POPR 150 - 4th Class Power Engineering Part A

Part A of the Power Engineering program examines mathematics, mechanics, and safety as they apply to plant and boiler operations. 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.


Hours: 270 (Lecture Hours: 150; Seminars and Tutorials: 120)


Admission into the Power Engineering and Gas Processing Program


Non-Course Prerequisites:
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).




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


Grading System: Percentage


Passing Grade: 70%


Text Books: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.