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July, 2018

The focus of the IPE is the support and education of its members. The National Directors hold monthly conference calls to discuss topic of importance to the profession. Topics discussed can relate to specific jurisdictions, regulatory concerns, membership issues, etc. This month’s highlights of the discussion are:
  1. Manitoba Area’s Professional Development – Air compressor system efficiencies and alignment of equipment.
  2. IPECC Report
  3. BC Collaboration Day in September 14th, 2018 Agenda.
Manitoba Area’s Professional Development

Besides obtaining your certificate of qualification, when or where do you get additional professional development that relates directly to Power Engineers? You need to stay on top of the new trends in technology. Keep your skills up to date. Network with those in the industry. Sure, your employer ensures you take the appropriate courses like First Aid and WHIMS etc. But, these are for the place work and bring no value for you as the operator (manager?) of energy systems as true professional development.

The Manitoba Area IPE will be providing Power Engineers locally the opportunity to learn about air compressor system efficiencies and the benefits of properly aligned equipment. While we all know these are aspects from our education; having industrial experts provide the reinforcement of these concepts and fundamentals can be beneficial. There will also be the ability to see first hand the latest technology and the associated financial benefits. The location, date and time will be announced in August.

IPECC – continuing education- discussion re: second class – multiple choice

The first day the morning consisted of the usual business of agenda approvals, old business, sponsor recognition, SOPECC exam coordinator info topics; which also included a breakout session for the Assessment of the 4th class, the future of power engineering and plant registry; and then continuing education for power engineers. The afternoon resulted in more intense discussions around the aspects of the future of engineering; comments included why aren’t third class engineers advancing to the second-class level; and why second class engineers are not wanting to advance to the first class level. A few ideas were presented as to what sort of incentive is needed, from more money to self-fulfillment. One topic that also stood center stage was what can the power engineer add to his/her industry as a value-added feature? Not just only sitting at the control room board.

The Continuing Education group focused upon what does a PE need for continuing education in terms of upgrading themselves and how does that look like and achieved? Who determines what a PE needs for upgrading in his/her regional district. Most of the area representatives indicated the need for better knowledge of the local regulations; a first step to ensure that PE'S are kept up to date on legislation and regulation changes.

In Alberta, the IPE Alberta Area is looking at establishing a process to proceed with having IPE members taking a relative course every, one, two, or three years to maintain renewal of their certificate. This initiative would be monitored by the IPE and recorded in a data base for the future. The idea stems from other PE’S across Canada coming to the province to practice their craft in the profession. Additional ideas floated around whether we really needed this. Should we be looking elsewhere for solutions? (welding, inspections, mentoring of other PE’s). This subject is certainly not closed.

Many thanks to the National IPE for having it included on the agenda; a response to the proposed idea of having the 2nd class exams change to multiple choice. The National IPE response was paramount, as the proposal was very quickly dismissed. The feedback from PEs was greatly appreciated.

The second day of the conference basically held sub- committee meetings involving the 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st class engineers, Refrigeration Plant Operator and the refrigeration class C endorsement for Arena plant operators. The curriculum for the Refrigeration Operator C (for inclusion in the 4th and 5th class material, was accepted as well as an accompanying syllabus from SOPEEC presented.) Work continues on the Refrigeration Small Plant Operator for the rinks etc. All refrigeration curriculums will be updated for all classes by 2020.

The third day was geared on the reporting of all sub-committee meetings, voting on resolutions, Educators awards and reports; then feedback on what transpired on the previous days event and how it could be improved. The elections of Chair and Vice chair of IPECC.

BC Collaboration Day in September 14th, 2018 Agenda.

8:00-9:00 breakfast and registration – TSBC confirmed as sponsor for breakfast!!!!

9:00-9:45 keynote legal firm

9:45-10:00 coffee break

10:00-11:30 refrigeration

  • Basics of refrigeration (45 min)
  • Safety Considerations around refrigeration (45 min)
  • Changing Role of Power engineers in refrigeration (30min)
11:30-12:45 lunch and networking

12:45-3:30 ~ 2 simultaneous sessions:

Session 1 - Safety

  • New topics in steam plant safety (45 min)- internet security, CSA code changes, etc.
  • Update from TSBC (45 min)
  • Townhall TSBC (45 min)
Session 2 - Education- emerging trends:
  • Syngas – intro to technologies, industry adoption and new advancements (1 hr)
  • District energy – intro to technologies, industry adoption and new advancements (45 min)
  • Power generation – intro to technologies, industry adoption and new advancements (30min)
  • How to tie it all together with Energy Management systems (case study by spartan) – (15 min)
3:30-4:30 simulator tour and turbine lab tour

4:30-6:30 pub/networking

The Institute of Power Engineers promotes our professional values in the workplace.

Mission Statement
To lead the pursuit of excellence with a unified voice for Power Engineers across Canada, we promote the understanding of safety, efficiency and environmental awareness in collaboration with all stakeholders in our industry.

"Our Future Our Profession"

Position Statement
The IPE supports the Power Engineering profession nationally through engagement with the jurisdictions, commitment to ongoing curriculum development, and promotion of the profession to industry.

Tag Line
Knowledge is Power

Why be a member of the IPE?

  • A unified voice for Power Engineers
  • Promotes public awareness of the role played by the Power Engineer in our increasingly energy dependent economy
  • Scholarships
  • Safety presentations, professional development and tours
  • Job postings
  • Social events

IPE National Directors and Executive

Ralf Klopf, President

Blair Saulnier, PE, 1st Vise President (Maritimes Area Director)

Eric Steinson, PE, Past President, York Director (IPE)

Ed Hnytka, PE, Alberta Area Director

Dave Paulin, PE, British Columbia Area Director

William (Bill) Kalinowich,Second Vice-President, Manitoba Area Director

Mitch McNeil, PE, York Director (IPECC)

Pete Chamberland, Ontario Area Director

Allan Whetter, National Secretary Email

Don Purser, Assistant National Secretary

Jude Rankin, PE, Advice in Council

National Office Email

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