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With an eye on the future of mining, Cambrian College set to launch new Industrial Battery Electric Vehicle Maintenance course this Fall

Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

SUDBURY – The future of mining is battery-powered and Cambrian College is helping lead the way. The use of Industrial battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is increasing in modern mining, and the industry needs skilled workers to implement and maintain this new technology. Cambrian’s latest Corporate Training course will ensure those employees already working in mining can obtain that expertise and qualifications in Greater Sudbury.

"An often overlooked, yet critical component, in the adoption of new techniques and technologies in the mining sector is ensuring the workforce is adequately trained,” says Stephen Gravel, manager of Cambrian R&D’s Centre for Smart Mining. “A major barrier to getting new technologies like BEVs into mines is the lack of familiarity and comfort among heavy duty equipment technicians in the field. The Centre for Smart Mining is looking to address this problem through targeted technology upskilling in a number of important high-tech areas; the first of which being BEVs."

The BEV training course is being delivered by Cambrian’s Corporate Training division in partnership with the College’s Centre for Smart Mining, which is part of Cambrian R&D, the college’s applied research division. The course is designed specifically for heavy duty equipment technicians employed in the mining sector.

The course begins online this fall and will be led by a qualified instructor. On-campus in-person learning opportunities are expected to be available in the future as activities fully resume on the College’s campus. Those looking to upgrade their skillset will gain much needed industry knowledge through four modules:

Fundamentals of Battery Electric Vehicle Safety
Introduction to Battery Electric Mobile Equipment
Introduction to Battery Electric Vehicle Communication and Troubleshooting
Practical Battery Electric Vehicle Training
“At Cambrian, we’re committed to keeping up with the latest industry trends and making sure our courses are meeting demands in real time,” explains Cambrian College’s president, Bill Best. “The advancements in mining, especially with innovation and the shift to battery electric vehicles is just one area where we are the premier destination for those looking to upgrade their skills to be ready for the jobs that just didn’t exist a few short years ago.”

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Photo: Cambrian College Heavy Equipment program faculty, students, and researchers with a diesel scoop tram being converted to a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). Cambrian is launching a new Industrial Battery Electric Vehicle Maintenance course for heavy-duty equipment technicians already working in the mining industry.

Cambrian College is northeastern Ontario’s largest college, with more than 80 programs. Cambrian’s main campus is in Greater Sudbury, with satellite centres in Espanola and Little Current.

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Cambrian College to Hold Virtual Welcome Week for New Students

Posted on Friday September 4, 2020
Cambrian College Campus picture from the ground showing the fountain and some green trees

SUDBURY – Another new academic year begins next week at Cambrian College in Sudbury.

The fall semester will feature a combination of on-campus labs for hands-on learning, and faculty-led online learning for the theory portion of …

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