Skeena Technical School is the only Private Power Engineering School in British Columbia that is both Technical Safety British Columbia (TSBC) boilers branch accredited and Private Technical Instituion Branch (PTIB) certified that is offering a power engineering course with combined 1000 hours of practical work experience or “firing time” to allow our students to write and pass their TSBC certification as a 4th Class Power Engineer. Students at Skeena Technical will alternate classroom time with laboratory and practical work experience over a 50 week course.
Many students qualify academically from other certified institutions but are still unable to fulfil the many career opportunities available due to a lack of practical hands-on “firing time” work experience required to gain their certification from the TSBC. Our aim is to mimic an industrial setting as closely as possible to make our graduates more JOB ready. Intakes to classes of up to 4 students per month to a maximum class size of 16 students ensures a close knit work experience for you as a student and a worker.
We offer full courses with practical, classroom and laboratory learning for students new to Power Engineering and we also offer opportunities for those who have completed diploma or correspondence course study elsewhere and need further practical experience to certify (see distant learning options).
Certified and adequately experienced power engineers are in short supply across Canada, many other schools offer an accelerated program to get your certification, but the failure rates on writing TSBC exams are indicative of why we take a year to make sure you pass with an 80% plus class average on TSBC exams. The possibility of a job and career prospects in a market where presently slowed for new graduates means you need an edge to compete in that market. Talented and committed candidates can still find positions in numerous industry settings if you have valuable old school hands-on experience (6 months).
Our courses are suitable for those with an aptitude for engineering and hold a very strong work ethic. Skeena Technical School requires a grade 12 education or its equivalent; i.e., that is the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT). Each candidate will be thorough assessed for aptitude. Candidates should also be prepared for the financial commitment to their training. Financial assistance may be available, subject to criteria, with our partner bank.
Skeena Technical School provides standardized formal training based on SOPEEC curriculum and syllabi and is accredited by the Technical Safety British Columbia (TSBC) Boilers Branch (formally known as the BC Safety Authority) to teach Power Engineering courses.