Algoma Steel invests $ 100,000 in Sault College program (updated)
Algoma Steel invests $ 100,000 in college mechatronics engineering program
The CEO of Algoma Steel says the company is preparing for its future needs by investing now in a Sault College program that offers hands-on experience in cutting-edge technologies, like robotics.
“It is very important that we have the future worker who can be educated and provide them with the opportunity to acquire the skills and for us to get the workforce, especially locally,” said Michael McQuade, Head of the management of Algoma Steel Inc. in an announcement Wednesday. at the College of Sault.
Algoma Steel is donating $ 100,000 to the college for its new mechatronic engineering program, which is being offered at The Sault for the first time this year through a partnership with Humber College.
The newly announced funds will be used to purchase new teaching materials to allow more local students to gain hands-on experience.
Program coordinator Donovan Kennedy said the inaugural class consists of around 65 students, four of whom are educated in Sault, the majority attending a Humber campus in Etobicoke.
Kennedy said the four-year program provides students with a good programming foundation for a variety of applications, including heavy industry, manufacturing, agriculture, and others.
“They are learning about a real industrial robot, something they would see in industry,” Kennedy said. “With a degree in mechatronics, they have this background in electricity, automation, and programming, all built into that degree. “
A small-scale ABB teaching robot used at the college as part of the program was present for the announcement.
McQuade said Algoma Steel anticipates future needs for skilled workers as it continues to modernize the plant.
“With that comes new technology where we need employees who can work with that technology and keep it up to date,” McQuade said. “It made a lot of sense to invest where you combine mechanical, electrical and IT factors in the types of automation that we are seeing.”
He hopes that investing in the program will help provide more residents with the skills they need to stay in the community and work for Algoma Steel.
“We are excited to be able to support our community and the next generation of innovators who will emerge from this program,” said McQuade.
The investment in the program is just another example of a long-standing partnership with Algoma Steel, said Ron Common, president of Sault College.
“They have been close partners for decades and they sit on our advisory committees, they sit on our board of directors, they help us keep our programs up to date and create employment opportunities for our graduates,” Common said. . “They’re thinking about new kinds of skills that engineers will need. “