What Can You Bring To A Power Engineering Exam?

What Can You Bring To A Power Engineering Exam?

Lately I’ve been having a lot of conversations with Power Engineering 101 members about preparing for their upcoming exams. One of the most common questions being asked is some variation of the question “What Can You Bring To A Power Engineering Exam?”

“Are you allowed to bring a programmable calculator into an exam??”

“Do you guys have access to the B 31.1, and B 31.3 while writing exams in Alberta??”

“Can you highlight and put tabs in the code books you bring to the ABSA exam??”

Normally, the items listed below are useful for all classes of exams. The following information has been gathered from the ABSA website: www.absa.ca

What You Need To Know About Your Power Engineering Exam

You must provide picture ID to the Examiner prior to the examination.

No cell phone or any electronic communication devices are allowed to be brought into the exam room.

You’re allowed to use the reference material listed in the exam syllabus for the exam. No other reference material is allowed.

You’re allowed to highlight and tab sections in the reference material.

Your exam booking will NOT be made over the telephone.

You’ll be notified by mail or an email notification of your exam result (pass or fail) by ABSA in approx 2-4 weeks after the exam. Your exam results will not be provided by telephone, fax or e-mail.

What Can You Bring To A Power Engineering Exam?

Note: I originally uploaded the photos at their actual size but due to the post becoming ridiculously long, I uploaded the photos at thumbnail size. I’ve linked the pictures to the media file so just click on the picture if you’d like to see the picture at its actual size. 

The Safety Codes Act and Regulations under the Safety Codes Act:

The Safety Codes Act and Regulations under the Safety Codes Act

CSA B51, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code:

CSA B51, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code;
CSA B52, Mechanical Refrigeration Code:

CSA B52, Mechanical Refrigeration Code;
ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Codes except for Sections VI and VII:

& The 2007 ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code Academic Extract and Supplement produced by PanGlobal Training Systems;

From The ABSA Website “The information in the 1983 Edition of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Academic Extract is outdated. Using this 1983 Edition of the ASME Extract for any power engineering examination is not recommended. Besides using the 2007 Edition of the ASME Academic Extract and Supplement, candidates may use the current edition of the ASME Code.”

2007 ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code
ASME/ANSI B31.1 Pressure Piping Code and B31.3 Process Piping Code:

ASME B31.1 Power PipingASME B31.3 Process Piping
Handbook of Formula and Physical Constants, Steam Tables and Refrigeration Tables are normally provided:

Academic Supplement
A non-technical English language dictionary:

Merriam-Webster's Dictionary
Non-programmable calculator:

Non-programmable calculator

How To Reset Your Programmable Calculator:

From The ABSA Website “If your calculator is programmable, you must reset it in the company of the examiner so that the examiner is sure that all memories are clear. Or the examiner may request that you remove the battery to erase all memory. This may be done during your examination time, so be aware that you may have less time to complete your exam. If the memories do not clear by resetting the calculator or by removing the battery, the calculator shall not be used. Also, if your calculator fails to function after reset or battery removal, the examiner is not responsible and you may be at a significant disadvantage.”

What Can You Bring To A Power Engineering Exam Calculator

Photo credit: www.absa.ca

Pens and pencils:

Drawing instruments and drawing templates.

Note: The information for this post has been gathered from the ABSA website making it Alberta specific. The exam requirements may not be the same for your particular jurisdiction. If you’d like me to add your jurisdiction let me know in the comments with a link to the website or pdf stating the exam requirements.

Also ABSA may change the exam requirements at anytime, if you’re aware of a change let me know and I’ll update the post. 

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