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Power Engineering Technology

Open for Fall 2017

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Through courses in power theory and thermodynamics, train to take on responsibility for complex power systems working as a plant operator, or design, research or development assistant in industries like petroleum, petrochemical and refining.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,573
Year 2: $5,805
Year 1 (International): $17,149
Year 2 (International): $17,959

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a two-step process: academic ranking and quality of career investigation questionnaire.

When can you apply?

Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to Sept. 5, 2017. 

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Program description

Get yourself an empowering career. Power Engineering certification is from fifth class to first class, and there is a program available at SAIT to train you at all levels! Our Power Engineering Technology diploma arms you with the skills to become a third class power engineer responsible for controlling large, complex power and process systems, and performing production work in the operation and development of large-scale energy projects.

Your career

Graduates find work as plant operators, design assistants, research and development assistants and process operators in the petroleum, power, petrochemical, refining, and pulp and paper industries. Opportunities also exist for positions in field and design offices and mechanical or industrial sales outlets.

Student success

Manual dexterity and mechanical ability is helpful. Students should be aware that colour blind testing may be required by some employers. Eighty per cent attendance is a requirement to successfully complete the program. Successful students will have the ability to gather technical information and use it to troubleshoot large electromechanical systems.


This is presently under development.

Transfer options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to Sept. 5, 2017.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, or at least 75% in Math 30-2, AND,
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 75% in English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
  • At least 60% in Physics 30.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

  • Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) along with all supporting documents must be submitted to be included in selection.
  • Selection is done on a continuous basis beginning in December.

In the selection process, applicants will be assessed on the following criteria and seats will be offered accordingly.

Step 4: Apply to Power Engineering Technology and submit your transcripts

Step 5:  Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you are "In Selection."

Step 6: Complete and submit the Career Investigation Questionnaire.

  • Email your completed questionnaire to pet.selectionprocess@sait.ca.
  • Please save the file with the naming convention: LastName, FirstName-StudentID. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
  • Applicants who fail to complete the Career Investigation Questionnaire will be excluded from selection.

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication During Selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

We recommend you add pet.selectionprocess@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Reserved Seats

Eight seats are reserved for applicants who have completed and obtained a minimum of 70% in each of the following Career and Technology Studies courses:

  1. PRS1010 - Overview of Alberta Geology
  2. PRS1020 - Non-renewable Resources
  3. PRS1060 - Consumer Products and Services
  4. PRS2030 - Non-Conventional Hydrocarbon Exploration
  5. PRS2060 - Refining Hydrocarbons


Program outline

  • To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.
  • This program is being reviewed and could undergo changes.
  • SAIT students are offered an opportunity to develop lifelong learning skills in an online environment. One or more courses in the program are offered fully or partially online.

First year

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
SFTY-215 Safety and Environment 1.5
COMP-261 MS Office: An Introduction 1.5
MATH-238 Math for Engineering & Tech I 3.0
PENG-201 Power Theory I 3.0
PENG-203 Power Lab I 3.0
THRM-208 Thermodynamics I Theory 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0


Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
ELEC-254 Electrical and Controls I 1.5
PWEN-282 Unit Operations 1.5
PENG-251 Power Theory II 3.0
PENG-253 Power Lab II 3.0
THRM-258 Thermodynamics II Theory 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total


Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
AMEC-306 Applied Mechanics I 3.0
ELCT-304 Electrical & Controls II 3.0
STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering & Tech l 3.0
PENG-301 Power Theory III 3.0
THRM-317 Thermodynamics Theory III 3.0
THRM-319 Thermodynamics Lab I 1.5
Semester 3 Total 16.5


Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
AMEC 356 Applied Mechanics II 3.0
ELCT 354 Electrical & Controls III 1.5
PROJ 351 Power Engineering Capstone Project 3.0
PENG-351 Power Theory IV 3.0
THRM-359 Thermodynamics Lab II 1.5
THRM-357 Thermodynamics Theory IV 3.0
Semester 4 Total 15.0
Second Year Total 31.5
Program Total 61.5


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.


Domestic tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
1 $4,630 $420 $523 $5,573
2 $5,093 $420 $523 $6,036

International tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
1 $16,206 $420 $523 $17,149
2 $17,016 $420 $523 $17,959

SAIT fees

Campus athletic and recreation fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $260

SAIT Students' Association fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,775 for the first year and $1,120 for the second year.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

MacPhail School of Energy