Power Engineering and Gas Processing

Power Eng and Gas Processing

Program Description

The 10 month Power Engineering and Gas Processing Program takes learners through 4th Class Power Engineering, 160 hours of firing time on the NLC Boiler, and all four levels of Gas Process Operations (GPO) entry-level program. On completion 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 is to provide the learner with the practical skills needed to function effectively in the industry.

Career Prospects

Opportunities exist in the local and regional industry for Power Engineers. Above average salaries are offered, as well as excellent working environments.

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: 1180 hours - Approximately 38 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 Orienation (eGSO) - NOTE: this requirement is currently under review - please contact NLC Admissions for more information

* 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.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. 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.
  3. The program is affiliated with the following:  Southern Alberta Institute of Technology; British Columbia Safety Authority; and Pan Global.
  4. 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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