Welcome to our Power Engineering program!

What is a Power Engineer?

Power engineering is probably one of the best kept secrets in the professional world today. Ask the average person on the street what a power engineer does and not many will be able to come up with an answer.

A Power Engineer operates and maintains large boilers that supply steam for industrial plants and manufacturing processes such oil and gas refining, pulp and paper production and power generation. They also operate and maintain heating and cooling systems in large industrial, institutional and commercial buildings.

Help Meet a Growing Demand

This has been the case for many years and has brought industry to a growing shortage of Power Engineers right across Canada. With the average age of the Power Engineer in Ontario at 52, there are simply not enough new engineers entering the profession to cover the rates of retirement over the next several years.

My Background

I have been a Power Engineer for over 30 years, and have been Second Class certified since 1991. Power Engineering has been the main stay of my career. It has provided me with a good living, a challenging work environment and the opportunity to grow and advance.

I am also a graduate of the Mechanical Engineering Technician program here at Confederation College. These two fields have complimented each other very well both in the workplace over the years and more recently in the classroom. I joined the College faculty in 2010 in the Power Engineering program and found that I had an undiscovered enthusiasm for teaching.

My Student’s Achievements

Since my first graduating class headed for the workforce in June 2012, many more have since come through the program and are employed Canada wide. I am very proud of the work they have put into their studies, and will remember the challenges we overcame, and the fun we had in the process.

I sincerely hope that you will join me in your journey towards becoming a Power Engineering professional. It is my fondest wish to cultivate many more great learning memories and I hope you will be a part of it.

Contact Me

I do not recall a period in time that has been better to enter this challenging and rewarding career. If you wish to discuss the program, or perhaps take a tour of the Power Engineering Lab, please do not hesitate to contact me for an appointment.

Wesley Grace
Program Coordinator,
Power Engineering Technician Program
Phone: (807) 475-6247