CNC To Have New Trades Facility
CNC President Henry Reiser points out features of new facility to student Connor Cameron – photos 250News
Prince George, B.C.- The College of New Caledonia will soon see construction start on a new heavy mechanical trades training facility.
The new facility, to be built on the east side of the Prince George campus, will replace an existing building and leased facilities. The 2,326 square metre facility will accommodate 251 existing full time equivalent students, and up to 48 new FTEs in the heavy-duty equipment technician truck and transport mechanics program. That’s a capacity increase of nearly 20%.
The facility will cost $15 million, and has the Province and Federal Government each contributing $6.9 million. the $1.2 million dollar balance will be covered by the college and private investment.
Student Connor Cameron is thrilled with the plan “Not only will this benefit the students currently enrolled in this program, but it will open the doors, big doors, for other students and staff. We work with large tools, equipment and heavy machinery that is five times the size of the average vehicle. Having space to manoeuver without disrupting others, and to be able to handle multiple pieces of equipment in the shop at the same time, will boost efficiency and keep everyone busy.” He says the new technology that will be part of this project will mean students can work on newer models and a variety of types of equipment will also be a benefit “The more exposure we, as students, get to equipment, the more likely we are to be successful in the work force.”
He says the new facility will mean students will be prepared to handle equipment from mining to farming, forestry to transportation, “You never know what will come through those bay doors.”
To be built to LEED Gold certification, CNC President Henry Reiser says the new facility will be much more energy efficient, and that will help the college meet its carbon-neutral objective.
The construction is expected to start soon with a completion date of Spring of 2018.