FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS POE4F-CT Power Engineering Technology (4th Class)

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  • 1 year certificate
  • August entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg

This program develops the knowledge and skills required for the safe and efficient operation of process equipment in residential, institutional, commercial, and industrial establishments. The program's main focus is on power plant operation.

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 Fourth and Third Class levels.

Successful completion of the certificate program is required to enter the Power Engineering Technology (3rd Class) program. If you successfully complete the program, you receive a certificate and may write the standardized Fourth Class provincial examinations.

Prior to starting the program, you will be invited to attend a program overview information session. You will also be invited to participate in a math and reading skills diagnostic testing session that will advise you of your program readiness.

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.


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Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 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. Academic Requirement
    • Submit proof of successful completion of or enrolment in:
      • A power Engineering 5th Class Applied Certificate program
      • Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following:
        • Grade 12 English
        • Grade 12 Applied Math 40S or Pre-Calculus Math 40S
        • Grade 11 Physics or Chemistry
    • 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.
  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.

    Mature Student Admission Requirements
    If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

    1. High School Courses
      • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in:
        • Grade 12 English
        • Grade 12 Applied Math 40S or Pre-Calculus Math 40S
        • Grade 11 Physics or Chemistry
      • 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.
    2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

    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.
    CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
    The Official CanTEST was discontinued in 2021, and as of October 20, 2021 the RRC CanTEST is no longer offered at RRC Polytechnic. CanTEST results dated within 2 years of your application date will still be accepted to meet English language proficiency requirements. Please note the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program requires the Official CanTEST (The RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
    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)
    LSI (Language Studies International)
    PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
    Password Skills ()
    Password Skills Plus ()
    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 28, 2023 Apply Now

    Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

    Program/Student Fees
    Year 1
    Books and Supplies
    Year 1
    Other Fees
    Year 1
    Program/Student Fees (International)
    Year 1
    1Manitoba Department of Labour Certification Exam Fee

    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

    (Click the course name to view the description of the course)
    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-1173Communication StrategiesRPL
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    Everyone communicates, but are they doing it well? Communicative competence takes practice and self-awareness. By developing their communication skills, the student will improve their interpersonal ability, intercultural competence, and digital fluency to prepare the student for success in the workplace. In Communication Strategies, the student will learn through discovery and project-based activities to practice approaching situations critically and collaboratively. The strategies the student will gain in this course will be useful throughout their program and in their chosen industry.

    ENGI-1080Thermodynamics, Chemistry, Math, and Mechanics
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    This fundamental course combines aspects of mathematics, mechanics, and thermodynamics to develop the skills necessary to solve technical problems power engineers face on a daily basis. 

    Mathematics- Students will become familiar with SI units of measurement and their symbols, and will acquire foundational knowledge in problem solving techniques, algebra, fractions, ratio and proportion, equations, percentages, areas and volumes.

    Mechanics- Students will study physical laws and mathematical relationships relating to vectors, resultants, forces and moments, Newton’s laws, linear velocity and acceleration, weight and mass, work, pressure, energy and power, simple machines, friction, stress and strain, and power transmission.

    Thermodynamics- Power engineers are tasked with efficient energy conversion in many aspects of their job, and as such will develop the fundamental knowledge of the physical principles and laws of thermodynamics, basic physical and chemistry properties, energy conversion, quantities, units, heat and temperature, methods of heat transfer, expansion of solids, liquids, and gasses, laws of perfect gasses.

    ENGI-1081Metallurgy and Safety in Power Engineering
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    A comprehensive knowledge of material properties and welding is crucial for a power engineer. In this introductory course students will study the basic principles of metallurgy, including crystal structures, solid solutions, iron-carbon phase diagrams, solidification of metals, alloys and alloying agents, welding metallurgy, and heat treatment techniques for steel. Welding processes are also studied on an introductory basis, with emphasis on terminology and principles. Furthermore, students will undertake preliminary study of destructive and non-destructive testing to determine material properties and material integrity. Piping system fundamentals are also covered in this course, with emphasis on correct assembly and material selection. Application of fabrication and installation codes, and Provincial acts and regulations, are studied, as they relate to boilers and pressure vessels.

    Attention to Plant Safety is an intrinsic responsibility of all Power Engineers, and workers in general. Plant safety will be considered as it relates to Power Engineers. The application of safety programs in Power Plants will be described. The policies and procedures for the handling and storage of dangerous materials will be considered. The students will learn Industrial Plant fire safety, and typical fire extinguishing equipment and their operation.

    ENGI-1082Electricity, Instrumentation and Control
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    In this introductory course the student will learn and apply principles of electrical theory-from alternating current (AC), direct current (DC), through to magnetism and electromagnetism-and will become conversant with its associated terminology, symbols and types of diagrams related to the production, distribution and operation of electrical components and systems. They will problem-solve and perform calculations such as current, voltage, resistance, and power/power factor, and examine relationships among them, which are fundamental to many technical applications in industry.

    In Instrumentation and Controls the students will learn the overall purpose and functions of plant instrumentation, the construction and operation of common measuring devices, describe basic types of transmitters, recorders, controllers, and actuators, describe the design and operation of electronic and electrical control systems. 

    ENGI-1083Steam Generation 1
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    In this introductory course students will become conversant in boiler terminology and will gain an understanding of the history of boiler development and design. Building upon this, they will study high- and low-pressure boiler types, design, construction, maintenance, inspection, operation and ancillary systems for combustion, fuel handling, feedwater supply and blowoff.

    ENGI-1084Power Engineering 4F Lab
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    A mandatory safety orientation will be completed. Following demonstrations by the instructors the students will, under supervision, directly apply their knowledge gained from theory courses to complete various projects in laboratory, workshop and power plant settings. Students will become familiar with the 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 projects of various types in the workshop to develop the skills required to perform running repairs in a Power House setting.

    ENGI-1085Prime Movers
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    In this introductory course students will study prime mover and heat engine theory related to steam engines, internal combustion engines of both the gasoline and diesel type, steam turbines and gas turbines. Students should become conversant with the relevant terminology and be able to identify the operating principles as well as major components of the various heat engines. Students will study the classification of the various heat engines along with the principles of construction, operation, and maintenance. Students will study the theory of bearings and lubrication as it applies to heat engines.

    Students will study the theory and operation of the various types of pumps and compressors encountered in industry. Students should become conversant with the relative terminology and be able to identify the major components of the various pumps and compressors. Students should be able to identify the advantages and limitations of each type and their suitability of use in various applications.

    ENGI-1086Air Conditioning/HVAC
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    In this introductory course students will learn various aspects of refrigeration and air conditioning systems, their associated components, (e.g., compression systems, heat exchangers, metering devices, capacity and cycle controls, accessories, pumps, coil types), and different systems operations, (e.g., absorption refrigeration, heat recovery, fan, duct, and air conditioning systems). Using thermodynamics of refrigeration, students will perform relevant calculations to gage heat gains/losses. They will study different types of refrigerants, as well as refrigeration and air conditioning systems pre-start-up procedures, refrigeration plant operation and maintenance. There are six lecture hours per week with a credit hour rating of six.

    ENGI-1087Boiler Safety, Plant Types, and Water Treatment
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    In this course, students will learn the design and operation of pressure relief valves, firing controls, low water level instruments, and a variety of boiler fittings. The student will relate the design and operation of these components according to the jurisdictional regulatory requirements and the applicable national and international codes, including, ASME Section 1, ASME Section IV, ASME Section VIII, ASME CSD-1, and CSA B51.

    The students will learn the configuration of energy intensive industrial plants, such as hot oil, wood and biomass processing, liquid hydrocarbon processing, natural gas plants, food processing, and metallurgical processing. 

    In water treatment, students will study the impurities found in untreated water, their effects and appropriate treatment methods. The course first establishes the necessary fundamental theoretical chemistry underpinnings.

    ENGI-2083Steam Generation 2
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    Building upon the knowledge gained in Steam Generation I, students will study the design, construction, application, maintenance and safe operation of watertube, firetube, and cast iron boilers with particular emphasis on heating boilers (ASME Code Section IV). Boiler components, including burners and fittings, are discussed in detail with a focus on ASME IV and CSA B51 code requirements. As well, students will examine various heating systems, e.g., steam, forced air, infrared and electric heating along with their associated components and equipment, as well as auxiliary building systems, e.g., lighting, building water supply and sanitary drainage system.

    Take ENGI-1083; Minimum grade D,CR;
    ENGI-2084Power Engineering 4W 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 4F 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 become familiar with the major components of a high-pressure steam system and the requirements for its safe and efficient operation. Under direct supervision, students will operate high pressure boilers of the fire tube and water tube construction and the associated boiler accessories. Hands-on application of the safety and maintenance requirements pertaining to a powerhouse setting will be practiced. Students will complete water treatment and piping projects in the workshop to further develop the skills required to justify operational decisions and perform running repairs in a Power House setting. 

    More Information

    The Workplace Hazardous Materials System (WHMIS) is a system for ensuring that important information about hazardous products is communicated where products are used, stored and handled. This course provides Information necessary to understand and interpret information about hazardous products, including pictograms (symbols), labels and Safety Data Sheets.

    SEMR-9209General Safety Training
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    This General Safety Training (GST) teaches basic general safety content to arm students with the core information necessary for them to protect themselves in workplaces on all descriptions. Although some examples may consider Manitoba legislation, this course has been developed by occupational safety and health professionals using generic information that is not provincially specific.

    WRKE-1028Work to Learn as a Power Engineer 1
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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 Industrial, Commercial, Institutional partners and Red River College by promoting work-integrated learning opportunities. Reflecting on the insights gained through these relationships will help you discover what it means to be a power engineer.

    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

    The requirements to graduate are as follows: 

    A minimum grade of C in all courses (As required by the Power Engineers Act)
    A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 

    Contact Information

    For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

    For detailed program information, contact:

    Randy Cameron
    Program Coordinator
    E-mail: rcameron@RRC.CA

    College Support Services

    Red River College Polytechnic is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC Polytech.

    Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

    Academic Advising Service
    Our academic advising service can provide information about our full-time programs, explain program admission requirements, and help you select the right program to meet your career and academic goals. We can also connect you with helpful people, resources, and supports.
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