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once-through steam generator (OTSG) for heavy oil training, Lakeland is offering more student-managed learning opportunities to students like Meagher. “You take what you learn in class and apply it in the lab at the Energy Centre,” says the 19-year-old. “There are five boilers in here and usually in every lab we run a different one. We do a different thing every time we are in here.” Before HOPE students are able to take the lead in the Energy Centre and produce up to 350 kilowatts of power for the campus grid, students first use the manual systems in Lakeland’s Husky Energy Power Engineering Lab. In their second year, students use the automated systems in the Energy Centre where the turbine is connected to the college and creates energy for the campus.

HOPE STUDENTS TAKE THE LEAD His day started at 7 am and for the duration of his four-hour lab shift in Lakeland College’s Energy Centre, Morgan Meagher and his team put pressure safety valves (PSVs) on boilers, among other tasks. “Every day in the Energy Centre you get to do something that you have never done before, so that’s pretty cool,” says Meagher, a second-year heavy oil power engineering (HOPE) student. The Energy Centre officially opened for learning at the Lloydminster campus in August 2015. As the only post-secondary institution in Western Canada to create an integrated power plant featuring a

The Energy Centre also includes a two-storey distillation tower which is used specifically for the oil portion of the lectures and labs HOPE students complete. While working in the Energy Centre, students take turns as the shift supervisor or engineer. Mirroring a real job site, this student-led opportunity enables them to not only put theory into action, but also build essential communication and team-based skills. In total, HOPE students must complete 200 hours of “firing time” in the lab, followed by a three-month practicum to gain industry experience to complete the last qualification for their 3rd class power engineering, before writing four government exams. “It’s a team environment, just like a job would be,” says Meagher. HOPE is a two-year diploma program that prepares students to challenge the provincial 4th and 3rd class power engineering exam for certification through the Alberta Boiler Safety Association (ABSA).

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Lakeland College 411 Spring 2016  

The 411 is a quarterly newsletter designed for high school counsellors and career counsellors to keep them abreast of anything new at Lakela...

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