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POPR 201 - Fourth Class Power Engineering Part B
Course Details
Course Code:
POPR 201

Calendar Description:
Part B of Power Engineering examines the different components, systems, and controls involved in proper boiler operation. Topics include engines, pumps and compressors, electricity, instrumentation, heating and refrigeration systems, and air conditioning. Boiler maintenance and plant types will also be studied in detail.

Date First Offered:

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

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:

POPR 200: Fourth Class Power Engineering Part A

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:


Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:
Prime Movers and Engines
- Heat engines, prime mover terminology
- Simple steam engine: construction, details, operation and maintenance, lubrication
- Steam turbines: construction, impulse, reaction, governing, overspeed trip, lubrication, start-up, operation, shut-down
- Cooling towers, condensers
- Basic gas turbines: construction, applications, open cycle, regeneration, steam and gas turbine plants
- Internal combustion engines: construction, working cycles, fuels, lubrication, start-up, operation, shut-down

Pumps and Compressors
- Pumps
- Pumping theory
- Pump operation and maintenance
- Reciprocating pumps: simplex, duplex, valves, drivers
- Centrifugal pumps: volute, diffusers, impellers, wear rings, seals, packing, start-up operation and shut-down
- Turbine pump, rotary pump
- Air compression
- Theory, altitude, barometers
- Reciprocating compressors: construction, stages, cooling components, valves, control, lubrication and operation
- Axial: construction, components, lubrication and operation
- Systems: receivers, intercoolers, aftercoolers, driers, moisture, safety devices

- Lubrication: principles, lubricants, classes, viscosities, applications, systems
- Bearing lubrication: operation, maintenance, failure

- Electrical: terms, properties, measurement and calculations
- Power and work
- Magnetism and electromagnetism
- Electrical metering devices; voltmeters, ammeters, wattmeters
- Conductors, insulators
- Motors and generators: AC and DC, operation
- Transformers
- Electrical distribution circuits, breakers, switches, fuses
- Safe operation

Controls, Instrumentation and Computers
- Instrumentation terms and definitions
- Methods of process measurement
- Basic control loop components
- Basic boiler instrumentation and control systems, gauges
- Low water fuel cut-offs, mercury switch, thermocouples
- Boiler programming controls
- Types of computers: principles, software programs, languages, applications, components
- Introductory process computer concepts
- Input and output devices, data recording and storage

Heating Boilers
- Watertube and tubular heating boilers
- Cast iron sectional and modular heating boilers
- Firetube heating boilers
- Oil and gas burners for heating boilers
- Steam heating boiler fittings attachments and auxiliaries
- Hot water heating boilers: fittings, attachments
- Hot water and steam heating boiler operation and maintenance
- Cleaning, inspection, pay up, safety

Heating Systems
- Steam heating auxiliaries: radiators, convectors, unit heaters, coils, ventilators, air vents, valves, traps, vacuum pumps
- Steam heating systems: operations and maintenance
- Hot water heating auxiliaries: pumps, controls, valves, expansion tanks, converters, radiant panels, snow melt
- Hot water heating systems, operation and maintenance
- Warm air heating system equipment
- Warm air furnace components and maintenance: furnaces, humidifiers, air distribution, trouble shooting
- Ventilation and air filters
- Infrared and electric heating

Heating Boiler and Heating System Controls
- Heating boiler feedwater controls
- Heating boiler operating controls
- Heating boiler combustion controls
- Pneumatic controls for heating systems
- Electric controls for heating systems
- Electronic controls for heating systems, indoor, outdoor, multizone, advantages, disadvantages
- Auxiliary building systems
- Lighting systems, principles, units, incandescent, fluorescent
- Building water supply systems, operation and maintenance, hot water heaters
- Controls and protection, trouble shooting
- Sanitary drainage systems, maintenance
- Snow melt systems
- Vapour compression refrigeration
- Safety, CSA B-52
- Thermodynamics of refrigeration
- Properties of refrigerants
- Compression refrigeration systems, components, auxiliaries, relief devices
- Refrigeration compressor components
- Heat exchangers for Refrigeration systems
- Refrigeration metering devices and capacity controls
- Refrigeration cycle controls
- Refrigeration accessories
- Compression refrigeration system pre start-up checks, procedures
- Compression refrigeration system operation and maintenance, testing, charging, surging, trouble shooting

Absorption Refrigeration
- Absorption refrigeration systems, components, auxiliaries
- Absorption refrigeration system operation and maintenance

Air Conditioning
- Psychrometric properties of air
- Applications of the psychrometric chart and comfort conditions
- Fans for air distribution systems
- Air conditioning duct systems
- Coil types
- Coil operation
- Humidification, dehumidification

Air Conditioning Systems
- Unitary and central air conditioning systems
- Combined air conditioning systems: components, auxiliaries, operation, maintenance
- Air conditioning heat recovery systems
- Air conditioning system controls
- Heat gains and losses in buildings, system components, auxiliaries

Boiler Maintenance
- Powerhouse maintenance - hand and power tools
- Powerhouse maintenance - ladders, scaffolding and hoisting
- Powerhouse maintenance - ropes, cables, and fasteners
- Boiler maintenance, refractory, tubes, stays, safety valves
- Boiler cleaning, inspection, testing, lay up, welder qualification

Types of Plants
- Hot oil systems, components, auxiliaries, operation, maintenance
- Gas plant and pulp mill processes, equipment, operation, safety
- Steam related oil, food, and sawmill processes

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

- Describe prime movers and engines
- Describe pumping theory and pump maintenance
- Apply air compressor theory
- Describe lubrication principles and applications
- Summarize electrical terms, properties, and principles
- Analyze relevant system controls, instrumentation and computers
- Identify and understand various heating boiler
- Explain specialized heating systems
- Explain and demonstrate the use of heating boiler, heating system controls
- Identify auxiliary building systems
- Describe operation of vapor compression refrigeration systems
- Describe operation of absorption refrigeration systems

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 B 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 & Supplment (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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