Sandivik, a Swedish engineering group renowned for its technologies in mining, excavation and metal cutting, has revealed its latest contribution towards sustainable development. As part of their climate action plan, Sandvik has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Northern College, Canada to set up a training program for battery-electric vehicles (BEV).
Northern College, Ontario specialises in applied arts and technology, and is known for facilitating innovative and post-secondary programs like apprenticeships and industry training.
Made official on 13 October, the collaboration aims to enhance existing modules of BEV technician trainings. The program, titled ‘Northern College Battery Electric Vehicle Technician’, is an attempt to educate and train technicians to improve the use of BEV technologies in the mining industry. As an industry insider, Sandvik’s support for this program is critical.
The Canadian mining sector has seen an all-round development due to an increasing use of battery-electric vehicles. However, there is a lack of specialised technicians adept in handling BEV technology. This program addresses that need.
“This program is really a win-win for a cleaner industry while also supporting resource development in the communities close to the mines using BEV technology,” said Peter Corcoran, Vice President Canada, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.
Dr. Audrey J. Penner, President and CEO of Northern College, explained in detail the signifciane of this course. “It’s important to be aware of the fact that the technology powering battery-electric vehicles is considerably different than that of diesel machines” she said.
Dr. Penner went on to add, “For that reason, the Canadian mining industry requires a new generation of service technicians who are trained in servicing electrically-powered machinery and Northern College is responding to that call for talent and training.”
Along with Northern College and the Haileybury School of Mines, Sandvik will develop the program to suit the needs of the industry.
This collaboration was supported and encouraged by another industry specialist, Evan Pelletier, the Vice President of Mining at Kirkland Lake Gold. He said, “Using BEV at our Macassa Mine benefits us in a number of ways, including significantly lowering greenhouse gas emissions, improving working conditions and reducing capital requirements for ventilation.”
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