The Learning Material content for Prime Movers has been updated. Out-of-date content has been removed and historical information reduced in size, in an effort to streamline the new Learning Material content.
The Water Treatment unit has been moved to Part B and incorporates Cooling Towers, Heating Systems, and Air Conditioning. New Learning Material content has been added for:
- Heating & Chilled Water
- Cooling Systems
The Boiler Maintenance unit from Edition 2.5 has been re-organised into 4 chapters. Renamed to Maintenance, this unit covers Power and Heating Plant maintenance.
In addition to the re-organisation and title change, Learning Material content within the unit has been updated.
The Plant Operation unit is a brand new unit created for 4th Class Edition 3.0. This unit amalgamates all learning material content relating to the Operation of Boilers, Plants, and Systems into one unit.
The 5th Class textbooks are being updated to Edition 3.2 which will be available Summer 2017. Changes to the 5th Class textbook include:
- The learning materials will be printed in three perfect-bound textbooks (previously coil-bound)
- Three new objectives introduced to Book 3 Chapter 9:
- Explain the application and operation of standpipes, hoses, and sprinklers in buildings
- Explain the various types of fire and smoke detectors
- Describe the operation, placement, and maintenance of the common types of portable extinguishers
The Boiler Safety Devices unit is a brand new unit created for 4th Class Edition 3.0. This unit amalgamates the Safety Device learning material content from the Power and Heating boiler units into one unit.
The Pumps and Compressors unit is being introduced earlier in comparison to the Edition 2.5 textbooks. Learning material content for Compressors will now include all compressor theory. This change removes basic compression theory from the Refrigeration unit; however specific information relating to Refrigeration will remain in that unit.
The Pumps and Compressors unit can be found as Unit 2 in Part B of the new 4th Class Edition 3 textbook.
The Lubrication unit is being introduced earlier in comparison to the Edition 2.5 textbooks. Additional information has been added to incorporate Bearings into this unit.
In an effort to reflect these changes, the unit title has been updated with chapters titles also revised accordingly. The Lubrication and Bearings unit can be found as Unit 1 in Part B of the new 4th Class Edition 3 textbook.
The new Boiler Systems unit has been created to incorporate all boiler systems material into one unit. This unit includes:
- Feedwater Systems
- Blowdown and Blow-off
- Fireside Cleaning of Boilers
Introduction to Boiler Designs will now include all Boiler types, designs, and construction:
- High Pressure
- Low Pressure
- Hot Water
Special chapters will address Power specific boilers, Heating specific boilers, and other boiler types. Greater emphasis will be placed on how the boilers are classified by ASME codes.
The Fundamental Industrial Communication Skills unit has several new additions and changes including:
- Plant Communications will now include incorporate Sketching and Administration
- Sketching will place more emphasis on Line Tracings and Diagram Reading
- Verbal and Radio Communications will replace the English composition portion
Written communications will include:
- Proper log book use, entries and legal requirements
- Email etiquette in an industrial setting
- Use of standard operating procedure documents
- Maintenance documents and procedures
Instrumentation Basics has been consolidated into a new Instrumentation section, and removed from disparate sections such as Boilers, Heating Systems, and Air Conditioning. How Instrumentation is presented in each of these sections now allows for content delivery without the need to cover Instrumentation Basics.
The Electricity unit has been renamed to Basic Concepts in Electrotechnology and moved to Part A. IPECC has made no change to the curriculum, however the learning material content has been re-authored to conform to the new 4th Class layout, and to enhance the delivery of this important topic.
Piping and Valves has been updated to Introductory Fluid Handling Technology, and now encompasses the Piping, Steam Traps, Water Hammer, and Valve topics. Content within this unit has been reviewed and updated. Vocabulary that is new to learners is now included in the PG Glossary at the end of each unit.
The Welding unit has been separated into three separate chapters:
- General Engineering Materials
- Welding Procedures for all Welding Types
- Weld Inspections and Testing
The Environment chapter has been streamlined to emphasize how Power Engineers can have an effect on the environment when operating equipment.
Plant Safety has been expanded to include Plant and Personal Safety. Units promoting general plant safety have been streamlined. The existing 4th Class had featured 3 units of 14 chapters, now condensed into 1 unit composed of 5 chapters in the new Edition 3.
- Introduction to Plant Safety addresses the cost and effects of safety, powerhouse hazards, health and safety management systems, and hazard assessment basics (Personal Protective Equipment, Respiratory Equipment, Confined Space)
- Plant Safety Programs discusses general Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) programs found in most plants, as well as other safety programs in which a Power Engineer may need certified training, work permits, or equipment isolation basics. Such handling and awareness safety programs include:
- Lock-Out Tag-Out (LOTO)
- Asbestos Awareness
- H2S and Toxic Gases
- Working at Heights and Working Alone
- Electrical Safety
- First Aid
- Handling of Dangerous Materials includes the new 2015 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) supplementing the 1995 system, and gas cylinder safety
- Fire Safety includes fire prevention theory
- Fire Extinguishing Methods and Equipment discusses the types and uses of fire extinguishers, standpipe systems, fire hoses, sprinkler systems, and overall maintenance of fire systems
Jurisdictional Legislation has been expanded into 2 chapters:
- The first chapter addresses Jurisdictional Legislation in general terms that applies to all Canadian jurisdictions
- The second chapter explains How and Why the codes and standards introduced are necessary for boilers and pressure vessels. This chapter also provides a brief description of codes and standards that are relevant to the 4th Class materials
Elementary Thermodynamics and Chemistry
- Chemistry theory has been removed from the Engineering Materials, Electricity, Combustion, and Environment topics
- Chemistry and Types of Matter theory has been consolidated and are now introduced before Thermodynamics
Introduction to Heat Transfer and Heat Exchangers
- Heat Transfer subject matter has been expanded within the Thermodynamics topic
- Heat Exchanger theory (emphasizing how heat is exchanged) has been moved from Heating Systems and Refrigeration Systems
The Academic Supplement has been updated to Edition 2.0, to reflect technological change and to support the revised 4th Class Edition 3. The Academic Supplement Edition 2.0 now has a full-colour cover, and has a revised refrigeration section featuring:
- Consistent use of ASHRAE refrigerant data
- New, easier to read charts and saturation tables
- Extensive superheat tables
- Data for refrigerants currently in use, including natural refrigerants
In addition to the changes in the refrigeration section, the Academic Supplement Edition 2.0 also has an up-to-date periodic table with more useful data. Other content changes have been made to help learners with formulae application, and to re-validate physical constants.
The Academic Supplement Edition 1.0 will continue to support learners under the current SOPEEC syllabus. However, all learners (especially those studying the new 4th Class Edition 3) are strongly advised to use the new Academic Supplement in their studies and examinations.