From improving safety standards in a gold mine in Mexico to training welders in Libya and India, NAIT has delivered high quality customized training solutions to clients around the world.
Project: Minas de Oro Nacional S.A. de C.V. Training Centre
Alamos Gold Inc. is a Toronto-based multinational that owns and operates the Minas de Oro Nacional gold mine located in Mulatos, Sonora State, Mexico. The project’s purpose was to train the mine’s maintenance workers to meet international quality standards. Through increased knowledge and skills, workers were able to decrease maintenance costs and increase safety by implementing troubleshooting practices and through improved work procedures.
Work began in 2011 as NAIT conducted a gap analysis mission, which produced specific recommendations regarding the development of customized training programs. NAIT conducted the consultation and design for the new workshops and classrooms that were built in Hermosillo, and we compiled a list of required equipment, machines and tools to support training – this work was completed by early 2012. Procurement, construction and installation was finalized during 2012.
NAIT began the delivery of hands-on practical training programs for approximately 100 workers in September 2012 for 2 groups of electricians, 3 groups of millwrights and 3 groups of heavy equipment technicians. Workers completed their second year of the customized apprenticeship training program during the summer of 2014.
Project: The National Oil Corporation (NOC)
NAIT has been working with Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) for over 2 decades, delivering various training programs and services to over 700 Libyan workers from different Libyan oil and gas companies. These companies include state-owned organizations and companies that are partnered with the NOC, including the Arabian Gulf Oil Company (AGOCO), Zuietina Oil Company, Waha Oil Company, Ras Lanuf Oil & Gas Company (RASCO), Eni Oil, Wintershall, Repsol, Schlumberger and Sirte Oil Company.
Most of the training was conducted in Canada; however, some of it was also conducted on site in Marsa al Brega, Libya. Specific training programs incorporated multiple disciplines, including mechanical and heavy equipment maintenance, electrical maintenance, instrumentation, information technology and telecommunications, architecture technology, civil engineering technology, materials engineering technology, petroleum and chemical engineering technology, and welding.
Project: Petroleum Training and Qualifying Institute (PTQI)
The Petroleum Training and Qualifying Institute (PTQI) is a post-secondary training centre that belongs to Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) and is mandated to provide technical training programs for students entering the Libyan oil and gas sector. NAIT began working with PTQI in 2008 to develop its welding program up to international standards.
The project included assistance with curriculum design, infrastructure and equipment requirements, instructor pedagogical support, organizational recommendations and quality control. In the summer of 2009, NAIT began working towards the development of PTQI’s electrical and instrumentation programs up to international standards. An unforeseen civil war broke out in the spring of 2011 and postponed this project. In 2013, PTQI instrumentation and electrical instructors came to NAIT to take technical and pedagogical training on a full-time basis to improve their knowledge and skills. NAIT continues to work with PTQI and is currently developing a new instrumentation curriculum.
Project: Sherritt International Corporation – Ambatovy Project
NAIT has worked with Sherritt International on various projects around the world for over a decade. Sherritt is a Canada-based multinational energy company with mining and oil and gas operations in various parts of the world. From 2006 to 2008, NAIT assisted Sherritt in developing a technical training centre in Toamasina, Madagascar, to support the Ambatovy nickel and cobalt mine and refinery.
The project included the development of training in electrical, instrumentation, welding, pipefitting and mechanical maintenance. In 2007 and 2008, 2 groups of selected Malagasy maintenance workers completed an 8-month customized training program at NAIT in millwright and instrumentation engineering technology, which included on-the-job training at the Corefco refinery in Fort Saskatchewan.
Tamil Nadu, India
Project: Sri Ramakrishna Advanced Training Institute (SRATI)
The Sri Ramakrishna Advanced Training Institute (SRATI) was created in 2007 in partnership with NAIT. We assisted them in developing a world-class welding and pipe trades training centre to respond to the needs of the emerging high-tech manufacturing sectors in Southern India. This project included the full development of SRATI, including curriculum validation, course design, laboratory design and construction, instructor training, equipment specification and commissioning, marketing, organizational structure and strategic planning. Welding was the first program developed in 2008.