The Canadian nanotech sector is just beginning to emerge, and Alberta is a major player. The Alberta government unveiled a nanotechnology strategy in 2007, outlining an investment of funds and infrastructure aimed at capturing a $20 billion share of the worldwide nanotechnology market by 2020. The provincial govemment will ;invest $130 million over 5 years to expand research capacity and develop new economic applications. Alberta now boasts a growing nanotech enterprise sector of more than 40 companies, with many located in the Edmonton region. Labour forecasts for the sector project very strong growth.
The field has applications across many industries, products and processes, including energy, pharmaceuticals, textiles, cosmetics, foods and automobiles. For example, micrometer-level mechanical devices built onto semiconductor chips are used to make temperature and pressure sensors, light reflectors and inkjet print heads. Micro-fluidic systems have application in the discovery of new drugs, and micron-scale chemistry is leading to the development of high-performance fabrics able to withstand extreme environments.
NAIT's Nanotechnology Systems diploma will help to prepare the workforce for this burgeoning industry. Graduates will fill technical roles in nanotechnology manufacturing and research departments, supporting engineers and scientists. Graduates will be equipped with the skills to operate systems and equipment associated with Canada's emerging nanotechnology industry.
For more information about the nanotechnology industry and potential careers, visit:
- Alberta Nano Strategy Overview - article in Nanotechnology Now
- Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT Products (ACAMP)
- National Institute for Nanotechnology
- NanoFab - A Micro & Nanofabrication Facility at the University of Alberta
- Cool Companies Magazine Special Issue: Nanotechnology in Alberta
- Micralyne - MEMS Foundry Services
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Continuing your studies
Graduates may enhance their education by enrolling in NAIT's Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (BTech) degree.