Elk Falls Workers

Campbell River B.C.

4th Class Power Engineering Course coming this fall.

Any of you who signed up with North Island College at the oil and gas information session back in early June would have gotten this email already but for others who may be interested, here is what we’ve been told so far. Once we receive more info, we’ll post that as well.


North Island College in collaboration with BCIT has dedicated resources to address the design of a face to face local Power Engineering – 4th Class program, to meet the immediate training needs of local displaced workers across the North Island.

Instructor: We have successfully recruited a former BCIT instructor who has recently relocated to Courtenay.  A formal introduction to the instructor will roll out via email mid July.

Firing Time:We continue to seek support and advise re: firing time and related protocols. Post-secondary institutions have no authority as to firing time, however we are seeking guidance from Regional Safety Authority, as we recognize the value of firing time with respect to your training and career goals.

Program Introduction:The 4th Class Power Engineering program provides instruction to learners pursuing their Class 4 Power Engineering credential.   Power engineers maintain, operate, and manage pressurized equipment and systems. Power engineers operate, maintain, and manage industrial plants that use equipment such as boilers and refrigeration units. In every Canadian province and territory, only certified power engineers are permitted to operate such equipment.  The BCIT Power Engineering programs provides students with the theory and skills to prepare students to complete the interprovincial exams to become a certified power engineer. Certification is based on training requirements and examinations as administered by the BC Safety Authority.

Program Pre-requisites:Those who wish to enroll in the program are required to have a good command of written English.  It is advised that applicants have a minimum of Math 11 to complete the program.

Application Process:Program applicants will register directly with North Island College and the official registration date will be announced by July 13, 2009.

DRAFT Program Schedule:The following program schedule has been determined based on required time to complete training plans and secure relevant funding.   The schedule provides learners with study time during the day.

Full time, Face to Face Program.  December break due to required study/prep for Paper B and Christmas Break.

  • Fourth Class Paper A – 320 hour of instruction over 12 weeks
    • Dates:  September 14 – December 4 , 2009
    • Hours: 3:00-5:30pm; ½ hour break; 6-8:30pm
  • Fourth Class Paper B – 320 hours of instruction over 12 weeks
    • Dates:  January 4 – March 26, 2010
    • Hours: 3:00-5:30pm; ½ hour break; 6-8:30pm
  • Additional time will be required for firing time.

Tuition : To be confirmed once we acquire additional details as to options specific to firing time.

July 13, 2009 - Posted by | Employment Opportunities, General, News


  1. …But no-thanks. BCIT is WAY cheaper!

    Paper A: $6,280.00
    Paper B: $6,280.00
    Firing : $5,299.00
    Total $17,859.00

    Who’s teaching this? King Richard?

    Comment by Thanks | July 20, 2009 | Reply

    • yes $18000.00 and then you have to find a place to live in Vancouver. They do realize we are laid off with minimum funds available, might as well be a million bucks.

      Comment by Rob H | July 22, 2009 | Reply

      • 4th Class power can be taken through BCIT correspondence for tuition around $300.00 and the cost of books which is approximately $800.00. Community development trust has paid for mine. It is quicker to pay and then submit required forms after in order for the trust to pay

        Comment by Grant Hall | August 20, 2009

      • $4000 cap put on retraining for ei candidates by good ol gordie campbell, legislated this past week. was going to go to NIC in CR as power 4th class in Jan 2010. now i can’t because i can’t seem to find 16,000 bucks. ya, it would be great to do it by correspondence, but e.i doesn’t recognize this as going to school full time. now how do you come up $5,000 for firing time?

        Comment by Aaron | December 2, 2009

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