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POPR 200 - Fourth Class Power Engineering Part A
Course Details
Course Code:
POPR 200

Calendar Description:
Part A of Power Engineering examines mathematics, mechanics, and safety as they apply to plant and boiler operation. Topics include an in depth look at the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Act, mechanical drawings, boiler design, boiler parts and fittings, and feedwater treatment.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 250
Lecture Hours: 100
Seminars and Tutorials: 150

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:

Admission into the Power Engineering and Gas Processing Program

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:


Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:
Applied Mathematics
- S.I. units
- Basic mathematical operations, fractions, decimals and percentages
- Ratio and proportion
- Simple algebra
- Mensuration, length, lines and simple plane figures
- Areas and volumes

Elementary Mechanics and Dynamics
- Mechanical properties
- Moments and forces
- Simple machines
- Mechanical advantage
- Scalars and vectors
- Linear velocity and acceleration
- Force and work
- Pressure
- Power and energy
- Friction
- Stress and strain
- Factor of safety
- Power transmission

Elementary Thermodynamics
- Basic thermodynamic concepts
- Temperature and thermal expansion
- Specific, sensible and latent heat
- Thermodynamics of steam
- Steam tables
- Interpolation
- Basic chemical and physical properties

Mechanical Drawings and Administration
- Mechanical drawing fundamentals
- Various views
- Drawing instruments
- Writing fundamentals: sentence, paragraph and memo composition

British Columbia Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety Act
- The Act and regulations under the Act
- Codes: ASME Section VI Recommended Rules for the Care and Operation of Heating Boilers
ASME Section VII Recommended Rules for the Care and Operation of Power Boilers
CSA Standard B-51Construction and Inspection of Boilers and Pressure Vessels
CSA Standard B-52 Mechanical Refrigeration Code

Workplace Hazardous Materials
- Classification of controlled products
- Labelling of controlled products
- Materials safety data sheets
Plant Safety
- Costs and effects of workplace injuries
- Personal protective equipment
- Isolation of mechanical and electrical equipment
- Confined space entry
- Handling of gases and hydrocarbon fluids
- Hydrogen sulphide safety
- First aid, CPR and artificial respiration
- Safety Committees

Plant Fire Protection
- Fire fundamentals and procedures
- Fires and extinguishing methods
- Portable fire extinguishers: construction and operation
- Electrical fires

- Environmental terms and definitions
- Gas and noise pollution
- Solid and liquid pollution
- Potential environmental impact of liquids
- Potential environmental impact of vapours
- Potential environmental impact of operating facilities

Material and Welding
- Engineering materials: selection, properties
- Heat treatment and case hardening
- Fabrication and welding methods
- Welding processes and electrode use and selection
- Welding terms and inspection
- Welder qualifications

Piping and Valves
- Materials: sizes and identification
- Piping, pipe fittings and connections
- Expansion joints, bends, supports, hangers and insulation
- Drainage: separators, traps, water hammer
- Valve types: construction and application

High Pressure Boiler Design
- Development of boiler design
- Boiler terminology
- Firetube boilers: construction, stays, tubes, tube sheets, shell
- Watertube boilers: construction, drums and walls
- Electric boilers
- Boiler construction: support, suspension, refractory

High Pressure Boiler Parts and Fittings
- Combustion theory, composition of fuel, fuel heating value
- Boiler draft equipment: natural, forced, induced, balanced
- Boiler combustion equipment: coal, oil and gas burners, and safety
- Fluidised bed and grate systems
- Safety and relief valves
- Water columns and gage glasses
- Steam drum internals
- Superheaters, reheaters, economizers, air heaters
- Insulation

High Pressure Boiler Operation
- Boiler prestart, start-up, operation and shut-down
- Emergency boiler operation
- Soot blowers
- Continuous and intermittent blowdown
- Chemical and mechanical cleaning, boil out and lay-up
- Hydrostatic testing, inspection, safety precautions
- Cause and prevention of boiler furnace explosions

Feedwater Treatment
- External feedwater treatment, filtration, lime soda and zeolite softeners, deaeration
- Internal feedwater treatment and testing
- Knowledge and control of: pH, sludge, scale, foaming, caustic embrittlement, blow-down and corrosion

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

- Describe plant safety and fire protection systems
- Describe environmental protection as it relates to power engineering
- Explain the act and regulations as they apply to power engineers
- Demonstrate basic understanding of piping materials and welding applications as it relates to power engineering
- Identify high pressure boiler parts and fittings
- Explain high pressure boiler operation and feedwater treatment
- Understand and explain high pressure boiler design
- Use applied mathematics, mechanics, and thermodynamics
- Interpret mechanical drawings and plant administration techniques
- Identify and use workplace hazardous materials in a safe manner

Demonstrate a firm understanding of safety and plant practices

Strong teamwork skills

Troubleshooting skills

Demonstrate mechanical aptitude

Grading System:

Passing Grade:

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 70 %
Quizzes and Tests: 30 %

Percentage of Individual Work:

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Additional Comments:
Students are required to sign and adhere to the Trades and Apprenticeship Safety and Attendance Policy.

If a student fails to obtain the pass mark on the final exam, the student will be allowed one supplementary exam. The successful completion of the supplementary exam would allow a student to pass with a grade no higher than 70%.

A minimum of 70% on the final exam is required to write Part A of the BC Safety Authority 4th Class Power Engineering Interprovincial Exam

Textbooks and personal protective equipment (safety glasses, steel-toed boots, gloves, and fire retardant coveralls).

Keys to Success:
Attendance, class participation, maintaining a professional attitude, successful study habits, and receiving a minimum of 70% in the course.

Text Books:

Required - S. Bailey, 2007, Basic Math and Physical Sciences: Problems and Solutions Workbook (Pan Global). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Province of BC, 2003, BC Safety Authority Act (Queen's Printer). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Pan Global, 2007, Pan Global ASME Academic Extract & Suuplement (Pan Global). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Pan Global, 2007, Power Engineering 4th Class Textbook (Pan Global). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Pan Global, 2007, Power Engineering 4th Class Workbook (Pan Global). Chapters Covered: All
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