Plant Operator, Certificate | Selkirk College | Burnaby, Canada
6 months
13038 CAD/full
4601 CAD/full
Tuition fee
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This 24-week Plant Operator program from Selkirk College (18 weeks on-campus + 6 week practicum) prepares you for entry level positions as a plant operator. 

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You'll gain knowledge and develop the skills required to operate, monitor and troubleshoot control equipment and processing units found in most industrial settings. You'll learn about industrial plant functionality and gain a critical understanding of plant systems, process fundamentals, and plant operations.

Training Facility Provides Unique Advantage

You'll engage in a variety of classroom, shop and real-world activities. Learn the theoretical principles of operations and processes in the classroom, and apply your knowledge in our shop where you'll gain valuable experience by practicing various operational procedures.

During the 18 weeks Plant Operator program, you'll travel to 10 plant operations of various sizes throughout the West Kootenay such as Nelson Hydro, Teck, Mercer Celgar, a local brewery, Selkirk College , a local wastewater treatment plant, Oso Negro, a local sawmill, Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital (Trail) and a local arena. The goal is by the end of the tours, you will have a detailed record of the plants you have visited and a broad awareness of the operator duties and tasks at the various plants in our area.

What is a Plant Operator?

Plant operators are responsible for overseeing the production process of a plant facility. The goal of a process operator is to monitor equipment and improve the quality, efficiency and safety of the plant.


Graduates of the Plant Operator Program at Selkirk College earn a Certificate of Completion and typically find employment as plant operators in manufacturing plants, production plants, processing plants, gas plants, oil fields, smelters, mines, mills, refineries, arenas, recreational complexes, or other industrial facilities.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Plant Tours
  • Work Practicum
  • Process Plant Operations 
  • Process Plant Systems 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 6 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Most programs accept applications 12 months before the start date. 




23 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have graduated from a BC Senior Secondary School or equivalent, or
  • Be 19 years of age or over at the time of application, or
  • Be under 19 years of age but have a written recommendation from your Secondary School Principal

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13038 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13038 CAD for the full programme during 6 months.
  • National

    4601 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4601 CAD for the full programme during 6 months.

Living costs for Burnaby

1600 - 2700 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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