Fort McMurray Today reports of the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Oilsands Trades and Research Centre at Keyano College. The project, among others supported by Syncrude Canada, provides the opportunity for approximately 500 power engineer students (online and regular classroom students) to graduate the program each year.
“We’ve always been really big supporters of Keyano College and we have such a need for power engineers that this is such a natural fit for our business,” said Scott Sullivan, president and CEO of Syncrude Canada. “It’s a great opportunity to help the folks in the region to stay here, get a good education and then come work for us.”
Keyano president and CEO, Kevin Nagel, says power engineers are “a critical need” across the province, calling the power lab “just the beginning.” […] “It’s one of those key jobs that goes across many different industries, so there’s many different employers looking for opportunities to hire power engineering students,” said Nagel. “I think it’s key to the industry, it’s key to the ongoing progress that’s required and it’s key to really achieving the economic and social benefits from the Athabasca oilsands region that we need.”