Power Engineer

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$34.14 to $46.48 per hour

Other benefits


Not required

What does this job look like at AHS?

AHS employs fourth, third, and second class power engineers to work with various industrial systems. These systems provide heat, air, water and power to health care facilities. Power engineers work on a variety of equipment and machinery including generators, boilers, compressors and refrigeration units. They ensure that industrial systems in health care facilities are operating efficiently and safely and are maintained in accordance with prescribed standards. They ensure the environment is safe and comfortable for patients, clients, health care professionals and visitors.

Fourth class power engineers typically:

  • Assist with monitoring, repairs and maintenance of industrial systems equipment and operations
  • Operate and maintain power plants and other systems in a safe and efficient manner
  • Schedule and check building and plant equipment systems on a pre-established schedule

Third class power engineers are usually responsible for:

  • Performing repairs and inspections on a variety of building equipment and industrial systems
  • Maintaining work on power plant and building equipment as well as mechanical systems
  • Operating and maintaining the plant’s systems in a safe and efficient manner
  • Completing emergency maintenance on building-related systems and equipment

Second class power engineer duties generally include:

  • Monitoring, controlling and regulating the operations of power plants, including maintenance of building and industrial systems
  • Administrating and supervising power plant shift operations, as well as ensuring the security of the plant and plant site
  • Overseeing or performing a variety of maintenance duties
  • Providing leadership, mentoring, training and orientation to other power engineers

Power engineers work in facilities, such as hospitals, where power plants, heating and cooling components or other industrial systems exist. Depending on the facility, power engineers may work with managers, health care professionals, other power engineers, contractors, consultants, supplier representatives and others during their regular work duties. Power engineers may be put in charge of a shift, and may be eligible to apply for positions that supervise other staff and oversee the entire operations of a facility's industrial systems. They also have the opportunity to advance through the various certification levels by obtaining additional training.

Power engineers typically work full-time. In some cases, they may also work part-time or on a call-in (casual) basis. Power engineers can apply for positions that are permanent, temporary or casual depending on facility need. As industrial systems and plants operate around the clock, power engineers’ shift schedules may contain a combination of day, evening, night, weekend and holiday shifts, as well as on-call duty.

During the course of their work, power engineers need to lift, push and pull equipment and supplies. Walking, standing, reaching, kneeling, crouching and crawling may also be required to access equipment and perform job duties. Power engineers may be exposed to a wide variety of conditions, including hot and cold temperatures, humidity and noise. They are required to use mechanical and electric equipment and tools and may come into contact with potentially hazardous chemicals. The very nature of their work requires that power engineers carry out their duties with great care and precision, in accordance with established safety standards.

To learn more visit Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS).

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