More than 500 young students and apprentices gathered to compete at the 15th Canadian Skills Competition last month in Charlottetown, P.E.I. The two-day, national, Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology competition attracted 4,000 attendees and featured 40 events in six major trades and technology categories, including manufacturing, construction, transportation, information and technology, service, employment and leadership. A total of 173 medals were awarded to the top champions in each event. For a list of the winners, visit http://www.skillscanada.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=69&Itemid=93. "Industries that depend on skilled trade workers are key drivers of our economy and contribute over 50 percent of Canada's GDP," said Shaun Thorson, executive director, Skills Canada. "The Canadian Skills Competition is a unique event that helps showcase and raise awareness for the broad range of opportunities to be found in the trades, while demonstrating the depth of talent within the skills movement in Canada."The 40th WorldSkills Competition will take place in Calgary, Alta., September 1 to 7, 2009, where more than 900 young people will compete. The team competing for Canada was chosen at last year's Canadian Skills Competition.
TORONTO, Ont. - The Yves Landry Foundation (YLF) has already earmarked $15 million of the allocated $25 million for Ontario manufacturers to foster training that will lead to innovation.
WATERLOO, Ont. - The 20th Ontario Technological Skills competition took place in Waterloo, Ont. earlier this month, attracting more than 1,600 competitors and about 30,000 visitors from across the province.
How do you prepare electrical engineering students to work with automation and electrical systems in the real world of demanding commercial and industrial environments?Give them a lab equipped with leading-edge Schneider Electric automation and electrical equipment, staffed by professors at Ã‰cole Polytechnique Montreal.This industry-education link is facilitated by an alliance between the Fondation de Polytechnique, the Quebec Electrical Industry Association (Association de l’industrie électrique du Québec, or AIEQ), and the Institute of Electrical Power Engineering (IEPE), and industry players such as Schneider Electric.Mandated to develop a high-quality training program of electrical power engineers to respond to the needs of the electrical power industry, the IEPE encourages Quebec universities to pool teaching and research resources in electrical power engineering. Every year, 50 promising students from Quebec universities study electrical engineering at the Ã‰cole Polytechnique."The long term benefits of this program will help accelerate the transition of Quebec to a knowledge-based economy, and translate concern for developing clean and renewable energy into actionable projects," asserts Jean-FranÃ§ois Samray, AIEQ president and GM.Hoang Le-Huy, P. Eng., Dr. Eng., executive director of the Institute of Electrical Power Engineering, sees industry participation as key to the program’s success. "Industry members of the Fondation Polytechnique – such as Schneider Electric – have the opportunity to help shape the curriculum, give seminars on specific products or design tools, and equip labs with the latest automation and electrical products," he explains.Indeed, labs are the only way to show students the all-important link between abstract theory and real-world, shop-floor, operational constraints. "Automation is very exciting. You have to know each of the products, understand how they interact, use communication networks and software. The challenge is to design solutions that are easy to use by the Customers", explains Michel Crochon, automation executive vice-president of Schneider Electric. "Labs fitted with an automation system supplied by companies such as Schneider Electric offer students the best opportunity to learn how to solve system problems they will encounter on the shop floor."Students will now have the opportunity to learn to operate Schneider Electric’s high-performance M340 PLCs linked to a multi-protocol architecture (Modbus, CANopen, Ethernet TCP-IP) connected with an HMI and a SCADA system. The system also includes variable speed drives and power meters to allow remote monitoring/control of the machines."These new tools will allow students to work on projects in a technological environment that simulates leading-edge industrial facilities", says Ã‰cole Polytechnique CEO Christophe Guy.The result? IEPE and other Ã‰cole Polytechnique graduates garner a reputation for quickly learning how to successfully execute the on-the-job requirements of their new employers.www.polymtl.cawww.schneider-electric.ca
AURORA, Ont. - In tough economic times, training is more important than ever. Manufacturing AUTOMATION understands this and wants to know how your company is meeting its training needs in today's market. To take our brief, nine-question survey, please click here.
OTTAWA, Ont. - The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), recently announced federal support for a project entitled Supporting Women's Leadership in the Advanced Technology Sectors. Run by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, Women in Technology (CATA WIT), the project will encourage more women to consider the advanced technology field, and help those women already working in the field to improve the skills, knowledge and expertise they need for success.
SARNIA, Ont. - Lambton College, in Sarnia, Ont., will be training more apprentices to meet the local demand for workers in the construction sector and equipment maintenance, thanks to an investment by the Ontario government.
LONDON, Ont. - In a time when many manufacturers are struggling because of the volatile economy, Abrigo Industrial Machines Inc., of Brantford, Ont., is investing in the future of its industry through a donation to Fanshawe College in London, Ont.
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - Applications for the International Society of Automation's (ISA) Educational Foundation Scholarships are due by February 26, 2009.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - ASQ (American Society for Quality) has learned that when it comes to kids' dream jobs, engineering is not on the list.
Fergus, Ont. - A Portuguese software company has inked a three year deal with Imperial Automation Technologies to bring its unique PLC training product to Canada.According to Bill Valedis, with Imperial Automation Training, the deal will see the company become the exclusive distributor of Real Games LDA's ITS PLC product in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. ITS PLC is a 3D virtual simulation software package that works with any type of programmable logic controller or PC-based controller, bringing virtual reality into the world of PLC training.Each system is a visual simulation of an industrial system including virtual sensors and actuators, so their state can be sensed by the PLC. The objective is to program the PLC to control each virtual system as if it was a real system. The information is exchanged between the PLC and the virtual system by a data acquisition board with 32 I/O isolated channels and USB interface. ITS PLC works with any PLC from any manufacturer.
Oshawa, Ont. - General Motors of Canada says its new Automotive Centre of Excellence has taken the next step toward reality, racking up more than $120 million in contributions.The centre, set to open at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), will be the hub of the broader Automotive Innovation Network linking automotive engineers, auto suppliers and Canadian universities. When completed, the centre will house state-of-the-art research and development tools in the areas of vehicle dynamics, noise and vibration, thermal climatic wind tunnel, structural durability testing and the ability to accommodate future automotive fuels like hydrogen."Our vision has been to create a new advanced automotive technology cluster centered at UOIT that links together our best Canadian companies, universities, students and engineers with companies in the Canadian automotive supply chain," says Arturo Elias, president of General Motors of Canada.The new centre will partner with PACE, (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) a consortium of companies with five partners (GM, EDS, HP, Siemens PLM Software and Sun Microsystems) and 10 other PACE contributors. PACE will provide an initial investment of more than $60 million in state-of-the-art computer-based hardware, engineering software, student and instructor training and academic support. That level of support is expected to grow over time as it is integrated into new curricula. The Ontario government is investing $58 million in the centre as part of its $235 million auto strategy investment.GM and the Government of Canada also announced further support in the form of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grant to co-fund an NSERC-GM of Canada Chair in Innovative Design Engineering. NSERC and GM of Canada will contribute $1 million each over a five-year period, in combination with UOIT's contribution of $250,000, to fund this new academic position.
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