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Power Engineering Technology

Power Engineering Technology

Prepare to meet technical demands and take responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of a variety of plant and building systems.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Akerley Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Seats available
Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class Seats available


Breweries, dairies, refineries, thermal generating stations, pulp and paper plants, hospitals, universities, rinks and refrigeration plants – these are just some of the major industries that rely on a Power Engineer to safely operate and maintain their power equipment. Your training in this field prepares you for the technical demands of and responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of a wide variety of facilities: power, high- and low-pressure steam systems, refrigeration, natural gas and air compressor plants.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Math and Academic Grade 11 Physics.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • Advanced Standing – Students who have achieved Power Engineer 4th Class certification are eligible for advanced standing. To be considered, you must apply to and meet the Admission Requirements for the Power Engineering Technology program. Advanced Standing is based on academic credits (certificate/diploma/ degree/industry certification) completed from a recognized public institution within the past ten years that meet the Academic Requirements of the full first year of the program. Advanced Standing is subject to seat availability.
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic and Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
  • A current, official Criminal Record check is required to complete work placements (such as field work, internships, co-ops) in this program. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Work placements are scheduled in the spring term of both first and second year. Employers, as co-educators, provide learning opportunities beyond the bounds of the classroom, giving you a well-rounded education, enriched by practical application.
  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • After successfully challenging Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education Technical Safety Division certification, graduates may find employment in various boiler plants, thermal power generating stations, processing plants, pulp and paper plants, oil refineries, breweries, industrial plants, as well as heating and air conditioning plants found in hospitals, universities and schools.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Power Engineering trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • Requirements for eligibility to write the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education Technical Safety Division 3rd and 4th class examinations:
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Industrial safety standards require that you have adequate vision and colour perception to operate safely, in the shop and in the occupational field, while performing tasks of the trade.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1250   Plant Communications I
COMM 1251   Plant Communications II
COMM 2245   Technical Communications II
PETG 1008   Power Operations and Maintenance Lab I
PETG 1066   Prime Movers, Lube, Maintenance
PETG 1067   Math, Mechanics and Thermodynamics
PETG 1070   Power Operations and Maintenance Lab II
PETG 1072   Electricity, Instrumentation, Plants
PETG 1074   Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
PETG 1075   Power Operations and Maintenance Lab III
PETG 1076   Applied Mechanics
PETG 1077   Thermodynamics and Applied Science
PETG 1078   Safety, Codes, Combustion, Piping
PETG 1079   Electrotechnology
PETG 1081   Power Operations and Maintenance Lab IV
PETG 1082   Boilers
PETG 1083   Boiler Operations, Water Treatment, Pumps, Welding
PETG 1084   Prime Movers
PETG 1085   Air Compression, Refrigeration, Auxiliary Systems
PETG 1086   Work Experience II
PETG 1087   High Pressure Boilers I
PETG 1088   High Pressure Boilers II
PETG 1089   Safety, Codes, Environment
PETG 1100   Work Experience
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

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