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Special Steam-powered Traction Engine Operator

This is a provincial certificate of competency issued by Alberta. It is a certificate of competency that certifies the operator to supervise a Special Steam-powered Traction Engine.

Syllabus for the Special Steam-Powered Traction Engine Operator  (Edition 1, Revision 0) Expires December 31, 2018
Syllabus for the Special Steam-Powered Traction Engine Operator (Edition 2, Revision 0) Effective July 01, 2018

Definition:

“historic boiler” means a boiler forming part of a traction engine, threshing machine, steam locomotive or other power plant of historic interest;
Section 1(k.1) Power Engineers Regulation

A historic boiler in a display or for the purpose of entertainment must be supervised by a person who holds a Special Steam-powered Traction Engine Operator’s certificate of competency.

A steam locomotive operating on a railroad subject to provincial legislation that has a capacity greater than 20 kilowatts must be supervised by a person who holds a Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency of a class that meets or exceeds the requirements shown in
Table 1 of the Power Engineers Regulation.

Eligibility to Write:

To qualify to take a Special Steam-powered Traction Engine Operator’s certificate of competency examination, a candidate must have successfully completed a course satisfactory to the Administrator.

Eligibility for Certification:

A candidate is qualified for a Special Steam-powered Traction Engine Operator’s Certificate of Competency after:

(a) passing the Special Steam-powered Traction Engine Operator’s Certificate of Competency examination,
(b) completing 100 hours supervised operation experience,
and
(c) passing a practical examination that is satisfactory to the Administrator regarding the safe operation of historic boilers referred to in PER Section 2(11).

Practical Time Experience

The practical training time requirements is 100 hours on a historic boiler, of which at least 50% of the time shall be while the boiler is under steam and in operation, the remainder of the required time may include maintenance, start-up or lay up of the historic boiler. Proof of Practical experience must be provided by completing and forwarding the declaration (AB-66a) of qualifying experience signed by the certified steam traction power plant operator of the historic boiler upon which the experience was gained.

The training records are to be forwarded showing dates, type of experience gained, signatures of the steam plant owners and certified steam traction plant operator, (if not one and the same). Attach these to the application form when applying.

Examination Information

Syllabus for the Special Steam-Powered Traction Engine Operator(Edition 1, Revision 0) Expires December 31, 2018
Syllabus for the Special Steam-Powered Traction Engine Operator(Edition 2, Revision 0) Effective July 01, 2018

Effective July 01, 2018

The Administrator has established a new (revised) edition of the Reference Syllabus for the Special Steam-powered Traction Engine Operator’s Certificate of Competency Examination, the AB-240, Edition 2.

A transition period will be required to implement the new syllabus. New examinations have been developed based on the new syllabus. These new examinations will be available July 01, 2018 to those who wish to challenge the new examination. The number of exam questions has remained unchanged.

Candidates have the option to write the examinations based on the existing syllabus or the new (revised) syllabus until January 01, 2019.

Candidates that have not passed a Special Steam-powered Traction Engine Operator’s Examination after January 01, 2019, will be required to write the examination based on the new syllabus AB-240, Edition 2.

Exam Type: 50 multiple choice questions
Writing Time: 1.5 hours
Exam Materials: Safety Codes Act
Power Engineers Regulation
CSA B-51 Boiler and Pressure Piping Code
Passing Grade: 65%

To apply to write this examination the AB-66 form must be filled in as complete as possible and submitted to the authority with the fee required 21 days prior to the scheduled sitting.

All current and updated ABSA forms may be found on our website: ABSA Forms

The completed form may be faxed, mailed, emailed or dropped off in person to the address below. If mailed please ensure it’s received by our office 21 days prior to the scheduled sitting.

ABSA
9410-20 Ave.
Edmonton, AB T6N 0A4

Certificate Renewal:

A Special Steam‑powered Traction Engine Operator’s Certificate of Competency expires 2 years from the date of issue. To be eligible for renewal the applicant must pass a practical examination that is satisfactory to the Administrator regarding the safe operation of a historic boiler.

Last modified: June 30, 2018