A new 10-week program at Selkirk College will provide learners the opportunity to acquire the education and training needed to enter in-demand careers that keep pace with accelerated technology adoption.
Get In-Demand Skills
Students will learn a variety of 3D printing design and operational software:
And explore the basics of 3D modeling and 3D printing technologies.
Learn how to build, operate, and maintain a 3D printer, and upon successful completion of the program, students will own the printer they have built.
March 1 to May 7, 2021
Blended delivery: Online and at the Selkirk Technology Access Centre in Trail, BC. (About 20-25 hours will be on campus with the rest of instruction online.)
Tuition: Free for eligible students with funding provided through the Skills Training for Economic Recovery Grant, one component of WorkBC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apply by Feb. 24, 2021
Basic computer skills are required. This program is free to qualified applicants. Register using the link below to be contacted regarding your eligility. Registration does not guarantee acceptance.
Selkirk Technology Access Centre houses approximately $1M in advanced manufacturing equipment and provides training, in addition to research and development support to industry clients, to enable a 21st Century workforce in southeast British Columbia.
Accelerating Industry Demand
The experience of COVID has broadly accelerated technology adoption in our society. In a recovering economy, we expect significant demand for the productivity-enhancing advanced manufacturing technologies available at the Selkirk Technology Access Centre (STAC), and the accompanying and still very rare skills available through this ready-to-go program offering.
The manufacturing sector is a significant source of employment for B.C., representing about 7% of employment. The sector is comprised of a diverse mix of industries. For example, wood and paper products manufacturing employment is forecasted to decline whereas other manufacturing industries are forecasted to grow at a faster pace.
This industry will continue to be affected by the adoption of automation technologies, which tend to suppress labour demand. Over the next ten years, more than 50,000 job openings are anticipated, 95% of which are needed to replace exiting workers.
The majority of the advanced manufacturing companies in the Kootenay region (92%) have less than 20 employees and our training strategy is designed to address the unique needs of these small and medium-sized enterprises. As the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development notes, they are driving job growth, but need higher investment in skills, innovation and technology to boost wages and productivity.
While small and medium-sized enterprises are more engaged in new organisational or marketing practices than large firms, and sometimes more innovative in developing new products and processes, many continue to struggle disproportionately to navigate the increasing complexity in technologies and markets. Small and medium-sized enterprises struggle to combine different types of innovation, and continue to face size-related barriers in accessing strategic resources, such as expertise, finance, equipment, facility space, and technical training. Read more...
Design for Additive Manufacturing In-Depth
Using Fusion 360, students in the Design for Additive Manufacturing training program will learn the basics of design criteria for a variety of additive manufacturing processes. Students will gain knowledge in solid, parametric and polygonal modeling and be introduced to additive manufacturing design criteria. A variety of design techniques for additive technologies including stereolithography (SLA) and fused deposition modeling (FDM) will be explored.
Students will also learn standard operating and maintenance procedures for additive manufacturing machines and process and workflows, including safe operation of all systems. A variety of additive manufacturing technologies will be explored including, but not limited to: stereolithography (SLA) and fused deposition modeling (FDM) machines.
In this course, students will build a 3D printer and upon successful completion of the program will own the printer they have built.