of-town applicants to write the pre-test at an authorized testing centre in their community.


We are currently taking applications for the 2019/20 academic year. Please contact us for more information.

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