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Job Trends – Canada – Power Engineer

Posted on October 27, 2020
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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

Power engineers-NOC 9241

All jobs available in the labour market in Canada are classified as per the National Classification Code (NOC). Each of the occupation groups has a unique NOC code assigned.

In Canada, an individual working in an occupation with NOC 9241 can expect to earn somewhere between CAD 21.62/hour and CAD 57.70/hour.

The median wage for this profession is approximately CAD 38.85 per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where it is CAD 45.00 per hour.


Prevailing Hourly wages for NOC 9241 in Canada

Low Median High
CANADA 21.62 38.85 57.70
Province/ Territory Low Median High
Alberta 26.07 45.00 63.00
British Columbia 27.20 38.12 57.00
Manitoba 25.27 37.20 49.70
New Brunswick 18.75 25.98 43.00
Newfoundland and Labrador 20.50 32.00 45.00
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia 15.00 32.50 43.00
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 23.08 41.00 58.00
Prince Edward Island 21.00 25.00 43.27
Quebec 17.00 27.00 52.00
Saskatchewan 23.57 44.58 58.50
Yukon N/A N/A N/A



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Skills/Knowledge required for NOC 9241 in Canada

Generally, the following essential skills will be required for working in Canada as an power engineer –

Essential skills ·         Reading

·         Document use

·         Writing

·         Numeracy

·         Oral communication

·         Thinking

·         Digital technology


Other essential skills ·         Working with others

·         Continuous learning

3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for this profession is fair in most of the provinces of Canada.

Future job prospects for NOC 9241 in Canada, by province and territory.

Job prospects Location in Canada
Good New Brunswick
Fair ·         Alberta

·         British Columbia

·         Manitoba

·         Newfoundland and Labrador

·         Nova Scotia

·         Ontario

·         Prince Edward Island

·         Quebec

·         Saskatchewan

·         Yukon

Limited Northwest Territories
Undetermined Nunavut


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 specific 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.

Do find out if your occupation is regulated in the specific province or territory in Canada.

Provincial regulation requirements in Canada for NOC 9241 

(Note. NOC 9241 is regulated in all the provinces listed below.) 

Location Job Title Regulatory body 
Alberta Power Engineer Alberta Boilers Safety Association
British Columbia Boiler Operator Technical Safety BC
Power Engineer
Refrigeration Operator
Manitoba Power Engineer Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner
Newfoundland and Labrador Power Systems Operator Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division, Department of Advanced Education and Skills of Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia Power Engineer Technical Safety Division, Labour and Advanced Education
Ontario Facilities Mechanic Ontario College of Trades
Facilities Technician
Process Operator (power)
Operator Technical Standards and Safety Authority
Operating Engineer
Prince Edward Island Power Engineer Department of Communities, Land, and Environment, Prince Edward Island Government
Quebec Distribution System Controller Emploi Québec
Stationary Engine Mechanic
Saskatchewan Power Engineer Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan

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

Permanent residence in Canada can be acquired through various pathways.

The most sought-after Canada immigration routes for a foreign skilled worker are – the Express Entry system, and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

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