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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 up to a 250 kW capacity.

Syllabus for the Special Steam-Powered Traction Engine Operator

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 that has a capacity of 20-250 kilowatts and is operating 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:

For a candidate to qualify for a Special Steam‑powered Traction Engine Operator’s Certificate of Competency after they(a) pass the Special Steam‑powered Traction Engine Operator’s Certificate of Competency examination,

(b) complete 100 hours of supervised operation experience, and

(c) pass a practical examination that is satisfactory to the Administrator regarding the safe operation of a historic boiler

PER Section. 22.1(4)

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 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

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 form and payment can be faxed, mailed, 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

Transition Period:

Effective until December 1, 2015, a candidate is qualified for a Special Steam‑powered Traction Engine Operator’s Certificate of Competency if on December 1, 2013 the candidate

(a) holds a valid Special Boiler Operator’s Certificate of Competency or, at minimum, a 5th Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency,

(b) has operated or assisted with the operation of a historic boiler for a time period that is satisfactory to the Administrator, and

(c) upon request, is able to pass a practical examination that is satisfactory to the Administrator regarding the safe operation of a historic boiler.

PER Section. 22.1(5)

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: September 10, 2015