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Power Engineering

We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year

Start Date: September

Location: Marine Training Centre

Length: 1 Year

Credential: Certificate, 4th Class Power Engineer

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

Power engineers are responsible for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of boilers, turbines, and refrigeration and air conditioning in commercial or industrial buildings.

Your knowledge of math and physics will be paired with the mechanical and technical knowledge needed to begin a career as a 4th Level power engineer. You will learn how to troubleshoot issues and make repairs on a variety of equipment. Courses include Mathematics, Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Plant Services, Prime Movers, Refrigeration/Air Conditioning, Electricity, and Plant Safety.

Students enrolled in the 4th Class Power Engineering program will have access to a functioning power lab and a thermal generating plant simulator, both of which are provided on-site, offering you the opportunity to troubleshoot and resolve issues with the types of equipment that you’ll encounter when you start your career. 

This full-time program is designed for students without any previous experience in the field. Students attend face-to-face classes to obtain their Holland College Power Engineer certificate and then must successfully pass the PEI Provincial Exam to become a licensed power engineer.

As you acquire more qualifying experience and training, you will be able to upgrade your classification through the provincial certification process. 

  • Grade 12 academic
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.


2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

1 Year



Tuition $14,238 $19,338
Fees $837 $1,587
Other Costs - -
Total $ 15,075 $ 20,925

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

Tuition $ 14,238
Student Union $ 172
Graduation Fee $ 100
Health Insurance Fee $ 445
Total $ 15,075
1st installment due September 5 $ 9,380
2nd installment due January 8 $ 5,695 

International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

Tuition* $ 19,338
Student Union $ 172
Graduation Fee $ 100
Health Insurance Fee $ 1,195
Total $ 20,925
1st installment due September 5 $ 15,230
2nd installment due January 8 $ 5,695

*Includes the International Student Fee.

  • Power plants
  • Waste treatment plants
  • Wind power sites
  • Refineries
  • Chemical plants
  • Food processing plants
  • Large building complexes
  • Other industries that utilize large industrial equipment

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Values:0

Course Code:EENG-1000

Applied Mechanics and Thermodynamics

This course focuses on the fundamental principles,of mechanics and thermodynamics, and their,application to solve real-world problems faced by,power engineers. Topics include, dynamics, work,and energy, momentum, rotational motion, as well,as the laws of thermodynamics and heat transfer,mechanisms.


Course Code:EENG-1010

Introduction to Boilers and Boiler,Systems

This course provides an introduction to boilers,and boiler systems, covering the basic principles,of design, operation, common types of boilers, and,their applications. Topics include the functions,of key components such as burners, feedwater,systems, and safety devices, as well as the,importance of proper maintenance. Students gain an,understanding of the different types of fuels used,in boilers, and their impact on efficiency and,emissions.


Course Code:EENG-1020

Electrotechnology & Instrumentation and,Controls

Students learn the fundamentals of electricity as,well as the design and operation of electrical,equipment used in its production and distribution.,Emphasis is placed on the instrumentation and,control devices and systems commonly encountered,in plant operations.


Course Code:EENG-1030

Material Science and the Environment

Students learn the environmental considerations,relating to the operation of a plant, as well as,measures that are taken to reduce pollution and,the impact on your surroundings. Materials used in,engineering, and the welding processes and testing,methods relevant to plant and Power Engineering,are also explored.


Course Code:EENG-1040

Jurisdiction Legislation, Plant Safety,,And Industrial Communications

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Course Code:EENG-1050

Power Engineering Lab A

Students are introduced to general plant safety,,safety programs, and personal protective,equipment. Students gain practical experience,using tools and equipment commonly found in,industry.


Course Code:EENG-1100

Lubrication, Pumps and Compressors, and,Prime Movers

Students learn the principles of lubrication,,bearing care and maintenance, and the fundamentals,of pumps and compressors as they pertain to plant,operations. In addition, the construction,,operation, maintenance of steam turbines, cooling,towers, condensers, gas turbines, and internal,combustion engines are also covered.


Course Code:EENG-1105

Boiler Safety Devices, Operations,Management, and Water Treatment

Students learn about the design, operation, and,code requirements for pressure relief valves,,combustion safety controls, and boiler fittings,,as well as procedures for boiler/plant startup,,shutdown, monitoring, reporting, and cleaning. In,addition, water treatment methods, tests, and,equipment for various applications are also,explored.


Course Code:EENG-1110

Refrigeration Systems

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of,refrigeration and refrigerant handling, as well as,the purpose and operating principles of,compression and absorption refrigeration systems,with an emphasis on operational and safety,controls.


Course Code:EENG-1115

Heating, Cooling, and Hvac Systems

Students learn the methods and techniques for,heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC),for human health and comfort, as well as the,equipment and systems commonly encountered by,Power Engineers. Operating principles and,maintenance procedures for steam, hot water and,infrared systems, and combined types of HVAC,systems are also explored with attention given to,heat gain and loss, heat recovery methods, and,HVAC control strategies.


Course Code:EENG-1120

Industrial Plants, Plant Maintenance,,And Auxiliary Systems

This course explores the processes and procedures,used to service and maintain boiler systems in a,safe and effective manner. Plant auxiliary,systems, including lighting systems, water,systems, and building lighting system design,,water supply systems, and drainage systems are,also covered.


Course Code:EENG-1125

Power Engineering Lab B

In Power Engineering Lab B, students continue to,apply general plant safety practices and,techniques that were introduced in Lab A as well,as safe handling and storage of dangerous,materials found in the workplace.


Course Code:NCPR-1001

Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

A comprehensive two-day course offering standard,first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),skills from a certified trainer. As required by,regulation, this course covers CPR and the,management of other breathing, airway and,circulation emergencies, as well as, the control,of bleeding, treating shock, stabilizing,fractures and dislocations, head and spine,injuries, and more. Also, includes automated,external defibrilators (AED). This certification,expires in 3 years.


Course Code:NCPR-1002

Workplace Hazardous Materials,Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials,Information System (WHMIS) training and,certification.


Course Code:NCPR-1550

Preparatory Math Topics

This refresher course provides a review of the,fundamental math skills that are required of,students in the Power Engineering program.


Course Code:PRAC-1200

Power Engineering, 4th Class On-The-Job,Training I

On-the-job training provides students with an,opportunity to apply skills and knowledge,acquired in the Power Engineering, 4th Class,program to a relevant work environment. OJT,participants are expected to assume, with,appropriate supervision, the duties and,responsibilities normally expected of an,entry-level employee in a similar position. ,Using their own observations and initiative,,students are expected to acquire and apply new,skills as may be expected of a new employee in,their respective workplace setting.


Course Code:PRAC-1210

Power Engineering, 4th Class On-the-Job,Training II

In this second On-the-job training experiece,,students further apply their skills and knowledge,to a relevant work environment. OJT participants,are expected to assume, with appropriate,supervision, the duties and responsibilities,normally expected of an entry-level employee in a,similar position. Using their own observations,and initiative, students are expected to acquire,and apply new skills as may be expected of a new,employee in their respective workplace setting.