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AB-054

REFERENCE SYLLABUS

For

FOURTH CLASS POWER ENGINEER S
CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION
October 2012

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2002, 1998

Handbook of Formulae and Physical Constants. To pass a 4th Class Power Engineer s Certificate of Competency examination. Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code. Extract for CSA B51 and CSA B52 Codes. it is recommended that the candidate becomes familiar with the pertinent publications listed in the Reference Material for Candidates for Engineer s Examinations . CSA B52. a candidate must obtain at least 65% of the total marks allotted for each examination paper. A non-technical English language dictionary. The 2007ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code Academic Extract and Supplement produced by PanGlobal Training Systems. Mechanical Refrigeration Code. www. In addition to the foregoing. Examination Instructions: The examination consists of two papers. Power Engineers Regulation. 1998 . the candidate completes a New Fourth Class Power Engineering Course offered through a technical institute.1 Pressure Piping Code and B31. Recommended Study Programme: It is recommended that. General Information Fourth Class Syllabus 2002. ASME/ANSI B31.org. CSA B51. This Syllabus is intended to assist candidates studying for the New Fourth Class Engineer s Certificate of Competency Examination. Steam Tables and Refrigeration Tables are normally provided. before undertaking a New Fourth Class Engineer s Examination.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For FOURTH CLASS POWER ENGINEER S CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-054 October 2012 PAGE 2 of 13 GENERAL INFORMATION Introduction: This syllabus has been approved by the Standardization of Power Engineer Examinations Committee (SOPEEC) and the Association of Chief Inspectors (ACI). which is available from the various technical institutes or from the SOPEEC Website. The requirements to qualify for a New Fourth Class Engineer s Examination are outlined in the Safety Codes Act. each of 3½ hours duration. Boiler. Application to Undertake Examination: A candidate must submit an application and the prescribed fee at least twenty-one (21) days before the date of examination. ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Codes except for Sections VI and VII.sopeec.3 Process Piping Code. Each of the Paper A and Paper B examinations consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. A candidate is allowed to use the following items in the examination room: The Safety Codes Act and Regulations under the Safety Codes Act.

The information in the 1983 Edition of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Academic Extract is outdated.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For FOURTH CLASS POWER ENGINEER S CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-054 October 2012 PAGE 3 of 13 GENERAL INFORMATION Pens and pencils. No cell phone or any electronic communication devices are allowed to be brought into the examination room. 1998 . the examiner is not responsible and you may be at a significant disadvantage. General Information Fourth Class Syllabus 2002. Or the examiner may request that you remove the battery to erase all memory. No other reference material is allowed. Besides using the 2007 Edition of the ASME Academic Extract and Supplement. Non-programmable calculator see important note and Drawing instruments and drawing templates. so be aware that you may have less time to complete your exam. Also. Using this 1983 Edition of the ASME Extract for any power engineering examination is not recommended. This may be done during your examination time. The items referenced above must be shown to the examiner for approval. candidates may use the current edition of the ASME Code. if your calculator fails to function after reset or battery removal. the calculator shall not be used. If the memories do not clear by resetting the calculator or by removing the battery. Important: If your calculator is programmable. Note: The candidate must provide picture ID to the Examiner prior to the examination. you must reset it in the company of the examiner so that the examiner is sure that all memories are clear.

pressure. Pressure Vessel. fractions. decimals and percentages. units. force. Administration Mechanical drawing fundamentals. steam tables. Occupational Health & Safety Act. Thorough knowledge of the Safety Codes Act. friction. paragraph and memo composition E. Applied Mathematics S. power transmission C. work. length. power and energy. scalars and vectors. area and volumes B. mensuration.Boiler. sentence. Industrial Legislation i. thermodynamics of steam.I. .REFERENCE SYLLABUS For FOURTH CLASS POWER ENGINEER S CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-054 October 2012 PAGE 4 of 13 Part A 3½ Hours Multiple Choice Examination A. stress and strain. sensible and latent heat. and Pressure Piping Code .Recommended Guidelines for the Care and Operation of Power ii.Recommended Rules for the Care and Operation of Heating Boilers . basic chemical and physical properties D. writing fundamentals. interpolation. simple machines. linear velocity and acceleration. simple algebra. temperature and thermal expansion. 1998 . various views. specific. basic arithmetical operations.Mechanical Refrigeration Code F. drawing instruments. moments and forces. mechanical advantage. Elementary Mechanics and Dynamics Definitions of mechanical properties. factor of safety. lines and simple plane figures. Mechanical Drawing. ratio and proportion. Workplace Hazardous Materials WHMIS Classification of Controlled Products Labelling of Controlled Products Material Safety Data Sheets Page 1 of 4 4A 2002. Elementary Thermodynamics Basic thermodynamic concepts. and applicable regulations Codes ASME Section VI ASME Section VII Boilers CSA Standard B-51 CSA Standard B-52 .

iv. Environmental terms and definitions Gas and noise pollution Solid and liquid pollution Potential environmental impact of liquids Potential environmental impact of vapours Potential environmental impact of operating facilities Page 2 of 4 4A 2002. viii. ii. Costs and effects of workplace injuries Personal protective equipment Isolation of mechanical and electrical equipment Confined space entry Handling of gases and hydrocarbon fluids Hydrogen sulphide safety First aid. iv. Fire fundamentals and procedures Fires and extinguishing methods Portable fire extinguishers. vi. iv. vii. Plant Safety i. iii. v. construction and operation Electrical fires I. v.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For FOURTH CLASS POWER ENGINEER S CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-054 October 2012 PAGE 5 of 13 Part A 3½ Hours Multiple Choice Examination G. CPR and artificial respiration Safety Committees H. 1998 . Plant Fire Protection i. ii. iii. vi. ii. Environment i. iii.

shell Watertube boilers: construction. hangers and insulation Drainage: separators. iv. vi. iii. Engineering materials: selection and properties Heat treatment and case hardening Fabrication and welding methods Welding processes and electrode use and selection Welding terms and inspection Welder qualifications K. iv. ii. vi. water hammer Valve types: construction and application L. iii. support. Piping and Valves i. Materials: sizes and identification Piping. ii. High Pressure Boiler Design i. refractory Page 3 of 4 4A 2002. ii. 1998 . iii. bends. iv. suspension. pipe fittings and connections Expansion joints. Material and Welding i. tube sheets. v. traps. stays. tubes. drums and walls Electric boilers Boiler construction: support.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For FOURTH CLASS POWER ENGINEER S CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-054 October 2012 PAGE 6 of 13 Part A 3½ Hours Multiple Choice Examination J. Development of boiler design Boiler terminology Firetube boilers: construction. v. v.

iii. vii. ii. zeolite. balanced Boiler combustion equipment: coal. reheaters. iv. inspection. iii. ix. start-up. 1998 . deaeration Internal feedwater treatment and testing Knowledge and control of: pH. sludge. Boiler prestart. viii. v. vi. blow-down and corrosion Page 4 of 4 4A 2002. External feedwater treatment: filtration. iii. High Pressure Boiler Operation i. oil and gas burners and safety Fluidized bed and grate systems Safety and relief valves Water columns and gauge glasses Steam Drum Internals Superheaters. composition of fuel. ii. vi.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For FOURTH CLASS POWER ENGINEER S CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-054 October 2012 PAGE 7 of 13 Part A 3½ Hours Multiple Choice Examination M. Combustion theory. vii. ii. foaming. iv. induced. v. air heaters Insulation N. High Pressure Boiler Parts and Fittings i. forced. Feedwater Treatment i. economizers. caustic embrittlement. lime soda. operation and shut-down Emergency boiler operation Soot blowers Continuous and intermittent blowdown Chemical and mechanical cleaning. boil out and lay-up Hydrostatic testing. safety precautions Cause and prevention of boiler furnace explosions O. fuel heating value Boiler draft equipment: natural. scale.

Pumps a. b. seals. driers. shut-down Cooling towers. governing. Pumps and Compressors i. impellers. d. valves. packing. safety devices c. shut-down iv. lubrication. startup. barometers Reciprocating compressors: construction. operation. diffusers. iii. cooling components. regeneration. Prime Movers and Engines i. duplex. operation. applications.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For FOURTH CLASS POWER ENGINEER S CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-054 October 2012 PAGE 8 of 13 Part B 3½ Hours Multiple Choice Examination A. lubrication and operation Axial: construction. 1998 . ii. stages. operation and maintenance. Heat engines. Air Compression a. condensers Basic gas turbines: construction. b. Page 1 of 6 4B 2002. lubrication. reaction. fuels. moisture. d. steam and gas turbine plants Internal combustion engines: construction. components. aftercoolers. overspeed trip. altitude. lubrication and operation Systems: receivers. B. intercoolers. wear rings. drivers Centrifugal pumps: volute. start-up. vi. control. rotary pump e. open cycle. c. start-up. lubrication Steam turbines: construction. ii. impulse. v. operation and shut-down Turbine pump. valves. prime mover terminology Simple steam engine: construction. working cycles. details. Theory. Pumping theory Pump operation and maintenance Reciprocating pumps: simplex.

iv. iv. vii. maintenance. ix.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For FOURTH CLASS POWER ENGINEER S CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-054 October 2012 PAGE 9 of 13 Part B 3½ Hours Multiple Choice Examination C. ii. ii. data recording and storage Page 2 of 6 4B 2002. 1998 . viii. viscosities. breakers. vii. properties. v. lubricants. ammeters. measurement and calculations Power and work Magnetism and electromagnetism Electrical metering devices: voltmeters. insulators Motors and generators: AC and DC. Lubrication i. classes. Instrumentation terms and definitions Methods of process measurement Basic control loop components Basic boiler instrumentation and control systems. v. software programs. applications. viii. failure D. components Introductory process computer concepts Input and output devices. gauges Low water fuel cut-offs. languages. switches. vi. iii. instrumentation and computers i. vi. Electrical: terms. ix. Controls. wattmeters Conductors. fuses Safe operation E. thermocouples Boiler programming controls Types of computers: principles. iii. Electricity i. ii. mercury switch. Lubrication: principles. applications. operation Transformers Electrical distribution circuits. systems Bearing lubrication: operation.

controls. converters. snow melt Hot water heating systems: operation and maintenance Warm air heating system equipment Warm air furnace components and maintenance: furnaces. convectors. iii. viii. Heating Boilers i. radiant panels. Heating Systems i. Page 3 of 6 4B 2002. iii. ventilators. ii. iv. traps. Watertube and tubular heating boilers Cast iron sectional and modular heating boilers Firetube heating boilers Oil and gas burners for heating boilers Steam heating boiler fittings. unit heaters. coils. vii.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For FOURTH CLASS POWER ENGINEER S CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-054 October 2012 PAGE 10 of 13 Part B 3½ Hours Multiple Choice Examination F. inspection. valves. vi. air distribution. v. viii. trouble shooting Ventilation and air filters Infrared and electric heating ii. vi. fittings. attachments and auxiliaries Hot water heating boilers. expansion tanks. attachments Hot water and steam heating boiler operation and maintenance Cleaning. iv. 1998 . lay up. humidifiers. v. vii. safety G. vacuum pumps Steam heating systems: operation and maintenance Hot water heating auxiliaries: pumps. Steam heating auxiliaries: radiators. air vents. valves.

v. iv. ii. viii. vii.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For FOURTH CLASS POWER ENGINEER S CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-054 October 2012 PAGE 11 of 13 Part B 3½ Hours Multiple Choice Examination H. auxiliaries. disadvantages I. units. ix. 1998 . ii. Lighting systems: principles. Vapour Compression Refrigeration i. trouble shooting Sanitary drainage systems: maintenance Snow melt systems iii. advantages. vi. Safety. incandescent. iii. iv. vi. multi-zone. J. Heating boiler feed water controls Heating boiler operating controls Heating boiler combustion controls Pneumatic controls for heating systems Electric controls for heating systems Electronic controls for heating systems: indoor. relief devices Refrigeration compressor components Heat exchangers for refrigeration systems Refrigeration metering devices and capacity controls Refrigeration cycle controls Refrigeration system accessories Page 4 of 6 4B 2002. fluorescent Building water supply systems: operation and maintenance. outdoor. controls and protection. CSA B-52 Thermodynamics of Refrigeration Properties of Refrigerants Compression refrigeration systems: components. ii. hot water heaters. Auxiliary Building Systems i. v. iii. Heating Boiler and Heating System Controls i. iv.

iii. dehumidification M. iv. surging. v. operational checks and procedures. Unitary and central air conditioning systems Combined air conditioning systems: components. xi. charging. Psychrometric properties of air Applications of the psychrometric chart and comfort conditions Fans for air distribution systems Air conditioning duct systems Coil types Coil operation Humidification. vi. 1998 . system components. ii. iii. auxiliaries Absorption refrigeration system operation and maintenance L. start-up. K. auxiliaries. Absorption refrigeration systems. Air Conditioning i.REFERENCE SYLLABUS For FOURTH CLASS POWER ENGINEER S CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-054 October 2012 PAGE 12 of 13 Part B 3½ Hours Multiple Choice Examination x. ii. shut-down Compression refrigeration system maintenance. operation. testing. iv. components. auxiliaries Page 5 of 6 4B 2002. v. trouble shooting Absorption Refrigeration i. Air Conditioning Systems i. maintenance Air conditioning heat recovery systems Air conditioning system controls Heat gains and losses in buildings. ii. Compression refrigeration system pre start-up. vii.

hand and power tools Powerhouse maintenance . Hot oil systems. testing. v. refractory. Boiler Maintenance i. welder qualification O. ii.ropes. food and sawmill processes Page 6 of 6 4B 2002. stays. lay up. operation. iii. safety valves Boiler cleaning. tubes.ladders. cables and fasteners Boiler maintenance. iv. safety Steam related oil. equipment. auxiliaries. maintenance Gas plant and pulp mill processes. Types of Plants i. ii. components. scaffolding and hoisting Powerhouse maintenance .REFERENCE SYLLABUS For FOURTH CLASS POWER ENGINEER S CERTIFICATE of COMPETENCY EXAMINATION AB-054 October 2012 PAGE 13 of 13 Part B 3½ Hours Multiple Choice Examination N. iii. 1998 . Powerhouse maintenance . inspection. operation.