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Porcupine Gold Mines donates to French-language heavy equipment programs

Collège Boréal has received 15 pieces of equipment to help train students in the motive power techniques and heavy equipment technician programs.
Porcupine Gold Mines-Goldcorp in Timmins has donated $15,000 worth of used heavy equipment to the heavy equipment programs at Collège Boréal. (Photo supplied)

Porcupine Gold Mines-Goldcorp (PGM) has donated 15 pieces of used equipment to the heavy equipment programs at Collège Boréal in Timmins.

The equipment, valued at $15,000, includes a Detroit diesel engine, a Minecat engine, two Yanmar UPC engines, two Cummins QSB 4.5 engines, a Minecat transmission, the front axle of a Miller truck, a four-cylinder diesel engine, a mini excavator, and a Caterpillar IT28 loader.

They will be used by students in the motive power techniques-heavy equipment and heavy equipment technician programs at the school, which teach students to repair and maintain diesel engines and various components for industrial, agricultural, forestry, and construction machinery. Boréal is the only college in Ontario to offer the programs in French.

“The donation of mining equipment supports the development of local talent in our industry and helps address our future recruiting needs,” said Marc Lauzier, PGM’s mine general manager, in a release.

“Students will graduate with the knowledge required to work on some of the same pieces of equipment we run at our mine sites. At Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines, we do more than just operate gold mines.

“We are invested in our community and want to contribute to the long-term social and economic benefit of the community,” Lauzier added. “We see our various partnerships with Collège Boréal as key to the development of our local labour force.”

Over the years, PGM has made several contributions to the Timmins campus, including a $30,000 donation last March for Boréal’s Culinary Arts and Culinary Management programs, as well as another equipment donation (23 pieces) in October 2015.

Boréal awarded its 2016 President’s Award to Goldcorp Porcupine Gold Mines in recognition of the company’s ongoing commitment to the college and the Timmins community.