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Power Engineer

Power engineers operate and maintain the equipment that generates and controls electrical power and other utilities for commercial, institutional and industrial buildings and other work sites.


  • Operate automated or computerized control systems, stationary engines and auxiliary equipment such as reactors, boilers, turbines, generators, pumps, compressors, pollution control devices and other equipment to generate electrical power and to provide light, heat, ventilation and refrigeration for buildings, industrial plants and other work sites

  • Start up and shut down power plant equipment, control switching operations, regulate water levels and communicate with systems operators to regulate and coordinate transmission loads, frequency and line voltages

  • Monitor and inspect plant equipment, computer terminals, switches, valves, gauges, alarms, meters and other instruments to measure temperature, pressure and fuel flow to detect leaks or other equipment malfunctions and to ensure plant equipment is operating at maximum efficiency

  • Analyze and record instrument readings and equipment malfunctions

  • Troubleshoot and perform corrective action and minor repairs to prevent equipment or system failure

  • Respond to emergency situations if required

  • Clean and lubricate generators, turbines, pumps and compressors and perform other routine equipment maintenance duties using appropriate lubricants and hand, power and precision tools

  • Maintain a daily log of operation, maintenance and safety activities, and write reports on plant operation and non-compliance

  • May assist in the development of operation, maintenance and safety procedures.


  • Completion of a college training program in power engineering and several years of work experience.

  • A provincial or territorial power engineering certificate.


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