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Power Engineering Technology

Waitlisted for Fall 2020

Waitlisted for Winter 2021

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

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

Program Highlights

Courses in power theory, thermodynamics and extensive lab training prepare you to take 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: $6,176
Year 2: $6,424
Year 1 (International): $20,159
Year 2 (International): $21,095

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

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This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019, and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020, and are accepted until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021

Program Details

Program description

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.

A minimum of 80% 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.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Power Engineering Technology.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of Calgary

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.


Have questions about this specific program?

Contact MacPhail School of Energy

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019 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
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 75% in English Language Arts 30-2
  • At least 60% in Physics 30.

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 Engineering Technology 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

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:

  • PRS1010 - Overview of Alberta Geology
  • PRS1020 - Non-renewable Resources
  • PRS1060 - Consumer Products and Services
  • PRS2030 - Non-Conventional Hydrocarbon Exploration
  • PRS2060 - Refining Hydrocarbons

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. 


Program outline

  • 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.
  • View additional Power Engineering Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

First year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMP-261 Microsoft Office: An Introduction 1.5
ELCT-254 Electrical and Controls I 1.5
PENG-201 Power Theory I 3.0
PENG-203 Power Lab I 3.0
SFTY-215 Safety and Environment 1.5
THRM-208 Thermodynamics I Theory 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0


Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
MATH-238 Mathematics for Engineering and Technology I 3.0
PENG-251 Power Theory II 3.0
PENG-253 Power Lab II 3.0
PWEN-282 Unit Operations 1.5
THRM-258 Thermodynamics II Theory 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total


Second year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
AMEC-306 Applied Mechanics I 3.0
ELCT-304 Electrical & Controls II 3.0
MATH-288 Mathematics for Engineering and Technology ll 3.0
PENG-301 Power Theory III 3.0
THRM-317 Thermodynamics III Theory 3.0
THRM-319 Thermodynamics I Lab 1.5
Semester 3 Total 16.5


Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
AMEC-356 Applied Mechanics II 3.0
ELCT-354 Electrical & Controls III 1.5
PROJ-351 Power Engineering Technology Capstone Project 3.0
PENG-351 Power Theory IV 3.0
THRM-359 Thermodynamics II Lab 1.5
THRM-357 Thermodynamics IV Theroy 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*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ 4,954 $682 $288 $252 $ 6,176
2 $ 5,202 $682 $288 $252 $ 6,424

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $18,729 $682 $288 $460 $20,159
2 $19,665 $682 $288 $460 $21,095

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure.


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.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Fall 2020

Orientation date

Friday, Aug. 30


This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus. 

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

We recommend you wear CSA-approved (green triangle) protective footwear in our labs. You'll also need to purchase a hard hat and safety glasses from the student club when you arrive.

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience, ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices, MATH 123: Mathematics Refresher and SAFE 160: Safety Orientation.

Required textbooks

The Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.


Phone: 403.284.8543
Email: MacPhail.student@sait.ca

Academic chair

Mitch McNeil, Academic Chair
Email:  mitch.mcneil@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

To be innovative, you need a broad base of knowledge, which this program provides, says Lorenz.

Hands-on learning in a new lab was ideal for Andria who found she learned more quickly that way. Her newfound skills and training helped her secure a job in the field before graduation.

Liam had already taken plumbing at SAIT, so when he was looking for something new, the decision was easy. He began in the Power and Process Operations program before transferring to Power Engineering Technology where he says he learned what he needed to be successful in the industry.

Lorenz Agdamag
Power Engineering Technology | 2016

“It directs you on which path you want to go,” he says, adding he is “100 per cent ready” to enter the work force.

Andria Diduck
Power Engineering Technology | 2017

"The program really prepares you. It's similar to what they have out there."

Liam Kelly
Power Engineering Technology | 2017

"It gave us the tools to succeed in every area."

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