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Power Engineering and Gas Processing
Power Eng and Gas Processing

Program Description

An entry-level program that provides graduates with training in 4th Class Power Engineering, 160 hours of firing time on the NLC Boiler, and all four levels of Gas Process Operations (GPO). Students will qualify for the BC Safety Authority Provincial Examinations by successfully completing Parts A and B of the 4th Class Power Engineering component of the program.

The focus of the program is to provide students with the practical skills needed to function effectively in the industry. This program is driven by the needs of the oil, gas, pulping, and other industries requiring 4th Class Power Engineer certification.

Career Prospects

A wide range of plant environments including power generation, chemical, petrochemical, pulp/paper/wood product, manufacturing, food and beverage processing, utility plants of universities, hospitals, office buildings, and shopping malls, and at large-scale refrigeration and other industrial facilities.


Location: Fort St. John Campus

Length: 40 weeks

Start: September

Fees: Current Fee Schedule 

Admission Prerequisites

Provide British Columbia secondary school transcripts or equivalent indicating successful completion of Grade 11 level that includes:

  • Grade 11 English with 67 per cent (C+) or higher, or Career and College Preparation ENGL040 (Advanced/Grade 11);
  • Grade 11 Math (Pre-Calculus, Applications, or Principles) with 67 per cent (C+) or higher, or Career and College Preparation MATH040 (Advanced/Grade 11); and
  • Grade 11 Physics (or equivalent);
  • All with 67 per cent (C+) or higher.


Complete the following sections of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):

  • Reading Comprehension: 12.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Number Operations: 12.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Problem Solving: 12.0 grade equivalent or higher
  • Mechanical Reasoning: 51/70 (6th Stanine) or higher
  • Trades Math Assessment: 70 per cent or higher


  • Complete the Basic Math and Physical Sciences: Problems and Solutions Workbook prior to the start of classes. Students will be tested within the first week of classes.

Dual Credit

  • Grade 11 level completion that includes Grade 11 English, Grade 11 Math (Pre-Calculus), and Grade 11 Physics (or equivalent), all with 67 per cent (C+) or higher..


  • Complete the Basic Math and Physical Sciences: Problems and Solutions Workbook prior to the start

Post-Admission Requirements:

After being accepted into the program but before the add/drop date students will be required to provide proof of the following certifications:

  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
  • Occupational First Aid - Level 1
  • H2S Alive
  • Electronic General Safety Orientation (eGSO)

* All certificates must be from an approved source, and valid for the term of the Program. Failure to provide proof may result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
  2. Safety equipment (CSA approved steel toe boots and glasses), and cold weather personal protective equipment must be provided by the student.
  3. Students must provide an approved laptop. Specifications available once accepted to the program from the Admissions Officer or Instructor.
  4. The program is affiliated with the following:  Southern Alberta Institute of Technology; British Columbia Safety Authority; and Pan Global.
  5. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.

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Do you need more information?

Associate Dean: Robert McAleney

Apprenticeship Contact: Department   

Instructor: Matt Sebulsky


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