Students considering post-secondary studies in this province will have the added option of entering Academy Canada’s new process operator program, as of the winter 2013 semester.
According to a statement released this morning by the private college, the 33-week program (link: www.academycanada.com/programs-and-courses/process-operator) is being offered in direct response to demand from industry.
“As industrial activity continues to grow and employers face unprecedented skilled labor shortages, it is important for our school to continue to offer innovative training and prepare tomorrows workforce,” stated college director James Loder.
“Process operator is just one example of trades that simply will not have nearly enough workers for the future.”
The Academy Canada program will result in students having the certification needed to become a first-year apprentice. As with other apprenticeship programs, years of training on the job will be required before students will be qualified for most full-time, process operator positions that arise.
Process operators are used at heavy industry sites, typically in the oil, gas and mining sectors. Jobs for process operators also become available in the chemical, pulp and paper and agriculture industries, according to information being offered by the college.
They are needed to operate industrial plant, complete regular on-site testing and monitor equipment.