November 20, 2019

Onsite Demo: SaskPower

IPEIA 2020 is excited to announce that we have partnered with SaskPower to bring you, our valued delegates, their Power Engineer Mobile Boiler Room Demonstration.

Addressing the Power Engineer Challenge – Innovative Partnerships and Opportunities

Power Engineers are critical to the electrical industry across the country, and these specialized positions are difficult to recruit. While it pays well, the jobs are often located in smaller communities which can make it difficult to recruit qualified workers willing to move to small-town living. SaskPower, in partnership with Technical Safety Association of Saskatchewan (TSASK) and Prairie South Schools launched a new tool in 2014 to help young people in Saskatchewan get the experience they need to fill these important roles. The mobile lab is part of the high school course curricula to explore a career in power engineering and assist youth to make informed career choices.

“SaskPower, and the industry in general, has a hard time recruiting first and second class power engineers. Most of them take their first two or three levels and then stop. We feel that by raising awareness of the trade, the number of applicants into the program will increase, and will result in more first and second class power engineers in the industry”, said Howard Matthews, Vice-President, Power Production, SaskPower. “We have to plan for the future, so we are investing in students now.” Keeping it local and building homegrown talent is the name of the game as SaskPower sets out to fill the power engineering gap.

SaskPower built a 39’ x 9’ lab to act as a mobile boiler room on wheels. Students receive an orientation on how to use the equipment along with rigorous safety and risk management assessment education. The function for the lab is to allow the students to gain “hands on” boiler experience by following the written start-up and shut down procedures of the heating system. Students are supervised at all times by a qualified Power Engineer while working in the lab.

The mobile boiler lab consists of a 10 Horsepower Steam Boiler, a finned radiator heat rejection unit, and all the necessary auxiliaries that a person may find in a typical Heating and Ventilation Unit (HVAC) in a school, mall or hospital. The 10 Horsepower boiler uses propane to create steam in the boiler at 65 PSI. This steam is transported through a piping scheme that resembles the style found in large building HVAC systems, to an air cooled finned radiator. Cool air is drawn in from outside the trailer, heated as it is passes through the radiator, and forced into the lab area for trailer heating purposes with the excess returned to the exterior of the trailer. The lab utilizes an External Lighting generator, which supplies power to all the heating system steam cycle components and auxiliaries.

For more information on SaskPower, visit their website!
To visit the on-site demo visit our registration desk at IPEIA to sign up for a time slot… it will be first come, first serve!

Tuesday – SaskPower: Power Engineer Mobile Boiler Room Demos

Ampitheatre Stage 1:00 – 1:45 PM
2:00 – 2:45 PM
3:00 – 3:45 PM
4:00 – 4:45 PM

Wednesday – SaskPower: Power Engineer Mobile Boiler Room Demos

Ampitheatre Stage 10:00 – 10:45 AM
11:00 – 11:45 AM
2:20 – 3:05 PM
3:20 – 4:05 PM
4:10 – 4:55 PM

Thursday – SaskPower: Power Engineer Mobile Boiler Room Demos

Ampitheatre Stage 9:05 – 9:50 AM
9:55 – 10:40 AM
10:45 – 11:30 PM
11:35 – 12:20 PM
1:30 – 2:15 PM
2:20 – 3:05 PM
3:10 – 3:45 PM
3:55 – 4:30 PM

Friday – SaskPower: Power Engineer Mobile Boiler Room Demos

Ampitheatre Stage 8:05 – 8:40 AM
8:45 – 9:20 AM
9:25 – 10:00 AM