FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS POE3F-DP Power Engineering Technology (3rd Class)

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  • 1-year laddered diploma
  • August entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg

Expand your knowledge in Power Engineering. Build upon your 4th class license and study the theoretical as well as practical boiler applications.

Through theory and practical training, you will learn about the operation and maintenance of boilers, refrigeration systems, HVAC systems and other process components.

Upon successful completion of the course requirements you may challenge the Province of Manitoba licensing exams at the Third Class levels.

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.
The college requires transcripts verifying your complete academic history including any public or private high school, college, university, or technical institute you have attended.


Upload Through Your Future Student Account

  • Scan your document(s) and save the file. Ensure you keep your original documents as the College may request to see them at any time.
  • Go to apply.rrc.ca and log in.
  • Click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents.

If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 15 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1.            Power Engineering 4th Class Certificate
    • Submit proof of successful completion of or enrolment in a Power Engineering Technology 4th Class Certificate program
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.


      Interprovincial Power Engineering 4th Class License
    • Submit your Interprovincial Power Engineering 4th Class License

  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Answer this question to determine if you meet this program’s ELRs:
      Have I successfully completed 3 years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
      • If YES, you meet English language requirements.  Apply and then submit your transcripts* for review
      • If NO, submit proof of meeting an ELRs option.  If you choose the English language assessment option, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but you did not graduate high school, submit your transcripts* for review.
    • * If your transcripts are from the USA or an ELR exempt country, we will assess an International Credentials Assessment Fee to be paid before your transcripts will be reviewed.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

Only Duolingo English Test scores that have been verified through the Duolingo English Test Portal will be accepted.

IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Please Note: 3 year expiry date for Nursing Program Applicants
LSI (Language Studies International)
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
Password Skills (An in person English Language Assessment hosted by RRC Polytech)
This in-person, computer-based test is composed of four test modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test takes 3 hours and 5 minutes to complete and is conducted in two parts. The first part assesses reading, listening, and writing, and the second part assesses speaking in a separate room. Password Skills costs $139 to take through RRC Polytech. Password Skills is hosted by the RRC Polytech Testing and Assessment Centre: E440, Manitou a bi Bii Daziigae building, on the fourth floor. If you wish to do Password Skills remotely (not in-person), Password Skills Plus can be taken online. RRC Polytech does not offer Password Skills Plus, but we do accept the results for entry into program.
Password Skills Plus (Password Skills Plus is an online assessment that can be taken instead of Password Skills. )
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

Who Should Enrol?

Power engineers are responsible for the maintenance and repair of major equipment, including very complex machinery.

You should be mechanically inclined and physically mobile. You should be prepared to work at heights and in temperature extremes, noisy conditions, confined spaces, damp locations, and related conditions. You should be prepared to work shift-work and holidays because power plants generally operate seven days a week, 24 hours per day.

You should have a strong background in mathematics, physics, and chemistry.

Most students find Power Engineering Technology to be academically demanding; therefore, you should be prepared to set aside time on a regular basis to complete projects and assignments outside of daily class hours.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Aug 26, 2024 Apply Now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
COMM-2014Plant Maintenance and Administration
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Students will focus on the numerous components of maintenance and administration programs for utilities and operating process facilities. Students will study topics such as communication, accountability hierarchies within facilities, record keeping, creating planning schedules, and preventive maintenance programs. Students will examine critical paths, Gantt charts, operating standards and procedures, and training and development practices. Students will study industrial administration, which will include such topics as legislation (jurisdictional acts, regulations, and codes), plant maintenance, inspection, budgeting, safety program planning, and report writing.

ELEC-2082Electrical Principles
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Building on the knowledge of electrical principles gained in ENGI-1082 (Electricity, Instrumentation, and Controls), this advanced course equips students with more specialized knowledge of electrical theory and concepts. In addition to problem-solving and performing electrical calculations, students will study concepts, principles, and applications in the production and distribution of electricity and the design, characteristics, and operation of DC generators and motors. They will also examine the relationship between terms in the formation of AC systems, as well as the characteristics, design, construction, and operating principles of AC power - from generators and motors through to transformers and switchgear. Safety is integral to the entire Power Engineering diploma program, and this course in particular stresses safety around electrical systems and equipment.

ENGI-2080Advanced Math, Mechanics and Thermodynamics
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This course is comprised of more advanced topics in mathematics, mechanics, and thermodynamics. A deeper understanding of these topics will help the student to be successful as they progress through the 3rd class level of Power Engineering and beyond. The course will explore the skills necessary to solve technical problems in geometry, trigonometry, and mensuration. Students will explore problems in work, power, and energy calculations. Students will apply thermodynamic principles to solve and explain heat transfer, steam generation, and combustion efficiencies.

ENGI-2085Prime Movers
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This course provides students with in-depth theory on steam turbines, gas turbines, and co-generation systems, including turbine condenser systems, the design principles, and operation and support systems of internal combustion engines. Students will examine the principles of operation and design, including auxiliary support and control systems of various steam turbines. Students will study operating principles of gas turbines, their design, components, auxiliaries, including maintenance and control. Students will also examine various combined cycle and co-generation systems, which include configurations, components, applications, and general operation.

ENGI-2087Waste Treatment
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This course provides students with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the water treatment applications that are applied in power engineering plant facilities. They will learn proper procedures for boiler internal and external (pre-treatment) water treatment and testing. Wastewater treatment and testing, including the chemistry involved, will also be examined. Working towards the 2nd Class license, students will study advanced modern methods of water treatment. Using analytical methods, instruments, and equipment, students will learn to interpret test results and apply the proper methods of treatment. Students will also study non-boiler water treatment pertaining to cooling water, heating water, potable water, and wastewater.

ENGI-2088Fuels and Combustion
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A sound knowledge of chemistry and its applications in industrial operations is essential for Power Engineers. In this course, students will study the principles involved in the structure, formation, and interaction of chemical compounds and solutions, focusing on industrial water testing and treatment. In-depth course content on fuels, combustion, and flue gas analysis will also be presented, including the chemistry involved.

ENGI-2089Power Design 1
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In this course, students will learn to read, interpret, and create various industrial engineering drawings, as they relate to pressure vessel, boiler, and piping designs. Students will study the classification (ANSI and ASME), manufacturing, properties, and applications of metallic/non-metallic materials, ferrous/non-ferrous metals, and alloys, and learn about the structure, properties, and applications of polymers, plastics, carbon fibres, ceramics, and composites. They will study corrosion processes and analyses, applying metallurgical principles. Fundamental boiler and pressure vessel stress analysis is introduced. Using this knowledge of boiler and pressure vessel design, fabrication, and stress analysis, the students will calculate minimum thicknesses and maximum allowable working pressures of cylindrical pressure-retaining components and heads using ASME Code Section I. As well, the students will learn to determine the proper setpoint, sizing, selection, and installation of boiler safety valves, in accordance with ASME I. Students will study and apply a variety of legislation and codes to industrial situations (Provincial Acts and Regulations, ASME Sections I, IV, IX, CSA B-51, and B-52).

ENGI-2090Safety and Piping
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This course provides students with a solid knowledge base in all aspects of piping systems - from piping design, codes, connections, and support devices through to the design, operation, and applications of steam trap systems and pipe insulation. Students will study safety management programs, including their purpose, intent, and scope in place in the industrial workplace. As well, students will examine fire protection systems and the classes and extinguishing media used for industrial fires.

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This course further develops the theory presented in ENGI-1082 (Electricity, Instrumentation and Controls), to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of plant instrumentation and control systems found in power engineering. Students will study operating instrument and control devices, valves and actuators, and boiler control systems, in addition to examining distributed and logic control. As well, they will learn how to apply proper testing and maintenance procedures to ensure efficient plant instrumentation operation.

ENGI-2092Pumps and Equipment
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A comprehensive working knowledge of pumps is essential to working as a Power Engineer. Different types of pump design, principles, components, operation, and maintenance procedures will be presented. Students will apply their knowledge of mathematics, applied mechanics and thermodynamics to perform pump head calculations.

ENGI-2093Refrigeration and Compressors
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This course builds upon the theory presented in ENGI-1086 Air Conditioning, Refrigeration/HVAC to provide students with comprehensive knowledge in various aspects of refrigeration. Students will study numerous facets of refrigeration systems, e.g., types of refrigeration, operating principles, components of compression (including control and safety devices), absorption systems, and refrigerant classification and properties, along with refrigeration auxiliaries, operation, and control. As well, students will study the design, operating principles, and applications of various types of industrial heat exchangers and cooling towers, in addition to studying the theory, design, control, operation, and system auxiliaries of industrial air and gas compressors.

ENGI-3083Steam Generation 3
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In this advanced course, students will study the design and construction of the common types of industrial power boilers, including various techniques used to enhance thermal heat transfer from the fuels. Students will study the operation of the various methods used in the combustion of oil, gas, and solid fuel-fired equipment. Students will learn about Kraft paper production and the process of managing various environmental emissions to be good stewards of the environment. Students will study the various Boiler fittings required to enhance the public safety of boiler systems as outlined in the ASME section 1 and the CSA B51 codes.

ENGI-3084Power Engineering 3F Lab
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To further develop the skills acquired in Power Lab 1 and 2, students will, through hands-on experience, directly apply their knowledge gained from the related theory courses. Students will produce technical drawings (Orthographic, Isometric, Process Flow, P & ID and electrical diagrams). Students will learn the basics of motor alignment by using simple tools and techniques to align a motor and pump. They will disassemble and reassemble various equipment models in order to connect theory with the concrete. Students will gain an understanding of the operation and maintenance of centrifugal pumps by assembling a pump station and measuring various flows and pressures under different piping configurations. Students will also perform steam trap maintenance and construct and test a trap station.

ENGI-3089Power Design 2
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Sequential to Power Engineering Design I, this course equips students with advanced knowledge of boiler/pressure vessel design and metallurgy, materials, welding, and testing topics. Students will perform advanced ASME design calculations using ASME Sections I, IV, and VIII, and reference welding and pressure vessel specifications using ASME Sections VIII and IX.

ENGI-4084Power Engineering 3W Lab
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A mandatory safety orientation will be completed. Following lectures and demonstrations by the instructors, the students will continue to build on Lab 4 outcomes and, under supervision, directly apply their knowledge gained from theory courses to complete various projects in the laboratory, workshop, and power plant settings. Students will apply prior learning of major components of a high-pressure steam system and the requirements for its safe and efficient operation and develop a process flow diagram of the system. Hands-on application of the safety and maintenance requirements pertaining to a powerhouse setting will be practiced. Students will complete electrical safety, measurement, and wiring projects in the workshop to develop the awareness required to safely perform minor electrical maintenance in a Power House setting in accordance with a 3rd Class Limited Electrical.

WRKE-2028Work to Learn As a Power Engineer 2
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Pillars to work-integrated learning are collaboration, working, exploring, learning, production and reporting. This course will help you make the transition from school to work through collaborative partnerships between the business community and Red River College and promoting work-integrated learning opportunities. With the guidance of an industrial partner, you will learn about what it means to be a 3rd class Power Engineer. You will explore how to be a Power Engineer through an industrial partner and complete a report on the experience.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College Polytechnic programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College Polytechnic students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Transfer Credit Opportunities

Inspection and Technical Services (ITS) is responsible for the examination, certification and licensing of individuals performing regulated work such as installation, maintenance, alteration, etc., for various equipment, devices or systems. ITS issues Power Engineer Certificates and Licences.

For more information about Trades Examinations, Certifications & Licensing, contact:
Inspection & Technical Services
508-401 York Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P8

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduation Requirements

For students registered in the Power Engineering Technology Diploma program, the requirements to graduate are as follows:

• A minimum grade of C in each of the Core/Compulsory courses in the program content
• A minimum program GPA of 2.00

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