Energy and Mining

Purpose  The aim of the Energy and Mining program is to provide students with information, skills and abilities that will both make them knowledgeable and responsible citizens and prepare them to pursue careers or employment opportunities in energy and mining industries and/or the services supporting them.

In addition to fostering information-based environmental responsibility and providing job and workplace-related skills and knowledge, the course will provide desirable background for entry into the work force or related programs at colleges, technical institutes and universities.

Energy Literacy  It is critical that Alberta students have access to information required to make informed energy decisions, or simply to understand the complex landscape of energy prices, efficiency, environmental impacts, regulations, and technical aspects of the energy industry.

SAIT along with Father Patrick Mercredi High School, are currently in the process of developing a centralized source of energy information as a knowledge resource for teachers. A supporting education and awareness campaign will also be developed with multiple information tracks and delivery channels geared towards teachers across Alberta.  

CTS Content  The courses selected for the Energy and Mining program are as follows:

  • PRS1020 – Non-renewable Resources
  • PRS1010 – Overview of Alberta Geology
  • PRS1060 – Consumer Products and services
  • PRS2030 – Non-Conventional Hydrocarbon Exploration
  • PRS2060 – Refining Hydrocarbons

  • PRS1910 – PRS Project A

Selection of Courses  These courses were selected for the following reasons:                                                                                                                                                       

  • Main industry in the area of Alberta                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • High growth field with high employment demands                                                                                                                                                
  • Opportunity to be employed close to home                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Worldwide opportunities                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Knowledge is transferable to conventional oil and gas                                                                                                                                                  
  • Diverse employment prospect in many related fields 

Portfolios  A personal career portfolio is a valuable organizer of student projects and assignments. It encourages students to collect examples of their work as they progress through the various activities, labs and projects. Selecting particular items to include in a portfolio encourages students to reflect on what they have learned or accomplished and what they have yet to learn. Portfolio items may include: journal notes, drafts, photographs, audio or video tapes, computer discs, sketches and drawings, etc. Portfolios may be used for peer, teacher, self-assessment and as a format to present selected works to parents, post-secondary institutions or potential employers. In addition, the portfolio can demonstrate the link between home, school and community in the student’s education. Each student should have a portfolio representing his or her work during the course. 

Instructional Resources  To support the principle of Resource-based Learning, a variety of instructional resources have been evaluated and recommended for the teaching and learning of Energy and Mines.

Assessment and Evaluation  Student assessment and evaluation is an important part of teaching as it allows the teacher to plan and adapt instruction to meet the specific needs of each student. It also allows the teacher to discuss the current successes and challenges with students and report progress to the parent or guardian. It is important that teachers use a variety of assessment and evaluation strategies to evaluate student progress.

It is important that the teacher discuss the evaluation strategies to be used in the course, when the evaluation can be expected to occur and the weighting of each evaluation strategy and how it relates to the overall student evaluation. The weighting of the evaluation should be determined in relation to the amount of time spent and emphasis placed on each area of the course as suggested in the curriculum guidelines.

The Energy and Mines program provides many opportunities for teachers to use a variety of instructional and evaluation strategies.

Preferred Consideration Opportunities at SAIT  Work with SAIT to put in place a Memorandum of Agreement of Preferential Consideration for programs offered at your High School. 

  •      Petroleum Engineering Technology Diploma
  •      Chemical Engineering Technology Diploma
  •      Energy Asset Management Diploma
  •      Petroleum Land Administration Certificate
  •      Water Treatment Operator-New

Teachers in other jurisdictions will have to take training from SAIT instructors in order to give students at their school this opportunity. 

WEBSITES Especially for Teachers and Educators Canadian on-line resources, and information about other educational material on energy that is available to your school.

Canada Science and Technology Museum – School Zone
 Classroom resources, teacher development opportunities, lesson plans, virtual programs, and student-friendly information on energy.

Canadian Centre for Energy Information – Energy Education
 Classroom resources and student-friendly information on all energy types.

SEEDS Foundation Energy Literacy Series – Learning Tools
 Click on the apple icon to access lesson plans and tools, or to order a free teacher CD.

Canadian Atlas Online
 Click “Explore By Themes” to access student-friendly information, lesson plans, and games related to energy systems.

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission – Educational Resources
 Student-friendly information and games related to nuclear science.

Energy in Action
 A program on oil and natural gas resources and the importance of environmental stewardship, run by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and delivered to grade 4 and 5 classes in western Canada.

Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada – KIDS CLUB 
Learn about energy conservation with Spector Joules or discover energy activities in the Energy and Environment activity book. A variety of classroom activities related to energy are available for teachers.

 Play a game, take an eco-challenge, test your environmental know-how, or research a project for school using the homework helper– all in one site offered by Earth Day Canada.

The Nuclear Science Technology High School Curriculum Website
 A site of the Canadian Nuclear Association; providing classroom resources and student-friendly information on nuclear energy.

Get in Touch

Father Mercredi High School
455 Silin Forest Rd
Fort McMurray, AB,
T9H 4V6
Phone: (780) 799-5725
Fax:  (780) 799-5740

To report attendance
General Inquiries

Ms. Lisa Miller

Vice Principals
Mrs. Kirsten McConnell

Mr. Jeff Power

Mrs. Daron Van Lingen

Learning Coaches

Bob Van Thiel

Eithne Pierre



Mrs. Jamie Beaton (extension 5416)

Mrs. Trudy Finnson (extension 5512)

Classroom Support Teachers

Christa DeMerchant (extension 5413)

Jennifer O’Brien (extension 5415)

Science & Technology Centre

Mr. Tim Kilburn-Project Consultant

FNMI Aboriginal Liaisons

TrudieAnn Plamondon (extension 5477) Grade 10-12

Kayla Aikins (extension 5516) Grade 7-9