Power Engineers maintain and operate heating and power plants, refrigeration systems and auxiliary equipment like pumps, compressors, steam turbines, electrical generators, cooling towers and water treatment systems. Power Engineers typically work in commercial facilities like hospitals, schools and apartment buildings, or industrial facilities like mines, mills, power generation stations and petrochemical plants.
Power engineers play an integral role managing and operating large systems as energy demands continue to grow. They operate equipment for our comfort and various applications that impact our daily lives. Today’s power engineers learn about renewable energy and environmentally-friendly power systems, and help find sustainable energy solutions.
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Power Engineers typically posses good mechanical and electrical aptitude. Communication skills, good vision, manual dexterity, and decision-making are assets.
Plants are certified and regulated by Technical Safety BC and plant size determines the certification required, ranging from 5th and 4th class for small plants to 2nd and 1st class certificates required for larger plants.
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