Power engineers in Alberta are responsible for supervising, operating, and maintaining the equipment that provides power to a specified area. This includes refrigeration, heat, and other types of power services. Power engineers ensure adequate utility maintenance for industrial and commercial facilities.
The Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA) certifies Alberta’s power engineers. Employees proceed through five standardized levels of certification, beginning with a Fifth-Class certificate and advancing to a First-Class certificate. Employment experience is required to advance from one certification to the next.
Alberta Power Engineer Job Market
In Alberta, the Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators occupation group is expected to enjoy an average annual growth of 0.8 per cent between 2013 and 2017. This equates to about 21 new positions each year, in addition to those created by job turnover. As baby boomers hit retirement age, turnover is expected to increase.
Power engineers in Alberta can find employment in many locations, including gas plants, petrochemical plants, breweries, refineries, hospitals, hotels, food production plants, pulp mills, schools, and office complexes. 78 per cent of professionals in this field are employed in manufacturing, utilities, mining, or oil and gas extraction industries in Alberta.
Power Engineer Salaries in Alberta
In Alberta, power engineers and other professionals in the stationary engineers and auxiliary equipment operators occupational group typically earn C$31.90 to C$40.30 an hour. The average hourly wage is C$36.79. Power engineers in Alberta typically work 44.6 hours a week, giving them an average annual salary of C$84,194.
Average starting wages for a power engineer are about C$23.72. Competition is fiercest at the bottom for those with a Third, Fourth, and Fifth-Class certification. Workers who diligently work their way up to the top of their field can command hourly wages of as much as C$59.44 in the 95th percentile for their field.