Yorkton, SK — Mining and manufacturing companies in Saskatchewan will soon be able to hire more Power Engineering graduates thanks to a $950,000 investment in a new training laboratory at Parkland College, announced Friday by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.
With the federal investment, Parkland College will purchase and install equipment to provide technical training in the Power Engineering Lab at the College’s Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. Construction on the facility will begin early this spring and will be complete in time for classes beginning in September 2015.
“Congratulations to Parkland College on recognizing a need in the local labour market and working with industry and government to fill the gap,” said Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. “WD’s investment in the Power Engineering lab will help prepare the skilled workers that Saskatchewan companies need to stay competitive in the global marketplace while creating jobs and economic prosperity here at home.”
The development of this facility is important as the primary resource sector has identified a critical shortage of Power Engineers as the current generation of workers retires or leaves the workforce. Power Engineers operate steam power plants or processes, which can include operating high and low-pressure boilers. Graduates typically work in mining, the oil and gas sector, manufacturing and processing, hospitals, and the pulp and paper sector.
With extremely limited Power Engineering lab space in Saskatchewan, students enrolled at Parkland College currently must travel to Saskatoon for four weeks to complete the lab training component. With a lab on-site in Yorkton, the College will be able to increase the available number of graduates from 24 to 48.
“This contribution is integral to the success of the Trades and Technology Centre,” said Dr. Fay Myers, President of Parkland College. “We are committed to supplying skilled employees to the businesses and industries in our region and our province, and this investment will help us do just that.”
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Director, Training and Business Development