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Job Trends – Canada – Power Engineer

Posted on October 27, 2020
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Power Engineer jobs in Canada

The job of power engineers is to operate and maintain machines like generators, boilers, turbines, reactors, engines and equipment used to generate light, heat and other utilities. Power engineers can find employment in power generation plants, electrical power utilities, manufacturing plants, hospitals, universities, government institutions and commercial establishments.

Job prospects for power engineers

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The median wage for this profession is approximately 35 dollars per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where it is 40 dollars per hour.

Community/Area Wages ($/hour)
Low Median High
Canada 21.00 35.00 55.00
Alberta 21.00 40.00 60.63
British Columbia 22.76 32.00 52.00
Manitoba 19.56 31.29 49.00
New Brunswick 18.00 25.00 40.89
Newfoundland and Labrador 22.50 34.50 46.00
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia 13.55 30.00 43.50
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 21.60 38.43 57.00
Prince Edward Island 19.77 24.00 36.06
Quebec 16.00 27.72 45.00
Saskatchewan 23.57 37.00 55.00
Yukon Territory N/A N/A N/A

Skills required

  • Analytical skills
    • Analyze information
    • Planning
    • Projection of outcomes
    • Research and investigation
  • Communication skills
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Documentation
  • Business, Finance and Management skills
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Design
    • Engineering

3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for power engineers in most provinces of Canada.

Location Job prospects
Alberta Fair
British Columbia Fair
Manitoba Fair
New Brunswick Good
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair
Northwest Territories Limited
Nova Scotia Fair
Nunavut Undetermined
Ontario Fair
Prince Edward Island Fair
Quebec Fair
Saskatchewan Fair
Yukon Territory Fair

10-year predictions

There will be more job openings than job seekers for this position in the next ten years. Vacancies may not get filled due to skill shortage.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school education.
  • A college training program in stationary or power engineering and several years of work experience in the field.
  • Power engineers require, according to class, a provincial or territorial power engineering or stationary engineering certificate.
  • In Nova Scotia and Quebec, stationary engineering trade qualification according to class (4th, 3rd, 2nd or 1st class) is mandatory and available, but is voluntary in New Brunswick.
  • Power system operators are required to complete a three- to five-year apprenticeship program for power system operators or more than three years of industrial work experience and other electrical and electronic technology college or industry courses.
  • Trade certification is available, but is voluntary for Newfoundland and Labrador power system operators.
  • Nuclear power plant control room operators need a license from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

Professional license requirements

Before you can start practicing, you may need to get a professional license from a regulatory authority. Depending upon the profession, licensing may be compulsory or voluntary.

  • You must get a license before you can practice the profession and use the professional title if the license is compulsory.
  • You don’t need to be licensed to practice this profession if the certification is voluntary.

Responsibilities of power engineers

  • Clean and lubricate machines and machinery
  • Analyze and document readings of instruments and malfunctions of devices
  • Service of hydro, thermal and nuclear power plant equipment
  • Regulate and coordinate the loads, frequency and line voltage of the transmission
  • Write documentation of plant or building activities
  • Assist in finding and isolating issues with the device
  • Issuing jobs and checking licenses for workers in electrical and mechanical maintenance
  • Assist in the development of procedures for service, repair and protection
  • Operate computerized or automatic control systems
  • Perform scheduled maintenance of equipment
  • Troubleshooting, taking corrective steps or minor repairs
  • Assist during routine testing of systems
  • Track and inspect plant equipment and systems to identify malfunctions of equipment and to ensure that plant systems normally operate
  • Keep a regular record of operations, repairs and security activities

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