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At a glance
Power engineers operate and maintain reactors, turbines, boilers, generators, stationary engines and auxiliary equipment to generate electrical power and to provide heat, light, refrigeration and other utility services for commercial, industrial and institutional buildings and other work sites.
Power systems operators monitor and operate switchboards and related equipment in electrical control centres to control the distribution of electrical power in transmission networks.
They are employed in the following areas:
- power generation plants,
- electrical power utilities,
- manufacturing plants,
- hospitals, universities and
- government and commercial establishments.
Source: National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011, 9241 Power engineers and power systems operators
In Manitoba, as in other Canadian provinces and territories, most plants can only be operated under the supervision of a certified and licensed power engineer.
Inspection and Technical Services Manitoba (ITSM) oversees power engineer examinations and certification in Manitoba. In this role, ITSM enforces laws that apply to power engineers, including The Power Engineers Act and the Power Engineers Regulation40/92 (Regulation). These laws specify certification requirements that apply to power engineers in Manitoba.In Manitoba, we have the following classes of power engineer certificates:
- First Class
- Second Class
- Third Class
- Fourth Class
- Fifth Class
- Refrigeration Class
- Special Boiler Class
- Steam Traction Engine Class
Each certificate class, section 5 of the Regulation specifies what duties the certificate holder can perform. Section 3 of the Regulation defines the various classes of plants.
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The work environment of power engineers may vary depending on the company you work in.
Some engineers work from a central control room, from which they can monitor and operate the systems in the rest of the building. Others usually walk around, tending and operating machines by hand. They may work alone or as part of a team.
In your work environment, you may:
- work a 40-hour week or rotating 8-hour shifts in a 24 hour facility
- work weekend and holidays
- come into contact with dust, oil, and grease
- work with noisy and dangerous boilers and electrical systems which may cause burns or shocks if you're not careful
- be exposed to hazardous materials such as asbestos and other chemicals
- working in confined spaces, such as inside boilers, or at great heights
- need to be able to lift heavy objects
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Essential Skills Profiles
The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).
According to jobbank.gc.ca, and their Labour Market Information for Manitoba, they list low, medium, and high wages for Power Engineers as the following:
|LOW WAGE||MEDIUM WAGE||HIGH WAGE|
|$19.69/ hour (average in MB)||$27.04/ hour (average in MB)||$42.79/ hour (average in MB)|
|$21.00/ hour in Winnipeg||$27.00/ hour in Winnipeg||$36.41/ hour in Winnipeg|
If you are still in high school, here are some suggested subject areas to study that could help prepare you for further training in this field. Please check if these courses are available at your school and/or whether they will meet your graduation requirements. Some examples may include the following:
- Science, Chemistry, Physics
- Computers, Technology, Electronics & Communications Technology
- Business & Management
To become a Power Engineer or Power Engineering Technician n Manitoba, you must study Power Engineering Technology or a related field. You can study this program at the following post-secondary institutions:
|Assiniboine Community College (ACC)
Power Engineering (4th Class)
|1 Year, Certificate
|Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT)
Power Engineering Technician (4th Class)
|8 Months, Certificate
+ Write Fourth Class provincial exams
|Red River College (RRC)||Two Year Diploma