Instrumentation programs benefit from Schneider Electric donation
Schneider Electric, a leader in energy efficiency solutions, has contributed $275,000 to support the Instrument Technician Apprenticeship and Instrumentation Engineering Technology programs at NAIT.
As a part of the commitment, Schneider Electric has donated $225,000 worth of in-kind equipment widely used for the measurement and control of industrial and commercial plant processes.
“Each year almost 400 students utilize technology donated by Schneider Electric,” said Andy van der Veen, chair of the Instrumentation programs at NAIT. “This donation is fundamental for NAIT in teaching instrumentation engineering technologists and apprentices the skills with industry-relevant technology.”
Highly specialized in automated practices to conserve energy, reduce pollution and improve productivity, the instrumentation field has become increasingly important and in demand. The remaining $50,000 of Schneider Electric’s contribution has been earmarked for developing curriculum to meet the requirements of Alberta’s largely industrial-based economy.
“Schneider Electric is proud to share its products, solutions and technology with the students of NAIT. Practical experience with industry-standard equipment is essential for students as they prepare to enter the Alberta workforce and continue the growth of the province,” said Terry Sawatzky, sales manager with Schneider Electric. “Development of curriculum devoted to energy efficiency and pollution reduction aligns closely with our commitments to promote society-wide sustainable development.”
As one of Canada’s largest polytechnics, NAIT is committed to meeting the current and future need for technology-based education. With this generous contribution, Schneider Electric is helping NAIT provide Instrumentation students with the job-ready skills to have an immediate and direct impact on Alberta’s energy, forestry, mining and manufacturing sectors.
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 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 in 1962.
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of more than $26 billion in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organisations “Make the most of their energy.”