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Power and Process Operations

Open for Winter 2021

Length: 8 Months
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Learn how to safely run processing equipment at oil and gas and natural gas processing facilities with classes that cover basic plant operations, safety and thermodynamics. Grads are ready to write the Alberta Boiler Safety Association Fourth-Class certification exam.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,141
Year 1 (International): $16,798

Year 1: $5,669
Year 1 (International): $18,110

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


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available. 

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020. 
Term Program start
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021

Program Details

Program description

Power and Process Operations is an 8-month program that trains students for careers as operators, responsible for the daily safe running of processing equipment at oil and gas facilities. The program consists of both classroom and laboratory study, and prepares students to become fourth class Power Engineers through ABSA.

Your career

Graduates find work in process operations as plant, battery, process and field operators and are often employed in processing industries such as petrochemical, fertilizer, pulp and paper, natural gas processing, metallurgical, petroleum refining, and food and beverage production. Currently, most job opportunities for process operators often involve shift work in remote locations.

Student success

A Grade 12 equivalent is recommended to increase employment opportunities. Applicants should be physically agile, have good hearing and be capable of lifting 45-kilogram chemical sacks. Students with serious colour vision defects or who suffer from claustrophobia or fear of heights may have trouble with certain aspects of instruction and may experience problems securing employment.

Credentials and accreditation

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT certificate in Power and Process Operations.

This program is integrated with the Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA) Certification System. Graduates are eligible to write the new Alberta Boilers Branch Fourth-Class certification exam.

Graduates are eligible for membership in the following professional associations:

    • Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA)
    • Institute of Power Engineers (IPE)
    • International Pressure Equipment Integrity Association (IPEIA))
    • National Association Corrosion Engineers (NACE)

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

  • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020 and are accepted until the program start date.

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, Math 30-3 or Applied Math 30
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 75% in English Language Arts 30-2
  • All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-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: Apply to Power and Process Operations and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Reserved seats

Four 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

View additional Power and Process Operations program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Credit
COMM-201 Industrial Communications 1.5
COMP-261 MS Office: An Introduction 1.5
ENVS-221 Safety and Environmental Protection 1.5
PROP-262 Process Operations I 3.0
PWEN-285 Basic Plant Operations I 6.0
THRM-224 Thermodynamics 1.5
Semester 1 total 15.0

Semester 2

Course code Course name Credit
CHEM-233 Chemistry and Corrosion 1.5
COMM-352 Communicating in The Workplace 1.5
MACH-236 Workship Practices  1.5
PROP-266 Process Operations II 3.0
PROP-270 Unit Operations 1.5
PWEN-284 Basic Plant Operations II 6.0
Semester 2 total 15.0
Program total 30.0


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.


2019/20 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $4,156 $462 $288 $235 $5,141

2019/20 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $15,589 $462 $288 $460 $16,798

2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $4,447 $682 $288 $252 $5,669

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $16,680 $682 $288 $460 $18,110

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

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


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Inspiring Stories

After completing her business degree and a co-op program at a paper mill, Mallory decided to learn more about the processing industry. Upon graduation, she was considering a job offer. 

Mallory Sherwood
Power and Process Operations | 2018

"My favourite part was the connectivity with your classmates," she says. "You're making friends and creating a close-knit circle." 

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