Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

October 03, 2014 12:00 ET

Harper Government Invests in Saskatchewan Aerospace Sector

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Oct. 3, 2014) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Students enrolled in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) program at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) will benefit from additional hands-on training thanks to a $2 million investment announced today by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

The Government of Canada's investment will allow SIIT to upgrade its training aircrafts, computer hardware and software, and corresponding infrastructure at the Saskatchewan Aviation Learning Centre (SALC).

SIIT will convert AME training manuals to digital format and YouTube-style videos so students can review materials online and download applications to their laptops or tablets from on or off campus. With these training resources, and additional bench-side work using the extra aircraft, Saskatchewan's AME graduates will benefit from improved technical skills.

Increased exploration and expansion activities in Saskatchewan's oil and gas, and mineral sectors, as well as growth in agricultural production, has resulted in greater aviation traffic in many of the province's airports including: Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, La Ronge, Yorkton and Swift Current. SIIT is expanding its training facility to help meet increased industry demand.

Quick Facts

  • SALC opened in 2010 and 23 individuals have graduated from the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer program to date.
  • Defence procurement continues to be a priority for the Government of Canada. SIIT is a proud partner in Canada's Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) policy and has secured over $4.6 million from aerospace and defence contractors, like Boeing, to build and expand SALC and its AME program.

Quotes

"Our Government is committed to investments in technology and skills training. SIIT's aircraft maintenance program provides graduates with the opportunity to fully participate in the Saskatchewan aerospace sector."

  • Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

"SIIT is very proud to have Western Economic Diversification Canada as a partner in this initiative. The investment will allow us to be more competitive-we can now secure the platforms that will bring our students into this age of rapidly advancing technology. This initiative spins back into an upgrade across the institute and it could have only happened with the support of Western Economic Diversification Canada."

  • Riel Bellegarde, President and CEO, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

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