ConocoPhillips Canada invests in building a skilled workforce
ConocoPhillips Canada is taking an important step toward solving Alberta’s labour needs through a $300,000 investment in support of the Power Engineering Technology program at NAIT.
“NAIT strongly values our partnership with ConocoPhillips Canada,” said Dr. Forrest Tittle, dean of the School of Sustainable Building and Environmental Management. “Through this support, NAIT will continue to provide students with the relevant skills training needed to address the critical shortage of power engineers in Alberta.”
In 2012/13, enrolment for the two-year Power Engineering Technology diploma program was at capacity with 130 students. The program provides students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills to operate and maintain a variety of equipment used in the field. With a strong emphasis on safety and efficiency, students learn to work with boilers, pumps, compressors, fans, turbines, refrigeration units, heating systems and other related equipment.
“The NAIT Power Engineering Technology program is vital to building the skilled workforce Alberta demands,” explained Dominic Macklon, senior vice president of oil sands for ConocoPhillips. “We are very pleased to support this valuable program.
The shortage of skilled power engineers extends across Canada, resulting in significant opportunities for graduates from the program. Rewarding careers are available in hospitals, large building complexes, and industrial plants, such as power generating, petrochemical, natural gas processing, upgraders, petroleum refineries, and pulp and paper. Through investments from business and industry leaders like ConocoPhillips Canada, NAIT is able to deliver the training necessary to respond to the growing need for skilled power engineers.
NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas, including science, technology and the environment, business, health care and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students - 29 communication electrician apprentices - in 1962 and this year concludes its 50th anniversary celebrations.
About ConocoPhillips Canada
ConocoPhillips Canada is one of the country's largest oil and gas exploration and production companies. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta it is a leading producer of natural gas and liquids, with a world-class portfolio of assets in Western Canada and the Arctic. It is also one of Canada’s top in-situ oil sands producers. For more information, visit: www.conocophillips.com