Sault College is receiving a $100,000 contribution from Algoma Steel to help deliver its fledgling mechatronics program, starting in the fall of 2022.
The funding from the Sault Ste Marie steelmaker is earmarked for equipment purchases and to renovate space on the campus to create advanced labs and classrooms for trades apprentices and students in the mechanical and electrical programs.
Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of science and engineering that involves a combination of mechanical, electrical, computer and software skills to work with smart technologies, such as robots, automated guided systems and computer-integrated manufacturing equipment.
For graduates of the program, there are careers as an engineer or technician in the field of robotics, automation, control systems, troubleshooting, electronics, mechanical design, instrumentation, data scientist and software design.
Sault College will offering the four-year bachelor of engineering degree in mechatronics with the first class starting in September 2021.
In a statement, Algoma Steel CEO Michael McQuade said this program will turn out the "next generation of engineers that the high-tech steelmaking of today and tomorrow depends on as advanced manufacturers."
“At Algoma, we are focused on the future and appreciate that it’s all of our responsibility to foster great engineering talent in Sault Ste. Marie, to ensure our long-term future together and successful adoption of emerging technologies.”
Sault College president Ron Common said Algoma Steel continues to be a valuable industry partner in advancing their programming.
"Through our innovative Bachelor of Engineering – Mechatronics degree program, offered in partnership with Humber College, we are educating and training highly qualified graduates to strengthen the workforce in this in-demand, specialized area."