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The Boiler Maintenance unit from Edition 2.5 has been re-organized into 4 chapters. Renamed to Maintenance, this unit covers Power and Heating Plant maintenance.

In addition to the re-organization and title change, Learning Material content within the unit has been updated.

Updates to the 5th Class

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:
    1. Explain the application and operation of standpipes, hoses, and sprinklers in buildings
    2. Explain the various types of fire and smoke detectors
    3. Describe the operation, placement, and maintenance of the common types of portable extinguishers

Pumps and Compressors

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.

Lubrication and Bearings

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.

Fundamental Industrial Communication Skills

The Fundamental Industrial Communication Skills unit has several new additions and changes including:

  • Plant Communications will now 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

Introduction to Plant and Fire Safety

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.

Changes include:

  1. 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)
  2. 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
  3. Handling of Dangerous Materials includes the new 2015 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) supplementing the 1995 system, and gas cylinder safety
  4. Fire Safety includes fire prevention theory
  5. 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

Introduction to Legislation, Codes, and Standards

Jurisdictional Legislation has been expanded into 2 chapters:

  1. The first chapter addresses Jurisdictional Legislation in general terms that apply to all Canadian jurisdictions
  2. 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 Physical, Chemical and Thermodynamic Principles

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

Updates to the Academic Supplement

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.

Elementary Mechanics and Dynamics

The basic content of Applied Mechanics and Dynamics remains unchanged from Edition 2.5. Icons have been added to illustrate where the Academic Supplement should be used to reference formulas, tables, or constants. Self-tests have been added to assist the learner in confirming their knowledge of each concept.

The Objective Statements have been revised in an effort to follow Bloom’s Taxonomy where possible. Conforming to Bloom's Taxonomy reduces the wording of each Objective Statement by using only one verb in each statement (using the higher level verb when possible) while maintaining the level of information within the objective in order to obtain a similar result.

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