Certificate in 4th Class Power Engineering

Power Eng and Gas Processing

Program Description

The 7 month Power Engineering Program takes learners through 4th Class Power Engineering and 210 hours of firing time on the NLC Boiler.  Upon completion students will qualify for the Technical Safety BC Examinations by successfully completing Parts A and B of the 4th Class Power Engineering component of the NLC program.

The focus is to provide the learner with the practical skills needed to function effectively in the industry.

Career Prospects

Entry Level Power Engineers work in a wide range of plant environments including power generation, chemical, petrochemical, pulp/paper/wood product, manufacturing, and food and beverage processing. They work in the utility plants of universities, hospitals, office buildings, and shopping malls, and at large-scale refrigeration and other industrial facilities.

Entry-level job functions can include operating product loading and storage systems; raw-water, demineralization and wastewater treatment systems; compressed gas and instrument-air systems; and cooling water systems. Job functions in smaller facilities will include greater and more varied systems responsibilities, but on smaller-capacity equipment. 


Location: Fort St. John Campus

Length: Approximately 27 weeks, 820 hours

Start: Please refer to the Trades and Apprenticeship intake schedule.

Fees: Current Fee Schedule 

Admission Prerequisites

Math – one of the following:

  • BC Pre-Calculus Math 11 or Pre-Calculus Math 12 with a minimum final grade of c+, or equivalent.
  • MATH 040 or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.

English – one of the following:

  • BC Language Arts 11 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
  • BC Language Arts 12 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
  • ENGL 040 or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
  • IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent English placement test and score.

Science – one of the following:

  • BC Grade 11 Physics or BC Grade 12 Physics with a minimum final grade of c+, or equivalent.
  • Physics 040 or higher with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.


ESTR 047 (Advanced-Level Essential Skills for Trades) with a minimum final grade of 67%.


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
  • An above average score (51/70; 6th Stanine) required for Mechanical Reasoning

and the NLC Trades Math Assessment with a score of 70% or higher

Based on the results of the assessment(s), applicants may be required to participate in an assessment interview to determine admissibility. Interviews may be conducted virtually if necessary.

Post-Admission Requirements:
After being accepted into the program but before the end of the add/drop period, students will be required to provide proof of the following certifications*:
• Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
• Occupational First Aid - Level 1
• H2S Alive
• Common Safety Orientation (CSO)
* All certificates must be valid for the duration 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.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. Students are required to have a computer (PC or laptop) with minimum computer requirements as listed on the NLC website (www.nlc.bc.ca/Services/Information-Technology/minPC).
  3. Footwear having CSA safety-toe protection, cold weather Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The program will provide the following: Hardhat, hearing protection, safety glasses and fire retardant coveralls.
  4. The program is affiliated with the following: Technical Safety BC and Pan Global.
  5. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide (effective Sept 2022) approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.

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Do you need more information?
Program Contact: trades@nlc.bc.ca


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