POWTF-DP Power Engineering Technology

Courses and Descriptions

Courses and Descriptions

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CHEM-3002Advanced Chemistry Applications
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A sound knowledge of chemistry and its applications in industrial operations is essential for Power Engineers. In this intensive course, students will study the principles in the structure, formation, and interaction of chemical compounds. In-depth course content on fuels, combustion, and flue gas analysis will also be presented. Working towards the 2nd class license, students will study and perform advanced water treatments - from methods of feedwater treatment, e.g. sodium and hydrogen zeolite softening, evaporation, electro-dialysis and electro-deionization(ED/EDI), reverse osmosis (RO), and microfiltration—through to internal treatment of boiler water, e.g., control of scale, embrittlement, corrosion, chelating agents, sludge conditioning, pH measurement, chemical feed systems and cooling water treatment, e.g., slime, algae and corrosion control. Using analytical methods, instruments and equipment, students will conduct water analysis and interpret the results, study industrial waste, and perform potable water treatment and testing.

COMM-1242Technical Communications
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Communication abilities are essential on-the-job skills for the power engineer, who must not only be technically competent but also must be able to communicate information, both orally and in writing, in a straightforward manner. In this course students will learn basic PC computer skills, how to organize and communicate information clearly and concisely using acceptable formats, create, edit, format, and print documents from Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and then use Windows file management to manipulate these files.

ELEC-1079Electrical Fundamentals
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In this introductory course students 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, etc., and examine the relationships among them, which are fundamental to many technical applications in industry.

ELEC-2060Electrical Principles & Applications 2
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Building on the knowledge of electrical principles gained in Electrical Fundamentals 1, this advanced course equips students with a more specialized knowledge of electrical theory and concepts. In addition to problem-solving and performing electrical calculations, students will study concepts, principles and application in the production 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. Students will be provided with a thorough knowledge in the operation and components of pneumatic, electronic and digital control loops and will be expected to explain control modes and strategies. Safety is integral to the entire Power Engineering diploma program, and this course in particular stresses safety around electrical systems and equipment.

ENGI-1009Power Lab 1
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Through hands-on experience, students will directly apply their knowledge gained from theory courses to complete numerous projects in a laboratory setting. In the lab, they will learn the major components of a steam plant and its safe operation, operate high-pressure steam boilers of a variety of configurations and firing methods, and operate various power plant pumps. Also in the lab, they will check and maintain water quality for boilers, operate prime movers including steam and gas turbines, operate pumps and water treatment equipment and participate in other lab projects designed to develop necessary industrial maintenance skills.

ENGI-1012Environment & Water Treatment Studies
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This course will provide students with an understanding of the inter-relationships within our environment and the potential environmental impacts of operating a plant facility. Various types of pollution - noise, gaseous, solid and liquid will be examined. Students will study the importance of various methods used to treat water used in plants, including environmental pollutants and related control methods and combustion equipment and efficient burning of fuels and related chemistry.

ENGI-1075Instrumentation & Controls 1
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A sound knowledge of instrumentation and controls is integral to working as a Power Engineer. This course introduces students to plant instrumentation systems and the many components that comprise them. Specifically, they will examine process measurement; control loop components, boiler instrumentation, low-water fuel cut-offs, boiler programming controls, and process computer applications. They will study various control systems such as feedwater, operating, combustion, pneumatic, electric, and electronic, as well as relevant control methods and devices. In addition, they will learn how to apply proper testing and maintenance procedures to ensure efficient plant instrumentation operation.

ENGI-1079Interpreting Engineering Drawings
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This course focuses on providing students with fundamental concepts in mechanical drafting. By applying this knowledge, students will create basic engineering sketches of plant equipment by employing a variety of techniques. Students will construct, label and dimension isometric and orthographic drawings using acceptable conventions for line, layout, and dimensioning. As well, students will read and interpret piping drawings and symbols, process flow diagrams and process instrumentation drawings.

ENGI-1102Metallurgy, Codes & Regulations
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A comprehensive knowledge of metallurgy is mandatory for a power engineer. In this introductory course students will study the basic principles of metallurgy, including crystal structures, solidification of metals, alloys and alloying agents, and heat treatment techniques for steel. Students will also perform destructive and non-destructive testing, in addition to studying codes and Provincial acts and regulations with respect to boilers and pressure vessels.

ENGI-1142Prime Movers 1
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In this introductory course students will study the theory behind prime movers and engines and in so doing, will be able to differentiate between a heat engine and a prime mover. They will become conversant with the relevant terminology, and will learn the principles of operation, construction, maintenance, types, lubrication, and classification of steam turbines, water turbines, gas turbines and internal combustion engines. As well, students will integrate knowledge gained from other content areas and apply this knowledge of plants systems to e.g., hot oil systems, thermal generating plants, gas processing, and pulp mills.

ENGI-1143Principles of Mechanics
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This introductory mechanics course provides students with a solid foundation of physical principles in the field of mechanics. Students will study physical laws and mathematical relationships relating to vectors, components, resultants, forces and moments, Newton’s laws of motion, accelerated motion, weight and mass, work, pressure, energy and power, simple machines, friction, stress and strain, power transmission and properties of solids and fluids.

ENGI-1148Refrigeration & Air Conditioning 1
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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 hat gains/losses, and will study the psychrometric properties of air in addition to reading and interpreting psychrometric charts. They will study different types of refrigerants, as well as refrigeration and air conditioning systems pre-start-up procedures, operation and maintenance.

ENGI-1150Steam 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, and operation.

ENGI-1157Thermal Studies
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Power engineers are involved in efficient heat transfer in many aspects of their job and this introductory course equips the student with the necessary knowledge of fundamental physical principles in the field of thermodynamics. Students will study relevant terminology, principles and laws of thermodynamics/energy conversion, quantities, units and principles, heat and temperature and modes of heat transfer, expansion of solids, liquids and gases, laws of perfect gases, work done during expansion/compression of gases, and isothermal and adiabatic processes.

ENGI-1167Power Engineering Design 1
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In this course, students will learn to read, interpret, and create a variety engineering sketches, as they relate to pressure vessel and boiler components and designs.  Fundamental principles of welding – weld-procedure development/interpretation and weld inspection - are also covered   In order to continue in their studies, fundamentals of pressure vessel stress analysis are introduced.  Using this knowledge of 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.

ENGI-2065Instrumentation & Controls 2
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This course further develops the theory presented in Instrumentation and Controls I to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of plant instrumentation and control systems found in power engineering. Students will study and become proficient in 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-2099Plant Maintenance & Administration
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This course encompasses theory required for working towards both the 3rd and 2nd class license. The course focuses on the numerous components of maintenance and administration programs for utilities and operating process facilities—from effective written and oral communication (internal and external) and accountability hierarchies within facilities, through to record keeping, creating schedules and preventive maintenance management programs, and project control. Students will examine critical paths (e.g., complete boiler turnaround), operating standards and procedures, training and development practices, and environmental practices. Specifically for the 2nd class license, students will study industrial administration, including legislation (jurisdictional acts, regulations and codes governing installations), as well as management functions—from staff selection and training through to plant maintenance, inspection, budgeting, safety program planning, incident and report writing.

ENGI-2126Power Engineering Design 2
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Sequential to Power Engineering Design I, this course equips students with a extensive knowledge base in a variety of disciplines. Students will study the classification (ANSI and ASME), production, 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 perform material testing and corrosion analyses and examine the processes and applications of metallurgy and different advanced welding techniques, e.g., shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), submerged arc welding (SAW), gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW) and describe the testing of welds and procedures. They will perform code calculations (using ASME code extracts and related tables) and explain the purpose and content application of legislation/codes, e.g., ASME sections I, IV, V, VI, VII, IX, CSA Standard B.51 and .52, National Board Inspection code. Leading from the first component of this course, the advanced section (working towards a 2nd class license) provides students with in-depth knowledge in advanced metallurgy and testing of materials, advanced welding techniques, advanced codes and calculations.

ENGI-2133Prime Movers 2
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To consolidate the students’ knowledge base of prime movers, this course provides students with in-depth theory on steam turbines, gas turbines, and cogeneration systems, in addition to turbine condenser systems, and the design principles, operation and support systems of internal combustion engines. Specifically, they will examine the principles of operation, design, components, auxiliary support and control systems (and their respective operation) of various steam turbines. With respect to industrial gas turbines, students will study operating principles, design, components, arrangements, auxiliaries, maintenance, and control. They will also examine various cogeneration systems - from common configurations, components, and applications through to operation.

ENGI-2141Power Lab 2
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To further develop the skills acquired in Power Lab I, students will, through hands-on experience, directly apply their knowledge gained from theory courses to complete various projects in arc welding, boiler and turbine operation, pump, and general plant maintenance. Students will complete projects specifically designed to demonstrate their knowledge of electrical, instrumentation, and refrigeration theory. Students will operate PLCs in a laboratory setting and participate in other lab projects designed to develop necessary industrial maintenance skills.

ENGI-2151Steam Generation 2
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Building upon the knowledge gained in Steam Generation I, students will study not only various types of boilers„ofrom watertube, tubular, and cast iron through to firetube boilers„oand their respective components, burners, and fittings, but also boiler maintenance.  As well, students will examine different heating systems, e.g., steam, warm air, infrared and electric along with their associated components and equipment, as well as auxiliary building systems, e.g., lighting, building water supply and sanitary drainage systems. Safe and efficient boiler operational procedures are presented in depth in this course.

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ENGI-2155Water Treatment Applications
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This course provides students with the necessary knowledge and an understanding of water treatment applications that are applied in power engineering plant facilities. They will learn proper procedures for boiler internal and external water. As well, wastewater treatment procedures and related chemistry will be examined. Students will gain an appreciation of the importance of various methods used to treat water used in plants.

ENGI-2167Refrigeration & Air Compression 2
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This course builds upon theory presented in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 1 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 auxilliaries, operation, and control. As well, students will study the design, operation and applications of various types of industrial heat exchangers and cooling towers, in addition to studying the theory, design, control, operation and system auxilliaries of industrial air and gas compressors.

ENGI-3004Advanced Mechanics for Power Engineers
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This applied mechanics course covers theory required for both 3rd and 2nd class licenses and builds from Principles of Mechanics I.  Students will explain and solve problems for a range of mechanical calculations that Power Engineers must perform on a regular basis—from work, power, and energy, through to vector diagrams, friction linear and angular velocity. They will also apply the theory of mechanics to calculate mechanical advantage, efficiency, shearing forces, bending moments, density and specific gravity, bending moments, and acceleration. The advanced component of this course specific to working towards the 2nd class theory license delves deeper into concepts of the theory of mechanics. Students will study the relationships among and solve problems in, for example, advanced mechanics velocity; work, power and energy; torque and angular motion; friction, moments of forces; stress/strain; shearing forces and bending moments; torsion; and pressure and flow of liquids.

ENGI-3005Advanced Pump Studies
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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, mechanics and thermodynamics to perform pump head calculations, and will work on various types of pumps to gain direct experience. The second component of this course focuses on in-depth advanced pump theory for students working towards a 2nd class license.

ENGI-3006Advanced Thermodynamics for Power Engineers
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In this rigorous course, covering thermodynamics theory required for both 3rd and 2nd class licenses, students study and apply the relationships among mathematics, chemistry, mechanics and thermodynamics. Students will apply thermodynamic principles to calculate and explain the different types of expansion, temperature measurements, methods of heat transfer, quantities of heat, and changes of state. They will work with and interpret steam tables, temperature-enthalpy charts and pressure-volume diagrams. Building upon course content from the first module, the other component of this course addresses theory content required for the 2nd class license. Students will perform calculations and study theory that includes, for example, work and heat (thermodynamics of steam, internal energy of steam, enthalpy, entropy), practical cycles (Rankine, Otto, Diesel, Brayton), thermal efficiencies, and energy flow calculations. They will also calculate heat and measurement of heat, expansion/compression of gases (Dalton’s Law of partial pressures, adiabatic, isothermal, polytropic, ratios of expansion and compression) and work with and interpret pressure-volume and temperature-entropy diagrams.

ENGI-3130Power Lab 4
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To further develop the skills acquired in Power Lab 2, students will, through hands-on experience, directly apply their knowledge gained from theory courses to complete various projects in boiler control systems, and boiler operation and plant maintenance. They will also complete projects that demonstrate their knowledge of pump operation and maintenance, in addition to working on projects involving water treatment. Students will operate and charge refrigeration units and operate HVAC systems in a laboratory setting and participate in other lab projects designed to develop necessary industrial maintenance skills.

ENGI-3131Power Lab 5
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To further develop the skills acquired in Power Lab 4, students will, through hands-on experience, directly apply their knowledge gained from theory courses to complete various projects in piping, metallurgy, air quality measurement, and lab safety programs, in addition to working on projects involving electrical wiring and troubleshooting. Students will use electrical meters in a laboratory setting to perform electrical measurements and participate in other lab projects designed to develop necessary industrial maintenance skills.

ENGI-3144Steam Generation 3
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Building upon knowledge gained in Steam Generation 2, students will study various aspects of steam generation - from watertube and special boiler design, boiler construction and procedures to boiler draft and flue gas equipment and high-pressure boiler fittings, in preparation for Third Class certification. Boiler heat transfer components, burner design and supply systems and fired heaters will also be examined. A significant component of this course also presents advanced steam generation theory, at a Second Class level. This advanced section will examine in depth, comprehensive concepts of steam generation, including methods of heat transfer, specialized boiler designs and applications, boiler fittings, boiler details, installation and support methods, insulation, operation, cleaning, maintenance and inspection. As well, inspection safety procedures will be examined.

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MATH-1035Technical Mathematics
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This fundamental mathematics course provides the student with the requisite skills necessary to solve technical problems that a power engineer faces on a daily basis. Students will become familiar with SI units of measurement and their symbols, and will acquire knowledge in problem-solving techniques, algebra, ratio and proportion, percentages, area and volumes, graphing functions, trigonometric functions, triangle solutions, linear and quadratic equations, and exponential and logarithmic functions. This knowledge will be directly applied to other content areas in the field of power engineering.

MATH-3003Advanced Mathematics
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This advanced mathematics course builds upon Technical Mathematics 1 and provides students with the requisite skills necessary to solve technical problems that a 3rd and 2nd class power engineer faces on a daily basis. Students will study topics in higher-level mathematics, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry. They will solve linear equations with one or more unknowns, simultaneous linear and quadratic equations and perform factoring. They will study mensuration (areas, volumes of planes and solid figures) and will acquire knowledge in problem-solving techniques for power engineering, and apply that knowledge to work with exponential, logarithmic, natural and naperian logarithms. Knowledge acquired in this course will be directly applied to other content areas in the field of power engineering.

SAFE-1019Occupational Health & Safety
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This is an in-depth safety course as applied to power engineering. Students will learn principles of workplace safety, which encompasses not only relevant legislation, WHMIS, First Aid, confined space entry and safe work practices, but also the various types, function and care of personal safety equipment. As well, students will gain an appreciation of the impacts, personal, financial, social, and legal of workplace injuries. This is an in-depth safety course as applied to power engineering. Students will learn principles of workplace safety, which encompasses not only relevant legislation, WHMIS, First Aid, confined space entry, fire protection and safe work practices, but also the various types, function and care of personal safety equipment. As well, student will gain an appreciation of the impacts - personal, financial, social and legal - of workplace injuries.

SAFE-2025Piping Accessories, Safety Management and Fire Protection
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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.

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.

WELD-1005Arc Welding
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This hands-on course will introduce and equip students with basic knowledge of arc welding, from electrode identification and learning about the equipment related to arc welding through to laying beads and basic welding. Students will learn the correct procedures and safe practices for arc welding, and will transfer that knowledge to direct application in welding exercises.

WELD-1008Gas Welding
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This course is designed to develop the welding knowledge and skills required to safely and effectively perform oxyacetylene welding.

WELD-1010MIG Welding
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This course is designed to develop the welding knowledge and skills required to safely and effectively perform gas metal arc welding (MIG). Students will also be introduced to gas tungsten arc welding (TIG).

WELD-1016TIG Welding
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