MacLean Engineering is partnering with Cambrian College to support training and development for electric, automated and digitalized mines.
The MacLean Research and Training Facility in Sudbury, Ontario, will host the practical component of Cambrian College’s Industrial Battery Electric Vehicle Maintenance Course.
“Successful innovation depends on great collaboration, and I think this partnership with MacLean is a perfect example,” said Stephen Gravel, manager of Cambrian College’s Centre for Smart Mining.
“No single educational institution or company can drive change entirely on its own, but rather it’s a spirit of cooperation that will help us drive innovation in mining of the 21st century and that’s why I’m confident we’ll succeed.”
The curriculum, developed in part with technical input from MacLean, is designed for heavy duty technicians currently working in the mining sector.
Alongside corporate training courses, Cambrian College’s Centre for Smart Miningis also the only federally recognized Technology Access Centre specific to the mining technology, with funding to support technology development and acceleration.
“Practical training for BEV mechanics and applied research opportunities for the next generation of mechatronics professionals to facilitate the adoption of on-vehicle technology – these are concrete examples of MacLean leveraging its test decline in Greater Sudbury to make a difference in the industry,” said Stella Holloway, general manager for Northern Ontario operations at MacLean.
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“This is a chance for us to walk the talk when it comes to ramping up our research and training facility to actively support long-term, positive change in mining and I’m thrilled that we’re doing this in partnership with Cambrian.”
The Cambrian-MacLean strategic partnership will focus both on the training of heavy duty mechanics to support battery electric vehicle (BEV) fleets, as well as supporting the development of mechatronics workers in the mining industry by providing Cambrian College students with the opportunity to work directly with the MacLean Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) team based out of the company’s Research and Training Facility.