Ground broken on NAIT’s Spruce Grove Campus
New site will allow polytechnic to expand high-demand Crane and Hoisting program
Ground was officially broken today on NAIT’s Spruce Grove Campus, which will be home to the polytechnic’s Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator program beginning in September 2016. The campus will allow NAIT to significantly expand this apprentice program – helping to meet Alberta’s growing need for crane operators.
NAIT currently has the capacity to accommodate up to 276 Crane and Hoisting students each year at its leased site in Nisku. The new site has the potential to increase this by more than 80%. Apprentice seats are determined annually by the Government of Alberta.
Crane operators work in a variety of industries, including the oil and gas sector, construction and more. The City of Edmonton alone last year issued $4.6 billion in building permits, including several large downtown projects, setting a new record. These projects require crane operators.
The Spruce Grove Campus will also provide an enhanced educational experience for students. In addition to six cranes on site when the facility opens next year, the campus will include classrooms, offices and world-class simulation labs in a modern facility.
Spruce Grove Campus provides the flexibility to accommodate other NAIT programs in the future that require more space than is available at the polytechnic’s Main Campus. The project is funded through a $7.8 million commitment from the Government of Alberta. Melcor Developments is managing the design and construction process for the world-class facility.
• The new campus will be located on 133 acres of land.
• Six cranes will be moved to Spruce Grove in 2016. The largest has a maximum extension capability of 200 feet, equal to approximately a 14- to 16-storey building.
• Crane and Hoisting includes boom truck and mobile crane operators.
• Boom truck operators set up, service and operate truck-mounted hydraulic booms that are capable of moving heavy loads.
• Mobile crane operators service and operate booms that are mounted on crawlers or wheeled frames, as well as travelling, fixed or climbing-type hoisting equipment with a vertical mast or tower, and have a jib (the kind seen on large construction sites). These are three-year apprenticeships with technical training in the first and third years.
• Spruce Grove Campus is located on Golden Spike Road, 1.5 km south of Parkland Highway, on the south side of Spruce Grove.
Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT President and CEO
“The need for crane operators in our province is significant. With billions in development happening in downtown Edmonton alone, Alberta needs a highly skilled workforce to build the required infrastructure. Our new campus in Spruce Grove will allow even more people to access the polytechnic education they need for a rewarding career.”
Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Advanced Education
“Our government understands the need to access high quality training. This new campus will give apprentices access to a state of the art facility. We know the demand for skilled labour continues to exist in many sectors. As the economy starts to rebound, our government is ensuring the apprenticeship system is ready to meet the demand for skilled labour.”
Stuart Houston, Spruce Grove mayor
“We are extremely proud that NAIT has chosen Spruce Grove as the home for its new satellite campus. Having a post-secondary training facility of this calibre within our city has the potential to attract further industrial development and some of the province’s best workers. I look forward to the opening of NAIT’s Spruce Grove Campus in 2016 and the exciting possibility for future expansion in the years to come.”
Brian Baker, Melcor President and CEO
“For more than 90 years, Melcor has been committed to helping the communities where we do business grow and prosper. It’s an integral part of who we are. This project is the result of true collaboration, and we are incredibly proud to be a partner in bringing this campus to Spruce Grove and turning NAIT’s vision into a reality. To have two levels of government here today along with NAIT and our company is a testament to the impact this facility will have on the community and the region at large. Skills and training translate into good mortgage paying jobs for Albertans.”
NAIT Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator - Mobile Crane
NAIT Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator – Boom Truck
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The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.