By CRM staff
Toronto, Ontario – September 18, 2018 – The College of New Caledonia's (CNC) new facility for heavy mechanical trade students in British Columbia is going to give students the practical skills, they claim employers in the North need in a new, modern heavy mechanical trades facility.
The new 2,352 square-metre (25,317 square-foot) facility provides a modern learning space for students to gain the skills that will prepare them for long-lasting, good-paying careers in industries such as forestry, mining and transportation.
Heavy mechanical trades students inspect, service and repair heavy trucks, commercial trucks, buses, diesel engines, transport trailers, cranes, graders, drills, bulldozers and other heavy equipment.
It can accommodate 251 full-time-equivalent spaces, and up to 48 new spaces, in the heavy-duty equipment technician and truck and transport mechanics program.
“As a student, I appreciate the work that has been done to improve my learning and further education for those interested in the heavy-duty mechanic trade. I am very happy and excited to continue my learning in this new building,” said Ryan Bachand, heavy mechanical trade student, College of New Caledonia.
The total cost of the new facility was $18.5 million.
Funding was provided through the Government of Canada's Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. This fund enhanced and modernized buildings on post-secondary campuses across the country and improved the environmental sustainability of the facilities.
“Our government’s investment in a new trades facility at the College of New Caledonia will help boost practical skills training for students in a sector that will continue to create jobs. We all benefit when students are given the tools they need to excel and contribute in tomorrow’s economy,” said Navdeep Bains, federal minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.