4th Class Power Engineering Mentorship Program

The 4th Class Power Engineering learner pathway provides a meaningful career development opportunity for high school students. Suitably qualified and motivated students have the opportunity to enroll in a Power Engineering technical training program while attending high school. Students receive credits toward a high school diploma and at the same time have the opportunity to meet requirements for a 4th Class Power Engineering certificate.

The program was developed in response to needs and strategic priorities identified by government for both our education system and tomorrow‟s workforce.  Industry has indicated a shortage of trained and experienced power engineers, now and in the foreseeable future. Power engineers are essential to the safe operation of Alberta‟s industrial sites and building complexes. The pathway and mentorship program provides a way of brings “home grown” power engineers to potential employers in both rural and urban Alberta.

Intake takes place in April-June of each school year. Parents of both High Schools will receive information on the upcoming intake of students for the 2014-2015 school year and are invited to attend an information meeting with details on how to register their child.  There is a substantial additional cost for this program as it requires the purchase of textbooks and materials from N.A.I.T.  This program normally takes 3 years for a high school student to complete.

Program development has involved local industry, educators, government and communities so as to fully explore needs and opportunities across Alberta. Key partners in program development and delivery are:
۰ schools and school systems
۰ post-secondary institutions offering the 4th Class Power Engineering program
۰ local industry
۰ Alberta Education and Advanced Education
۰ Alberta Boiler Safety Association
۰ CAREERS: the Next Generation

The Power Engineering pathway and mentorship model involves a distributed or shared approach to program delivery. Responsibilities for delivering theoretical and practical training components are shared by the local school, post-secondary institution and industry partner.

A hybrid model for instruction is used involving distance and online learning combined with face-to-face mentoring, followed by laboratory-based and practical real-time workplace experience. All school-based and workplace learning is supervised by both a certified teacher and certified power engineer.

A student spends all or most of the first and second semester in grade 10, 11 and 12 completing a full course load (i.e., normal high school course requirements in core subject areas and theory components of power engineering as part of the complementary high school program).

Successful achievement in both core subject areas and theory components of the power engineering program enables the student to spend up to 320 supervised internship hours each summer obtaining post-secondary lab training and working as a full-time paid intern in a local heating or power plant.

Participating industry will annually provide to CAREERS: The Next Generation the internship opportunities available for students who wish to enroll in the program.

Students earn high school credits applicable to meeting Alberta High School Diploma requirements in Career and Technology Studies and Work Experience. Upon successfully completing the power engineering program and certification exams, students also receive a 4th Class Power Engineering certificate and post-secondary credit transferable to further study in the field of power engineering.

For more information on this exciting program, please download the Power Engineering Brochure or contact

Lynda Cachia Off Campus Coordinator at 780-799-5725 or on email at lynda.cachia@fmcsd.ab.ca

Websites That May Be of Interest To Students

ABSA the pressure equipment safety authority, is authorized by the Alberta Government for the administration and delivery of safety programs related to boilers, pressure vessels and pressure piping systems in Alberta.

To ensure that the safety concerns of the public are addressed and to accommodate obsolete and changing technologies, ABSA participates in the development of legislative changes, policies, guidelines, directives and procedures.

The Institute of Power Engineers is a professional organization made up of Power Engineers and people working in related fields.


ABSA Identified Power Engineering Program List can be found at – ABSA Identified Programs

Educational Institutes

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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