Power Engineering

Power Engineering/Process Operator -
4th Class


The Fourth Class Power Engineering/Process Operator is a 32-week Certificate Program that prepares graduates for employment as power engineers, able to operate, maintain, and manage industrial power and processing plants. This full-time program includes theory and extensive training in an industry workplace practicum.

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.


A Vancouver Island University Certificate will be awarded to each graduate.

Upon successful completions, graduates will have the knowledge and hands-on experience to challenge the BC Safety Authority (BCSA) standardized examinations for an Interprovincial Fourth Class Power Engineer's Certificate of Competency. The program also prepares graduates with technical knowledge required for a process operator.

Career Options

Industry demand for qualified power engineers and process operators is high. Power engineers are required in many industries including: pulp and paper, sawmills, oil and gas, refrigeration plants, food processing, mines, utilities, hospitals, universities, public and commercial buildings, and other industrial and manufacturing plants. Canadian law requires Certification to work as a power engineer. The proposed program is driven by the needs of industry and meets the standards established for Interprovincial Certification.


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