Power Engineering Technology


Winter 2021 Update

Course Delivery Summary:

  • Year 1: Blended
  • Year 2: Blended

Theory courses in the program are well suited to online learning while others require lab work. Students should be prepared to visit Medicine Hat campus each week. 

Your active participation in COVID-19 prevention is important. Please visit the COVID page to learn about your responsibilities, how to access campus, and what to expect.


About the Program

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 with 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.

MHC is pleased to offer POWE 272 Advanced Applied Mechanics online. This advanced level applied mechanics course is designed to prepare students for the SOPEEC Second Class Part A Paper 1. Course material will be delivered via audio lectures and practice examples to ensure students understand the theory and develop the critical thinking skills necessary to be successful.

The online format offers the flexibility needed for individuals working in the field while studying to write the SOPEEC examinations. Students can apply for Fall [September –December] or Winter [January – April] semester intakes.

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
Even though a high school diploma is not required for program admission, some employers may require it.
Some courses related to this program are found here. Please see the academic calendar or this year's program planning guide for an up-to-date set of courses related to Power Engineering Technology.

Graduates of this program will find employment opportunities with: 

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

What is your education going to cost?

Our TUITION and FEES page provides a total cost estimate for your program including books and supplies and related expenses.

Looking for ways to help fund your education?

There are lots of options like student loans, scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding available.
Check out our FINANCIAL AID page for more information.

Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.

The ACADEMIC CALENDAR has official information on transfer options for each program.
Please consult the calendar or meet with an academic advisor for more information.

At MHC, we care about students and want to help you succeed.

As a student, there may be times when you require support. Our SERVICES page provides you with links to a number of campus supports including academic success, counselling and care, health and wellness, and many other resources.

Have you always wanted to study abroad?

Enhance your education, share in cultural diversity and embrace new experiences. Visit the INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY PROGRAM section to find out more.

Are you preparing for your 3rd class ABSA exams?

MHC is offering weekday prep courses for 3A and 3B ABSA exams in a classroom setting with experienced power engineering instructors.
Click here for the information postcard.