Programs & Courses

Power Engineering Technology

About This Program

For official information, please consult the MHC calendar. Download a program planning guide here (2014-2015) (2015-2016). Contact your academic advisor for previous program planning guides.

Power engineers supervise, operate and maintain machinery and boilers that provide power, heat, refrigeration and other utility services to industrial and commercial facilities. They are responsible for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of industrial equipment such as boilers, steam and gas turbines, generators, gas and diesel internal combustion engines, pumps, condensers, compressors, pressure vessels and related controls. In large industrial or building complexes, they may also be responsible for heating, air-conditioning, ventilation, refrigeration, fire systems and building control systems.  

Medicine Hat College offers a two-year Power Engineering Diploma program where students are taken to the second class level and able to write the first part of their second class exams upon graduation. This makes students more desirable to employers and opens the door to many more job options. Our power engineering building boasts a modern, state-of-the-art lab which provides an actual plant environment so that we can provide you with the practical experience required by leading companies.  

We also offer small lab groups, allowing you ample hands-on operating time. If you enjoy controlling and operating manual and automated systems, analyzing information and solving problems, and having clear rules and organized methods for your work, power engineering may be a good fit for you. People drawn to this field tend to have a mechanical and electrical aptitude, good eye-hand co-ordination and an ability to work well with others in a team environment.

The working conditions vary considerably, from being stationed in a control room environment, to power generating stations in industrial plants or buildings. Career satisfaction and excelling at one’s job are some of the greatest rewards in the field of power engineering. The job market is at a peak and in recent years students from our program have experienced a 95 percent employment rate upon graduation, and usually earn above average wages.  

Graduates of this program will find employment opportunities with: 

  • Building Complexes 
  • Gas Plants 
  • Oil Refineries 
  • Petrochemical Processing Plants 
  • Fertilizer Production 
  • Power Generating Plants

High School

High school diploma and a minimum 60% standing in

  • ELA 30-1
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 
  • Physics 30

Mature Student

  • ELA 30-1
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 
  • Physics 30
  • or approval of Program Coordinator or Dean

Even though a high school diploma is not required for program admission, some employers may require it. 

 

First Year
Block 1: 
PLAB 116  First Lab
PLAC 111  Field Placement*
POWE 141  Introductory Mechanics & Thermodynamics
POWE 142  Safety
POWE 143  Introduction to Boilers

Block 2: 
PLAB 117  Second Lab
POWE 146  Introductory Prime Movers & Types of Plants
POWE 147  Introductory Electricity and Instrumentation
POWE 148  Refridgeration and Air Conditioning

Block 3:   
PLAB 118  Third Lab
POWE 151  Intermediate Mechanics and Thermodynamics
POWE 152  Metallurgy
POWE 153  Codes and Drawings
POWE 154  Intermediate Electricity and Instrumentation

Second Year
Block 4: 
PLAB 219  Fourth Lab
POWE 260  Intermediate Boiler
POWE 261  Intermediate Prime Movers
POWE 262  Water Treatment & Special Equipment

Block 5:
POWE 265 Advanced Boilers
POWE 266 Advanced Pumps & Water Treatment

Block 6:
POWE 270  Advanced Codes
POWE 271  Plant Installation & Management
POWE 272  Advanced Mechanics

Block 7:  
POWE 280  Advanced Thermodynamics
POWE 281  Advanced Metallurgy

Students are responsible for: You are responsible for the cost of obtaining safety certification in Standard First Aid with CPR, H2S Alive, and Confined Space Entry before being eligible for PLAC 111 (Field Placement).  Copies of these safety certificates must be on file with the PLAC 111 instructor by the date stated in the course outline.

Power Engineering courses require a current version of PanGlobal Training System textbook sets for the 4th Class, 3rd Class and 2nd Class (Part A1, A2 & A3).

Students can purchase the required course PanGlobal Training System textbook sets through the MHC Bookstore by either in-store ordering or by e-mail MHCBookstore@mhc.ab.ca.

Graduation Requirements

To successfully complete this program you must:

  • Obtain a minimum grade of C- in all POWE and PLAB courses.
  • Achieve mandatory 80% attendance of all main Power Engineering courses to write or pass the course final exams, regardless of the grade.
  • Achieve mandatory 100% attendance in all lab courses (PLAB).

International Exchange Opportunities

You can explore short-term study abroad and student exchange opportunities in countries such as Japan, Korea, and Thailand. Visit the International Mobility Program section to find out more.

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