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Sudbury college to offer mechanical technician program

New program a reflection of industry need
André Roberge, coordinator of Cambrian College’s mechanical technician program, in the machine shop at Cambrian’s Sudbury campus. (Supplied photo)

Cambrian College will start offering a mechanical technician-manufacturing/machining program this coming January.

The Sudbury school announced the new program on Nov. 14.

“It’s very exciting to be launching this program because industry is in dire need of people with these skills,” program coordinator André Roberge said in a news release.

“It is a fulfilling trade and offers students many pathways to follow in the industry.”

Students will use industry-standard equipment and computer-assisted design techniques to design and build machines and components necessary in the manufacturing process. This program includes a co-op diploma apprenticeship option, allowing students to receive the combination of a college diploma and apprenticeship training at the same time.

The program is one of two new offerings being introduced next year. The second is an applied learning disability studies program, which is offered online and gives students a combined concentration in learning strategies and assistive technology.

Cambrian said the introduction of new programs, unique programs, and greater use of flexible approaches to learning are all part of its strategic plan to make education more student-centred and impactful.

“Our goal is to be a go-to college, not just for Greater Sudbury and northeastern Ontario, but Ontario and beyond,” college president Bill Best said in the release.

“To do that, we are constantly adjusting and evolving our programs to suit what students need for the career opportunities that exist now and in the future.”