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4th Class Power Engineering

Specialized training

Are you an analytical thinker looking for a new challenge in your career? Power Engineers support critical industries like healthcare and education. Industry demand for power engineering course graduates is high, and power plant operators can find work in many industries. The work power engineers do is vital, and the pay reflects that.

What do power engineers do?

Power Engineers make sure the power and heat stays on. They monitor, operate and maintain equipment for our comfort, survival and enjoyment in our daily lives.

Global warming is a critical issue facing humanity and Power Engineers are part of the solution. Fourth Class Power Engineers learn how existing energy systems operate and how sustainable energy systems can slow and then stop global warming.

What to expect

This 32-week full-time program includes theory and extensive training in an industry workplace practicum. While we do not guarantee practicum placements, there are many practicum locations on Vancouver Island as well as some on the mainland and in other provinces. Some are paid work experiences. You can treat your work experience as an extended job interview to kick start your career.

What you learn

Our Power Engineering certificate program prepares you to operate, maintain and manage industrial power and processing plants.

When you complete the program you can challenge the Technical Safety BC (TSBC) standardized examinations for an Interprovincial Fourth Class Power Engineer's Certificate of Competency.

Program Costs

See Program Costs for details regarding current fees.

(All fees are subject to change without prior notice.)

Admission Requirements

See Admission Requirements for details.

Career Options

VIU’s 32-week Red Seal Power Engineering certificate program prepares graduates for employment as Power Engineers able to operate, maintain and manage industrial power and processing plants.

Power engineers work in solar power plants, pulp and paper mills, recreation centers, sawmills, the oil and gas industry, refrigeration plants, food and processing plants, hospitals, universities and large commercial buildings all employ Power Engineers.


To become a student in the Power Engineering program, apply to VIU.

Visit a Power Engineering classroom

Curious about what the classes will be like? Contact us to arrange to shadow a class for a day. 

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