College of the Rockies launching new technology program

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College of the Rockies President David Walls (front row, right) joined The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (front row, second from left), Jack Moes, Dean of Trades and Technology (right, back row),and representatives from the Digital Technology Supercluster, and other post-secondary institutions for the announcement of supercluster projects in Vancouver, January 16.

Autonomous Systems Technician program aims to prepare students for an evolving workplace

College of the Rockies is pleased to announce it is a recipient of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster Capacity Building Program funding, part of the Federal Government’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative. This funding supports the launch of a new two-year Autonomous Systems Technician diploma program, beginning this September 2020.

“We are living in a time when automation is rapidly transforming industry,” said Jack Moes, Dean of Trades and Technology. “New jobs are being created requiring talented technicians with new skills for this shifting work environment. This pilot program aims to ensure a skilled workforce is prepared to respond to emerging needs in our region and beyond.”

Students in the program will be trained to install, maintain and repair telecommunications equipment related to autonomous heavy vehicles and the sensor networks used in surface mines both in B.C. and in the Alberta oilsands.

The Autonomous Systems Technician program was developed in conjunction with Teck Resources Limited and Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster to respond to the resource industry’s need for technicians skilled at installing and supporting wireless sensor and controller network systems. The program is also designed such that graduates may find employment in a variety of telecommunication industry settings.


UPDATE: This two-year diploma program has been renamed Wireless Systems Technician.



About College of the Rockies
For more than 40 years, College of the Rockies has provided post-secondary education that meets the needs and aspirations of the people, industry and businesses of our region. Each year, we welcome more than 10,000 full-time and part-time students into a full range of programs, including: skilled trades, university studies, adult upgrading, early childhood education, health and human services, business, office administration, tourism, hospitality, recreation, fire services, continuing education and contract training. Through smaller class sizes, highly-personalized instruction and dedicated support services, our students are primed to succeed in the job market, or in the next stage of their academic journey.

About the Digital Technology Supercluster
The Digital Technology Supercluster is positioning Canada as a global leader in digital technologies which will solve industry’s and society’s most challenging problems. The Supercluster co-invests with industry in ambitious technology solutions to improve the sustainability and competitiveness of our natural resources, healthcare and industrial sectors while also energizing our economy. By leveraging the strengths and diversity of small and large companies, research organizations and government agencies, our approach delivers impact with the speed and magnitude that no single organization could achieve on its own. The Supercluster manages the investments provided by the Government of Canada’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative and the public and private organizations which constitute its membership. www.digitalsupercluster.ca .

Heather Jackson
Manager, Communications and Marketing
College of the Rockies