Job requirements Power Engineer in Canada
National Occupational Classification update
We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "power engineer" was moved from the group Power engineers and power systems operators (NOC 9241) to the group Power engineers and power systems operators (NOC 92100).
Find out what you typically need to work as a power engineer in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Power engineers and power systems operators (NOC 92100).
This is what you typically need for the job.
- Trade certification is available, but voluntary for power engineers in Nova Scotia.
- Completion of secondary school is usually required.
- Control room operators at nuclear power plants require licensing from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
- Power systems operators require completion of a three- to five-year power system operator apprenticeship program or over three years of work experience in the trade and some college or industry courses in electrical and electronic technology.
- Power engineers require a provincial or territorial power engineering certificate according to class. There are five classes in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia while there are four classes in Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut territories.
- Trade certification is available, but voluntary for power systems operators in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Source National Occupational Classification
Professional certification and licensing
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