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Program to train students in maintenance for battery-electric mining vehicles

Collège Boréal’s new program will be offered in French and English
Collège Boréal in Sudbury will offer a maintenance course for battery-electric mining vehicles starting this coming fall. (File photo)

New programming at Collège Boréal in Sudbury will train students in the maintenance of battery-electric vehicles used in the mining industry.

The French-language college announced on Feb. 29 that it is partnering with Mayhew Performance to offer the program, starting in the fall of 2020.

It will focus on three main areas: battery technology, battery security standards, and battery maintenance.

The school said the program is designed for professionals in the mining sector who want to add the specialty to their skill set, as well as graduates in related fields who want to further their professional development.

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“Collège Boréal listens to and collaborates with the industry to design its programs. That is why we are especially pleased to announce this new training in battery-electric mining equipment maintenance,” said Julie Nadeau, Boréal’s director of business development, in a March 2 news release.

“It will certainly bolster skills and provide workers in a field that is increasingly vital for mining companies.”

The school called battery maintenance “a key factor in ensuring the operating time and life expectancy of battery-electric mining equipment.”

Mayhew Performance is a newly established company co-owned by Mike Mayhew, who specializes in battery technology, project delivery, and execution.

“I am honoured to work with Collège Boréal on this exciting project,” Mayhew said in the release.

“The mining industry has big hopes for this program and it is significant that a major training institution like Collège Boréal has decided to move forward to design and offer this program in the college system.”