New equipment helps Lower Mainland trades students get skilled

VANCOUVER – Three public post-secondary institutions in the Lower Mainland will receive a total of $1,103,048 to buy new trades training equipment that supports students entering in-demand occupations critical to the economy. British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will receive $421,500 for new trades training equipment. Examples include a CNC lathe that will be used in the machinist and millwright programs, a motor grader that will be used in the heavy mechanic programs, welding equipment that will be used in … Continued

BCIT offers first-in-Canada Bachelor’s Degree in Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering

BURNABY, BC: Students torn between a career as a Geologist or a career as an Engineer will soon have a much easier decision. Starting this Fall, BCIT will offer a new Bachelor of Engineering in Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering. This unique degree builds on BCIT’s 50-year track-record of offering the Mineral Exploration and Mining Diploma as well as industry relevant engineering and trades programs .   Read more…

BCIT welcomes launch of the Canada Apprentice Loan

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces details of program during Annacis Island Campus event For immediate release: January 8, 2015 ANNACIS ISLAND, DELTA, BC: Apprentices pursuing a career in the trades may now find it easier to fund their education, thanks to the launch of the Canada Apprentice Loan program. Announced today at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Vancouver Community College (VCC) Motive Power Centre of Excellence Campus in Delta by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the federal government … Continued

New BCIT program provides specialized training for shipbuilding

Students across British Columbia who want to pursue a career in the shipbuilding industry can now choose a specialized skills training course for the anticipated demand in the marine and shipbuilding sectors. The Marine Fitter program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology officially launched today with the first class of students beginning training. This intensive four-level training program prepares apprentices for work associated with safe and efficient shipyard production.  Read more….

More access, reduced waitlist for trades training seats at BCIT

Government is delivering on its commitment in B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint to increase access and reduce waitlists for critical trades training seats by adding 272 seats at the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT). Seats will be available to students as early as September, 2014. The seats are aligned with the top 12 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) trades jobs that include welders, industrial electricians, ironworkers, crane operators and heavy duty equipment mechanics, and will support in-demand jobs needed in other … Continued

BCIT Engineering programs granted accreditation

BCIT’s Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering received accreditation from the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). The CEAB was established by Engineers Canada to examine Canadian undergraduate engineering programs and accredit those that meet the profession’s high education standards. Graduates of accredited programs are considered to have the necessary academic qualifications to be licensed as professional engineers in Canada.  Click here for more information.

Heavy-duty transportation centre to focus on innovation and collaboration

Government is providing $4.5 million to move heavy-duty transportation programs offered by BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Vancouver Community College (VCC) into a new Motive Power Centre. Motive power programs train heavy-duty mechanics, transport trailer mechanics, diesel mechanics, commercial transportation mechanics, railway conductors and forklift operators. Read more…..

PACE Report: Shutting the Tap on Leaky Condos

Best practice guidelines and building codes to help resolve deficiencies in building design Dr. Fitsum Tariku, Canada Research Chair in Whole-Building Performance at BCIT, is developing tools that enable the design of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly buildings that are durable, economical and healthy for their occupants. Tariku’s research will help to identify and resolve critical weaknesses in building systems, such as the “leaky condo” crisis. Download the pdf  BCIT Building Code Development

PACE Report: Food for Thought

A Comparative Analysis Between Native BC & European Hawthorn Species Working with the West Kootenay Herb Grower’s Cooperative (WKHGC), BCIT’s Natural Health and Food Projects Research Group (NRG) is assessing the economic viability of native BC hawthorn species as a medicinal herb and to determine the feasibility of growing them locally, as an alternative crop. Download the pdf here BCIT BC vs European Hawthorn